English 101 Syllabus






Professor Laurisa Reyes

Section # 36588

Feb 2 - May 29

MW 6:30-7:50pm

MENH 244


TURNITIN.COM:    Class ID:   20331406  ;  Enrollment Key: success


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Wednesdays 5:15pm – 6:15pm. BONH 312.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email me.




Email: Laurisa.Reyes@canyons.edu

(no attachments without prior approval, doc, docx, or PDF files only)

Phone:  661-964-8723

Class Website: http://www.laurisawhitereyes.com/coc


My preferred method of contact is email. However, for more urgent matters, feel free to text me.


In the event that class is cancelled or there is some other urgent matter, I will send out emails no later than an hour prior to the beginning of class. Please check your email each week before class.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 101 teaches students to read critically, think logically, and write intelligently for academic and professional audiences. The course is designed so that a sequence of reading and writing assignments will help students develop much needed critical reading and thinking skills and refine their writing abilities.


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

  • Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct full-length essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant research and other evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.

  • Analyze and critically evaluate college-level texts for argument, structure, and rhetorical strategies.



  • Analyze and critically evaluate written texts and other visual materials

  • Use various strategies to generate and develop ideas

  • Organize expository essays in an effective manner

  • Support generalizations by using evidence such as relevant detail, anecdotes, and well-integrated quotations

  • Write effective introductory and concluding paragraphs

  • Use effective transitions within and between paragraphs to connect ideas logically

  • Observe the conventions of standard written English while using a variety of sentence structures

  • Locate and critically evaluate appropriate source material

  • use relevant and appropriate MLA citation format



  1. They Say, I Say with readings, 3rd edition (9780393937510)

  2. Additional non-fiction book (from suggested title list)

  3. A 3-subject spiral notebook w/pockets

  4. Miscellaneous: Pens, copy paper (for school printers), and other materials for final group project.

  5. Computer: You will need access to a computer to check emails and to complete/turn in assignments

  6. Current My Canyons e-mail address

  7. Turnitin.com account


Buying your books at the COC bookstore will ensure that you have the correct editions, though you can also order them elsewhere. Also, make sure that your books have no marks in them before you purchase them to be able to earn points on annotation assignments.  Annotation assignments cannot be done in books that are rented. 



You will be given a chance to earn 1000 points in this class this semester.  Semester grades will be generated through the following table:




900 - 1000                      A

800 -   899                      B

700 -   799                      C

600 -   699                      D

    0 -   599                      F




1. Participation & In-Class Assignments: (100 points)


2. Annotated Readings (100 points)


3. Essay #1 (150 points)


4. Essay #2 (150 points)


5. Essay #3 (150 points)


6. Portfolio Revision (100 points)


7. CBL Group Project (150)


8. Final Exam (100 points)



You may earn up to 60 points extra credit this semester.


The TLC offers numerous writing and study skills workshops. Students may attend workshops to earn extra credit points. Ask for Professor Reyes' GLA Package. Five (5) points will be given for each workshop completed (up to the max. of 60 extra credit points). Check the TLC web page for a current schedule of English workshops: https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/TLC/Pages/SL-English-Workshop-Schedule.aspx


You may also earn points for each Celebrating the Humanities event you attend. You must sign in your attendance at these events to earn credit. Other opportunities for earning extra credit will be announced in class.



To pass this class, you also need to arrive on time and attend consistently. You are allowed three (3) absences for emergencies or illness.  On the 3rd absence, you will receive a warning.  On the 4th absence, you will be dropped from the course. Three tardies equal one absence. 


Do NOT come to class if you have a fever, a productive cough, or have any signs of developing a contagious illness. Use your allowed absences for these circumstances.


If you arrive late to class, you may ask that your absence be changed to a tardy after class; we do not take class time to update the attendance record for people who arrive late.  Leaving class early disrupts class, so don't come to class if you can only stay for part of it because of a doctor's appointment, job interview, etc. When you are absent from class, read the syllabus and Blackboard or contact another student to see what you missed.



1. Cell Phones and Electronic devices (tablets, computers, etc.): These devices will be used on occasion in class, so please bring them with you. However, they are NOT to be turned on, answered, or opened during class time or inside the classroom unless requested by the professor.

Should you receive a call or text during class, you may respond during our scheduled breaks outside the classroom.


2. Food & Drinks - Water bottles are welcome in class. Please do not bring other open containers of liquid into the classroom. Food is fine during the breaks, but please clean up after yourself.


3. Talking & Other Disturbances - Do not talk with your fellow students while I am talking, during quizzes, or when someone is presenting to the class. The exception is when you are collaborating on a small group assignment in class. Should this be an ongoing problem for you, you will be asked to leave the classroom, you will be marked absent for that class period.


4. Bring all required texts, hand-outs, and materials to every class.


5. No unenrolled persons (including friends or children) are allowed in class.



The following resources may help you with essays, and these resources are available for free from any COC computer.  Ask a librarian for an ID and Password for access to these resources from home:


  • Encyclopedia Britannica 

  • Issues and Controversies database on the C.O.C. library's online database page 

  • ProQuest database on our library's online database page for access to current published articles

  • The C.O.C. on-campus library

  • Do NOT use Wikipedia as a research source



Essays require six steps:

  1. Outline

  2. First draft (revised by peers)

  3. Second draft (reviewed and stamped by an English tutor in the TLC)

  4. Third draft (graded by instructor)

  5. Fourth draft (Portfolio revision)


* Essays that do not meet the minimum word or page count will not receive a passing grade.


