English 201A, Composition: Critical Thinking
----March 25th to May 24th----
Welcome potential students! My name is Matthew Fleming, and I look forward to working with you this semester. This course is a major commitment, as a 4-unit course should be; however, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, it will also be very interesting, creative, dynamic, and, dare I say. . . educational.
What you should know
- This course is 9 weeks of condensed and intensive study
- We have no face-to-face meetings
- You must participate in this course on an almost every-other-day basis
- You must write a minimum of 400 words a week in online forums
- You will have homework assignments and readings due once a week.
- You will write a series of essays including drafts and peer reviews on turnitin.com and Canvas
- You will be dropped if you fail to log in for more than 7 days and/or if your postings-to-forum or postings-to-homework percentage falls below 50%.
Instructor: Matthew Fleming
Phone: 546 3100 ext.2743
Office Hours: TBA
Course Description: The Cuesta College catalog and schedule descriptions of English 201A define it as a course that provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative/analytical essays and research papers--acceptable for credit at UC, CSU.
Prerequisites: Verification of eligibility for 201A.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Write a fair and persuasive argument that takes a clear position while incorporating differing viewpoints.
- Write an essay that is effectively and clearly organized.
- Find necessary information, assess its value, and use it in a research paper.
- Integrate and document sources correctly, clearly, and ethically.
- Write clear, grammatical sentences with few errors.
Required Text: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Required Regular and Effective Contact:
This course requires regular and effective contact among all students and the instructor for the full 9 weeks of the course. We will achieve this in a variety of ways:
- weekly class discussion and homework forums in Canvas,
- weekly book homework and readings and submissions,
- interactive online essay work-shopping through turnitin.com and Canvas
- viewing of short video lectures and content
- writing of a series of essays using turnitin.com
PLEASE REVIEW THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES BELOW!!!