Skyline College     

     English 110 Online: Composition, Literature & Critical Thinking—Fall 2016

                                         Course Theme—Activism: Be the Change


Professor: Rachel Bell

Course Number 91639 and 92599, 3.0 units

Office Location: 7306 and Office Phone: 738-4349

Online Classroom:

Web Address: 

Office hours:  Tues/Thurs 2:30-5pm
                        Call or email to book an appointment

E-mail: and

Course dates: 8/17/16 to 12/8/16

English office & mailboxes: Room 8112-8114, 738-4202

Online course orientation: 

Take advantage of campus support services:
The Learning Center (bldg 5) provides support for writing, reading, math and other subjects. Sign up for LSKL 800 for general tutoring, or LSKL 853 for reading and writing support. Librarians, on the 2nd floor of bldg 5, can assist with research and library questions. Academic counselors, health services, and other student support services are available in the Student Services Center in bldg 2.

                 Gandhi-quote               Alice Walker

Course Prerequisites: 
Completion of English 100 or 105 with a letter grade of “C” or better.  


The Online Environment:

Online is not easier than the traditional educational process.  In fact, many learners say it requires much more time and commitment, so be prepared for this as you take an online English course.  You need to be a strongly self-motivated learner and be willing to commit 5 to 10 hours per week per online course.  Also, you will need a "Plan B" in case your home computer experiences any difficulties.  The Skyline campus has computers for student use in the Library (bldg. 5), in the Learning Center (bldg. 5), and in the Business Lab (rooms 8119-8121, bldg. 8).  Missing deadlines for any online quizzes, exams, postings, papers or assignments due to technical difficulties will not be a valid excuse.  Due dates are given well in advance so don't wait until the last minute and risk a blackout or computer crash that occurs right on a deadline.  With that said, taking an online course can open up new ways of learning for you and often increases student participation with the pressures of public speaking in the traditional classroom removed.

Course Description: 
Transfer-level course introduces students to major imaginative genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from diverse cultural sources and literary critical perspectives. Students will write analytical essays, employing methods of literary analysis and research and demonstrating critical thinking skills appropriate to a college-level writing class. Transfer: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).

Course Objectives:

By the end of the semester, you will have developed a strong understanding of what it means to think, read, and write critically as these skills apply to the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and literary criticism.  Through the writing and reading you do in this course, you will be able to understand the relationship between meaning in literature and language; to evaluate and analyze the relationship between meaning and the use of sophisticated literary forms and strategies; to identify unstated premises and hidden assumptions in writing; to recognize the similarities and differences between arguments of an author and his/her character(s); and to properly integrate source material into essay writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:    By the end of the semester, students will be able to do the following:

            1. ESSAYS: Write focused, organized, well-developed, and text-based essays appropriate to the advanced college transfer level using the conventions of literary analysis and criticism, and 
                demonstrate competence in standard English grammar and usage.

            2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Demonstrate critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through synthesis and evaluation of important ideas and through analyzing major themes and literary techniques.

            3. SOURCES: Effectively evaluate and fluidly integrate relevant sources, using appropriate research strategies and tools, and documenting them according to MLA guidelines.

Required Email:    

SMCCD EMAIL ACCOUNT:  All the course emails (about 2 to 5 per week) will be sent to your email account so you must set it up (activate your account by logging in at      and then check it daily throughout the semester.  If you would rather use your own email, you will need to forward your email to your regular email account:

                        Follow these steps to forward your email:

                        1. Go to Websmart at

                        2. In your student account area, click on the link that says "New! Student Email"

                        3. Here, you may view your email address and password, and you may reset your password.

                        4. IMPORTANT: Open your email.

                        5. Click “Settings” at the top of the page.

                        6. Click the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab.

                        7. Under Forwarding, click the “Forward a copy of incoming mail” button.

                        8. Enter the email address you want to forward your email to

     9. Click “Save Changes.”

            Malala                      mandela

Required Textbooks:    

         (1) Poetry: African American Poetry: an Anthology 1773-1927  ed. Joan R. Sherman

         (2) Plays: Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora eds. Wallace & Khalidi

         (3) Short stories: Great Short Stories by American Women edited by Candace Ward

         (4) Novel: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

         (5) Department Rhetoric--Optional: Unless you prefer a print version (which you can purchase in Skyline’s Bookstore). 
                                                 The Rhetoric is
provided for you electronically at:

Course Policies

(1)  Participation—Remember that participation counts both for your grade and in your life.  Active participation means regularly logging in, posting discussions and assignments on time, and providing thoughtful written feedback for workshop peer review.  It also means emailing your instructor when you have questions or want quick feedback, or when you want more detailed feedback, making an office or phone appointment. 