All out-of-class essays must be typed using a computer, and each draft must be saved on a disk or a computer. Write and save each draft on the same disk or computer; this will reduce new errors on each draft. If you do not have a computer or you need help learning how to use one, come to the Tutorial, Learning and Computing Center (TLC) with a disk for a PC. You will receive help with writing and computers.


ALL drafts are required in order to receive a grade on an essay project. If you fail to turn in the outline, peer review, or any draft, or if you turn them in late, points will be deducted and it may result in a zero (‘F’) for that project.


Finally, you must submit your paper to turnitin.com before I will grade it.  I will provide instructions on how to do this before the first essay is due.


To produce your best work on essays, remember the first two rules of writing: first, write about what you love or enjoy, and second, realize that, since all writing will be read and critiqued by classmates, you should write about what you are comfortable sharing with others.



If you’re wondering what is the point of taking English composition classes, this project aims to connect what you learn in class with the “real world.”


You will be paired with another student and will select a community-based issue to research. The project includes co-operative research, visiting/communicating with an off-campus organization, journal and essay assignments, and a final class presentation. In-class time will be allotted to work with your partner, but you are also encouraged to work together outside of class as your schedules permit.


You must complete and turn in the following hard copy forms in order to participate.

  1. Enrollment  Form

  2. Workman’s Comp Form

  3. Placement Form

  4. Timesheet



Each student will receive one (1) NO QUESTIONS ASKED LATE TURN-IN PASS allowing an assignment to be turned in one (1) class period after the due date. Otherwise, late work will not be accepted for any reason.


Missed in-class assignments, quizzes, or tests due to tardies or absences may not be made up.  

If you know that you will be absent when an assignment is due (planned absence), you may submit the assignment early. 



This class is based on active student participation in class discussions, small group work, outside-of-class group work, and reading and writing assignments. While in class, be prepared to work in pairs with a variety of assigned partners who will have different personalities, backgrounds, and academic levels than your own. In order to be successful in class, please come expecting to participate, and bring your texts, disk, journal, and notebook (with paper and pens) with all of my handouts and all of your work to each class. Also, try sitting in a new seat each class. 


For the group project, you will be assigned to work with 2-3 classmates on a semester-long project that will involve research, planning, organizing, community engagement, writing, and a final project presentation. You will be expected contribute a minimum of 10-20 hours outside the classroom on this project. You will be expected to work with and include all members of your group and to find ways to involve everyone. Should one member of your group either fail to contribute adequately or is not included by the other members, the result will be reflected in the final grades for the project. If, during the course of the semester, you find that you are unable to participate, please speak to me (the professor) privately before discussing your situation with the group.



Saving your graded work will allow you to receive the correct grade in case of a discrepancy between my records and your records or memory. Also, save a hard copy of every assignment that you submit; if I lose your work (which rarely happens, but it has happened), you will have to submit your copy of it to receive credit for it.  



This class requires quite a bit of homework.  To complete this work, you will need not to be overwhelmed with other classes, other responsibilities, or employment.  Check the timeline for the homework assignment, or ask me if it is not clear to you.  Each assignment is due on the date that it appears on the timeline.  If you have an emergency, call me before the due date of your work. Reading quizzes may not be made up.  Late work is not accepted. When we return from a canceled class due to my absence, make sure that you are still on track with the assignments on the timetable.


All multi-page assignments MUST BE STAPLED, or I will not accept them.



Remember that success comes by working hard long after our initial enthusiasm passes, so I encourage you to finish this class and stick with your academic goals. I want you to succeed academically, so please contact me if I can be of any assistance. If you do need to drop the class, check the deadline in your schedule of classes to avoid a W on your transcripts.  I do not sign petitions from failing students for late withdrawals. 



Plagiarism is the submission of someone else’s work or ideas as one’s own, without adequate attribution. This includes copying work from a fellow student in or outside of this class, including text from outside sources within your own work (print, online, etc.) without proper source citation, turning in any work written by someone else (whether a sentence, paragraph, or more) with the intent of passing it off as your own work, or turning in work you have written for a different class.


Plagiarized assignments will receive zero credit and will be reported to the Dean of Student Services for further investigation, which may lead to dismissal from the course and/or expulsion from College of the Canyons. In other words, cheating is serious. Don’t do it.


You can read College of the Canyons’ policy on plagiarism here: https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/Graphics/Documents/ClassSchedule/4017_GI_Student_Rights_and_Responsibilities.pdf



This class may vary from this syllabus due to the needs of the students in the class and unforeseen circumstances.



OUT-OF-CLASS SUPPORT (Student ID is required at all locations):

  • TLC (The Learning and Computing Center): TLC offers free tutoring for all subjects. English tutoring is located in the back of the center. TLC also offers training in many topics meant to improve your study & writing skills. It is located in room 306 on the Canyons Country Campus, and in the LTLC building (next to the library) on the Valencia Campus. Please check the web page for hours: https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/TLC/Pages/About-TLC-Hours-and-Locations.aspx

  • DSPS (Disabled Students Programs & Services): Located in Seco Hall, room 103. If you suspect you have a disability that may affect your ability to succeed in my class, consider visiting DSPS for assistance.

  • ASG Office – 1st 15 pages of B&W printing are FREE every day & computers. Located in STCN-124 (near Valencia campus cafeteria).

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