30A: American Literature, Beginnings to Civil War
Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking about
|This spring, for the first time in
CCSF's history, we will be offering an early American literature survey
course, ENGL 30A: American
Literature, Beginnings to Civil War. This literature
elective should be a lot of fun; plus it should pretty much transfer
anywhere. We will explore a wide range of texts, contexts, and
voices while thinking and writing very critically about the idea of
America in terms of nation and narration.
30A will meet TR, 12:40-1:55, in Batmale 551.
Cain's American Literature
Katchor's The Jew of New York
||Spring '15 students, I will be
teaching two different
online ENGL 1B classes,
with mandatory Ocean Campus meetings in Rosenberg Library
which is connected to the English
> Section 831
is a full-term online
course (18 weeks) with three
mandatory 10:30-1 Saturday meetings: 1/17 orientation*, 3/14 midterm exam, 5/16 final exam.
> Section 832
is a late-start
online course (12 weeks) with three
mandatory 4-7pm Monday
orientation*, 3/16 midterm
workshop, 4/27 final exam.
Reading and Writing
about Literature: A Portable Guide (Gardner, 3rd edition)
A critical edition of Hamlet
(Ed. by Wofford, 1994)
Lots of public domain online materials will also be linked from our
course . . .
on 1B . . .
If you have emailed me about
online English 1B, please
note that students on the waitlist--in the order that
Web4 at MyCCSF lists them--will have first crack at any vacant
As you probably know, when the roster filled
pre-registration an electronic waitlist was activated.
Maybe you are already on the waitlist. Maybe you've even been
upgraded from the waitlist to the official roster. Please do not email
me to give you priority status or to put you on that list; this can
only be done via Web4 during preregistration. Add codes will
be given at the mandatory orientation if there are seats/screens
available, and those codes will only be given to students who attend
the mandatory orientation.
*Full course access
will begin at the mandatory orientation, the first
class, a required face-to-face
not in attendance will
lose their seat/screen to those on
Textbook information is at the CCSF bookstore's site.
If you miss our first class, the mandatory orientation, you
will not be in the class because the orientation is, well, mandatory. Keep "mandatory" in mind if you enroll in the course
again next term. For future info, refer again to this page, as
directed by the CCSF class schedule and the CCSF Distance Ed page, which, like
this page, you should have seen upon registering for the course.
Remember, CCSF has replaced WebCT with Moodle, an open source
course management system. See insight.ccsf.edu.
For future reference...
Here's how things will go down at the on-campus orientation. If you are unable to register online for the course or
the waitlist but attend the mandatory orientation and somebody on the
roster or waitlist is absent, then you might luck out and take
their seat. You will need to have English 1B eligibility proof
in hand (CCSF documentation) or online (Web4), though, in order to be
added. Please see the English Eligibility Coordinator
to verify that you are indeed eligible for the course. Showing me
a transcript from SFSU or another school will not cut it. You
will need CCSF paperwork from the Eligibility Coordinator. If you
are added during the mandatory orientation, you will be given an add
sticker, but your course access will not begin until Banner, the
school's registration, processes your enrollment the following work day.
NOTE--If you register for this course--or the waitlist--and also
register for a face-to-face 1B, the system will bump you out of the
online 1B roster or waitlist.
Please also check www.cvc.edu for online 1B courses
offered by other California colleges. Or, try CCSF again next
This is an enjoyable class, but it is not an easy
class. The workload will be constant--but manageable and
rewarding. Do not assume that this is easier than a face-to-face 1B. If
you have never taken an online course, this one may be great for you .
. . or it may be a disaster. Every week you will have a quiz, a
healthy amount of reading, a variety of ways to exchange ideas
in the discussion forum, and ongoing research--plus papers due every
few weeks, of course, since this is still a composition class. If
you have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and if you're eligible for English 1B, you're also
eligible for online English 1C and most of the English electives.
For more about CCSF English
courses, labs, and the English Major, jump to www.ccsf.edu/english.