(2)  Late Assignments—No late work will be accepted.  All due dates are given well in advance so it’s unfair to the students who complete their work on time to accept the work from those who do not.  However, because “life happens,” each student will be allowed two “late tickets” during the semester; twice students may choose to turn an assignment in 48 hours after the due date.  Late assignments beyond this will not be accepted. You cannot use late tickets on timed exams. 
Please note: When you post a late assignment, please also email me to let me know or you may not receive proper credit.

(3)  Saving and Submitting Work—You must create a backup file of every piece of work you submit for grading.  All files should be in DOC, RTF or PDF file formats (note: Do not post .docx files as not all students can open this type of file). When sending any email, identify yourself fully by name. I will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. 

(4)  Disabled Students— In coordination with the Disability Resource Center office, reasonable accommodation will be provided for eligible students with disabilities.  For more assistance, please contact the DRC Bldg 5, Room 5132, phone 650-738-4280, email 

(5)  Plagiarism-- Paraphrasing or directly copying any text and using it as your own without proper attribution, whether you’ve done it intentionally or not, is plagiarism and is unacceptable and will result in failure.  We will carefully look at how to integrate and properly document outside sources.  Students will also submit an “Honesty Pledge” at the beginning of the semester, stating that all work submitted will be their own:


major papers will be written for this class.  The requirements are as follows (all due by 12am on due date):

(1)  Due Dates--          Paper #1 (2-4 pages, 500-1000 words)         Draft due 9/13, Revised 9/20

                       Research Paper #2 (3-5 pages, 750-1250 words)      Draft due 10/11, Revised 10/18

                                     Paper #3  Midterm 75-minute essay exam on Tuesday, November 1st
 Collaborative Research Paper #4 (4-6 pages, 1000-1500 words)  Draft 11/29, Revised 12/6

                       Paper #5 Final essay exam—2 ½ hours on Thursday, December 8th

For detailed paper guidelines and topics, visit: 


(2) Revision-- E.B. White said, “The best writing is rewriting.”  Because revising or “re-seeing” a piece of writing is such an important aspect of the writing process, each of the papers has two due dates.  The first draft is not graded and is used for class workshopping, so students can give and receive advice to apply to the graded revision due a week later.  If you would like instructor feedback on your draft, make an office or phone appointment.  On papers, you must meet the page minimums. 5% deducted for half a page under and minus 10% for each full page under the minimum. 

(3) Workshopping—Each draft will be read and commented upon by student workshop groups. You do not want to use a late ticket on a draft because: (1) you cannot participate in the workshop without a draft; (2) you won’t get any peer feedback on your draft; (3) you won’t be able to give written feedback on your peers’ drafts so will receive zero scores and peer review counts as 5% of your overall course grade; (4) if you do not submit a draft, you cannot turn in a revision a week later for a grade and you cannot pass this class if you fail to turn in one of the major papers.  Below are the important workshop dates: 

             Paper #1 Workshop:  9/13       Paper #2 Workshop:  10/11         Paper #4 Workshop: 11/29

(4)  Format— All papers must meet the required minimum length, and they must be typed, double-spaced, have 1” margins, and have a font of 12. 


Course Grade:                                                                        Record Your Own Grades:

Paper 1                                   10%                                         Score for Paper 1            ______ x .10  =  _____ 

Paper 2                                   10%                                         Score for Paper 2            ______ x .10  =  _____

Paper 3—Midterm                  10%                                         Score for Paper 3            ______ x .10  =  _____

Paper 4                                   20%                                         Score for Paper 4             ______ x .20  =  _____ 

Paper 5—Final                        20%                                         Score for Paper 5             ______ x .20  =  _____ 

Peer Paper Review                  5%                                         Average Peer Review      ______ x .05  =  _____
Assignments                             5%                                         Average of Assignments  ______ x .05  =  _____
Discussion posts                     10%                                         Average of Discussions   ______ x .10  =  _____
Quizzes                                   10%                                        Average Quiz score         ______ x .10  =  _____

                                                                                                            TOTAL:      (convert total to %)   ________


                        Scoring as follows:  100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F 

Departmental Grading Standards:
Online grade calculator:  


The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to maintaining safe and caring college environments at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College. The District has established policies and procedures regarding Sexual Misconduct, Harassment, and Assault. A District website has also been developed which provides you with important information about sexual misconduct and sexual assault.  To learn more about these issues and how you can help prevent them, you are encouraged to view the “Not Anymore” videos, which can be found on WebSMART under the Student Services link.