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Please print this page for your reference. It contains information on your class, your instructor, the course management system you will be using for the online class as well as information on how to access the class, and contact information if you need assistance.

Note: There may be multiple sections of this class taught online. Please be sure that you have the information for the class that you registered for. The section number, the reference number, and the name of the faculty members should be checked against the information in the printed schedule and on your registration material.

Term :
Fall 2017
Course Name :
English 101-30 (4245)
Course Title :
Freshman Composition
Class Notes :
  • 11 week class from 09/25/17 to 12/08/17.
  • Participation in this class will consist of online interaction. Students must have access to a computer that has a reliable internet connection. Students should access during the week prior to the semester start date. All information regarding this class, including course-specific technology requirements, will be found on that webpage. The course may not be accessible to students until the first day of the class, Monday, September 25, 2017.
Instructor :
J. Ashton
E-Mail Address :
Phone Number :
no phone email preferred!!
Instructor Comments :
This class is a short term, 10 week, class. It begins September 25, 2017


Further information about the book below.

Welcome to a VERY fast-paced, invigorating English 101. We will be reading, writing, responding, and posting on a continual basis throughout the semester --- including day one. So let�s get ready!

This class is NOT a class that will teach basic skills. If you are weak in English or you received a �C� in English 015, this is the wrong choice for you.

Online learning is not for everybody and taking an English class online is for even fewer students.In addition this is a 14 week class and the work begins on the VERY FIRST DAY!
I will assist students to write college-level essays, but I am not equipped to assist students who do not have the fundamentals to succeed in this online environment.

I always encourage students to seek assistance at the SBVC Writing Center. But often online students do not have a schedule that permits them to come to campus. However, the Writing Center does offer online tutoring.

You can get Still Water Saints and the handbook at the Valley bookstore, plus online such as the site or at Barnes and Noble. Be careful about ordering them online so that they will be in your hands before the start of the class. It is best when you buy from a private party pick one that is shipping from the western United States. Otherwise it might take weeks for the books to get to you. I expect everyone to have the books at the beginning of class. This is incredibly important. You must have your own books at the beginning.

Still Water Saints is also available as an ebook on Kindle.

There is a section in the Wadsworth handbook called "Reading Critically." Check it out. It gives many ideas on how to read effectively. This is a skill that you can work on in this class and then apply it to all your college classes.

Required books for the class:

Still Water Saints by Alex Espinoza
Random House ISBN 978-0-8129-7627-4
Many used books available at

Inlandia edited by Gayle Wattawa
ISBN 9781597140379

Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, (or use an online guide to MLA)

Reading Assignment:
Begin reading Inlandia starting with the Introduction.
Still Water Saints pages 1-31.

The first assignment for the class will be an essay:
Place. This semester we will be reading and writing about place, location: the Inland Empire (the IE).In the anthology, Inlandia, we will be presented with numerous perspectives, historical, political, personal, critical and imaginative essays, excerpts from books, poems and other writings that all describe the IE. But place for each of us in this vast area called the Inland Empire is also very personal. It might be the location of our birth or the birth of our children. It could be the apartment we just moved into from places outside the IE. Perhaps it is the elementary school, a particular classroom, a certain desk where we experienced a wonderful school year.

For our first essay (Paper #1) we will write in a very different way than the subsequent papers in this English 101 class. You need to understand the class, comprehend how it functions, and how I respond and evaluate to you as students as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to write an essay that does not need research or a great deal of reading. It is designed to get everyone involved in the drafting and revising process right away.

So here is the assignment:
After carefully reading Susan Straight�s "Introduction to Inlandia" and after doing a lot of thinking about how you fit into the IE (or how you don�t fit in!), choose a place to write about. See if you can make this location a metaphor or a symbol of you and how the IE is a part of your life. This will probably come to as you are writing, and you when you look back at what you have written.

I will send an email with the Introduction attached in case it takes time to get your book, Inlandia.

I will also post a draft of this paper in the class for you to see one way of addressing this challenge. (I think it is helpful for students to see an instructor�s struggle to fulfill an assignment she gives a class.) Please note that my draft is merely an example and not the only way of writing the paper.

But this is an expository writing class and not a creative writing class (darn), so there are a few requirements for the paper. They are:

Include at least one quote from the Introduction to Inlandia in the essay
Use the correct MLA format for citing the quotation. You will learn how to do this as we write the first paper.
Create a separate Works Cited page for any outside source (such as an interview, see below) including the Introduction

The paper should be relatively short, about 2 pages which is about 500 words. It can be lengthier but no longer than 750 words.

When the class begins, you will read a posting pertaining to quoting. However, in our handbook, The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, the manner of quoting and the MLA format is addressed beginning. You can also find ditections for citing at: Quoting outside sources using the MLA format is a skill. You will learn more as we do the work assigned in the class. If it is an area where you were weak, you will be able to learn here, in this first paper.

Back to the paper, perhaps you could think of the place as a picture, an image in your mind, or you might even have a picture of this location. The location you choose will hopefully bring you many memories of family, friends, events, and I am sure there are many stories attached to this location. For example, I am thinking of someone in the class remembering their grandmother�s kitchen and the smells of coffee and tortillas or chicken baking in the oven.
And I would be hoping for a story recalling the importance of the place for the writer. It might even be the memory of the kitchen table built by the grandfather and polished and dusted by the writer that tickles the memories of place and the IE. It might be what the grandmother talked about, the advice given that becomes the focus of the essay. Perhaps Susan Straight�s statement: �I love the tiny communities that only we in this place know� (xvii) is where this house existed on the north side of Redlands, in a small neighborhood in Colton or in the foothills of San Bernardino.
Take a chance and explore the I.E. as you explore inside of you!

See you

Judith Ashton

Primary Course Management System

Canvas by Instructure

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