ENG 1A - Critical Reading and Comp

Instructor: Brittany Miller
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Course Description

Integrated approach to reading, writing, and critical thinking intended to develop ability to read and write complex, college-level prose. Examination of ideas in relation to individual's world view and contexts from which these ideas arise. Some research required. Integrated approach to reading, writing, and critical thinking intended to develop ability to read and write complex, college-level prose. Prerequisite: English 104 or 105 with a pass, ESL 25 with a C or better; equivalent course or appropriate skill level demonstrated through the English assessment process also acceptable.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

ENG 1A-094 is a hybrid course with an on-campus lecture that meets Mondays 7 - 9:50 pm in room 103. The lab portion of the course will be conducted over the internet. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

In this course, we will be exploring and developing the connections between reading and writing in order to become more precise thinkers and communicators. We will read and discuss in depth two nonfiction works and several supplementary essays which cover a range of topics, both contemporary and historical, but focus primarily on recent trends in civil disobedience and radical political thought. We will discuss various strategies of argumentative writing, analytical writing, and critical thinking. We will also practice building articulate, meaningful, and well-supported arguments, as well as fine tuning our grammar and syntax skills, in our online lab sessions. Participation in class and online is essential.

Class Activities

Students are responsible for keeping a semester-long reading and writing journal with clearly dated in-class writing activities and reading notes. Students are also expected to actively participate in all class discussions, group work, essay draft work, and online lab work.

Class Project(s)

Students will be responsible for four polished, college-level essays and one final presentation. Each essay will receive a letter grade based on the number of points (out of 100) scored on an Instructor Score Card (rubric).

How Students Are Graded

The class is not designed with a 1-to-1 point system. Grading for each assignment is weighted as follows: Essay 1 (1000 words) 10% Essay 2 (1500 words) 10% Essay 3 (1500 words) 15% Essay 4 (2000 words) 25% Reading and Writing Journal 15% Lab Homework 20% Final Presentation 5%

Succeeding Online

Students who succeed in the online portion of hybrid courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation and can't use a computer too well, you should probably consider enrolling in a completely face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the completely face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery partly changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Though the title of the tutorial says "online course", all of it is applicable to the online portion of hybrid courses. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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