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English 201B: Introduction to Literature and Critical Thinking (Online)

CRN: 33484

Spring 2019

Instructor: Professor Kathryn Zipperian


Email: kzipperi@cuesta.edu or the Inbox at Canvas after class starts

Welcome: Hello, and welcome to English 201B online for the Spring 2019 semester. My name is Professor Kathryn Zipperian, and I look forward to working with you. I do have a sense of humor, so if you laughed at the meme above, we will probably have some fun in this class. 

My goal for this class is to introduce you to some great literature (short stories, plays, and poems) that I hope will inspire and entertain you. As well, I will help you hone your writing skills so that you can take what you learn to your next educational endeavor or out into the working world. I absolutely believe that critical thinking abilities and good composition skills are portable, so I will strive to help you with both so that you leave this class with knowledge and skills that you did not have at the outset. 

Accessing Canvas (Cuesta’s Platform for Online Classes) and Getting Technological Help Before the Class Begins and During the Semester:

Class Meetings: We will not have any on-campus meetings, but if you would like to chat online, Canvas offers a built-in Skype-like feature that will allow us to meet online if you have video and sound access on your computer. Class begins on Tuesday, January 22, but I will open the class on Sunday, January 20th so that you can get in early, acclimate yourself to the layout of the course, preview the materials, and get a jump start on the first week's reading and writing assignments. 

Class Pace and Workload: Because this class is entirely online, all of your work will be posted in writing. You will have written work due regularly during the week and sometimes on the weekends and will be expected to write between 6000-8000 words over the course of the semester to satisfy the course requirements. 

Student Readiness: To succeed in an online course, you will need to be a motivated student who is comfortable using computers. You should have access to a reliable computer with reliable access to the internet and know how to download and attach files as well as how to access and send email. For more information on distance education, please consult the following website: http://apps.3cmediasolutions.org/oei/Links to an external site.

Login and Drop Policies: Please log on the first day of the spring semester to show that you are an active member of the class and to allow time for me to process adds (those who are waiting to add the class if someone drops). If you do not log on by the end of the first day of the semester to show me that you are participating, you may be dropped from the course since campus policy requires that I take roll and drop students who are not active. Be an active participant from the beginning, and you will have less trouble staying on track. Note:  If you are having trouble logging in but do not wish to be dropped, please send an email to me (see address above) and contact the tech support folks at the address below. 

Logging in to Canvas: If you do not know your login information for Cuesta, you will need to contact support@my.cuesta.edu before the first day of class.

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Course Description: This class provides an introduction to the study of literature with an emphasis in both literary composition and critical thinking. This course develops critical thinking and writing skills through the close study of major genres of literature: poetry, fiction, and drama. Students receive instruction in analytical and argumentative writing by studying literature and criticism and by identifying sound and fallacious methods of reasoning in assessments of literature.

Student Learning Outcomes (what you should be able to show by the end of the semester):

  1. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and reasoning skills in a literary context.
  2. Write interpretive literary arguments using advanced rhetorical and composition skills.
  3. Demonstrate information fluency in a literary context.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 201A (formerly English 1A, freshman composition) or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Computer/Technology Requirements:

Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

Screen Size

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum of 800x600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile appLinks to an external site..

Operating Systems

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512kbps

Screen Readers

Supported Browsers

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: 

If you are a student with a verified disability—or if you need information about our DSPS program—please contact the DSPS program at 546-3148 (SLO campus) or 591-6215 (North County campus). If you have a verifiable learning disability, please contact me after you have talked to someone in DSPS the first week of class to discuss strategies for mitigating challenges with timed work or accessing resources.

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