Fall 2022 (73313)

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Welcome to English Composition (English 201A)

I'm Colleen Harmon. You can meet me and learn more about why 201A is an important course in the one-minute video below.

Note that this welcome letter also applies to CRN 72092, which is also a 12-week section in fall 2022.

Advice from former students to future students

"The brainstorming process will probably take just as long as the writing process and the more brainstorming and organizational planning you do beforehand, the easier it will be to write the paper."

"I would like to say that this course possesses an amazing way of leading students to dive into deep research." 

"I would say it's very informative and gives you all the tools you need to succeed if you're willing to put in the work."

"This course was very fun. I would try to absorb all the information you can and get invested into the learning."

Which right is wrong?

Or at least not as good as other rights? Which is better? Do you have a favourite?

Your rights in this country under this government are the topic (or theme) of this class. You'll decide which right works well--or not so much--and explain why, and then you'll go on to write your own right--one that should be included as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Along the way, you'll collaborate with your peers to draft a new Bill of Rights.

So bring your ideas and get ready to learn more as you practice researching, analyzing, and writing about various aspects of this topic.

Photo of a sculpture showing the heads of two people talking to each other.

Curious about effective ways to get your point across or to suss out someone else's point?

You'll learn more about crafting a strong opinion supported by evidence. What's more, you'll strengthen your skills in analyzing other people's opinions so you can home in on their main point, characterize where they're coming from, and evaluate how well they make their point.

What makes one person more believable than someone else? 

You got this! Bring your ideas about what makes a particular person or idea more credible than another. Plus, learn more about evaluating various avenues of information, including popular media. 

This course is completely online

And there are no books to buy! It's a 12-week, condensed version of English 201A that starts September 26th and finishes December 16th, 2022. You'll have access to the course in Canvas at cuesta.instructure.com.

There are no online lecture sessions like the kind you may have been required to attend during the past year. You'll have opportunities to meet online with your peers and me to ask questions and collaborate, and you'll be able to ask questions and collaborate using Pronto (a messaging app), discussion forums, and other online features of Canvas, too. 

The 12-week, condensed version of 201A gets you to the same goal in less time: to be able to write college-level essays. So the pace is quicker, but the class is a lot of fun which makes the time pass even more quickly! You'll find that whatever your college writing skills are now, they'll be stronger by the end of the course, and you can proceed with confidence to your next college class knowing how to make writing essays easier and more effective. Bonus, you'll have plenty of support and feedback to guide you through the course so you can make the best of your learning opportunities. The course is designed to start with smaller steps and then to build on those steps weekly. There are plenty of practice activities where you're encouraged to explore your skills before tackling essays.

No required textbook

There are no required texts to buy! All the handouts, media, and texts you'll need are provided in the course, except for material you'll locate as part of your research effort. You have online access to the Cuesta Library to perform research as well as the option of visiting the library.

To enroll in the course, visit Class FinderLinks to an external site. to view CRN 73313 for the fall 2022 semester.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are valued

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I’ve designed this course to be a welcoming environment where you can exchange ideas freely with your peers and me, where each person is respected and their perspective is valued. The strength of the course lies in the diversity of you, the students. You are a member of a learning community where everyone can participate and gain support from each other no matter their background or skill set. 

In addition, you'll have opportunities to learn more about diverse perspectives regarding key topics and issues throughout the course. Curiosity is the key!

Contact me

I'm interested in your success. Any questions or ideas you have about the course or how it works--or questions in general--are welcome. 

To contact me before the course begins, you can reach me by email at colleen_harmon@cuesta.edu. After the course begins, please contact me using the Canvas Inbox.

College policies

For college policies about adding and dropping a class and student conduct, check out PoliciesLinks to an external site.

Ask other questions or get help

The Student Success CenterLinks to an external site. can assist with questions about tutoring, borrowing a laptop, emergency funding, etc. 

Financial AidLinks to an external site. is chock-a-block with information to help finance your education.

And for questions or help with housing or food or to join a great club, check out Student LifeLinks to an external site..

This and more in English Composition

This is just a taste of what the course is like. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

And remember, no matter where you're headed career-wise or in life, the skills you strengthen in English Composition will serve you well. 

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