Welcome, new students!

English 2342: Intro to Lit I: Short Story and Novel Online Course for Fall 2016 will be available in Canvas on the first day of classes. Until then, if you have any questions about the course, please e-mail me, Professor Tolleson, at this address:

(Always give the course number in the subject box of your e-mail (example: 2342.WC1 question)

A little about the course...

All course assignments, links to lectures, guidelines for responses, and exams will be on this website and/or in Canvas. All response papers will be handed in through Turnitin.com. That makes it easier for both of us to keep track of assignments and for you to view my comments on your papers. I encourage you to e-mail me whenever you have a question. Good communication is a key factor in your success in this course. You will need to e-mail me at the college address (mtolleson@collin.edu) and always include your specific course and section number in the subject title of the e-mail. I do not keep my class rolls with me at all times, and it adds significant time to my reply if I have to look up your course/section before I can access the information needed to answer your question.

How the course works:

Each week you will need to complete the readings assigned on the Calendar Page. Usually, you will also be expected to complete an assignment. (quiz or response paper) that is due at the end of the week or to participate in a discussion forum that will run throughout that week (a discussion forum runs throughout the week and requires participation on more than one day). I do build in a couple of extra assignments to provide you the opportunity to skip one or two assignments if you have scheduling conflicts during the semester. The discussion forum takes place in Canvas. You turn in all response papers through Turnitin.com. Students who get their account set up in Turnitin by 11:59 p.m. on Monday before the first class day will be rewarded! Go to Turnitin.com and begin setting up your account now. The class ID and password are as follows: Class ID=13195943, password = 2342.

There are three exams in this course, the dates of which will be noted on the Calendar Page. Each exam will be available in Canvas within a limited window of time (usually a 3 - 4 day period). All online exams are timed unless taken in the Testing Center. Students who would like to take an untimed exam may make arrangements with me prior to the scheduled exam. Make-up exams will be given only at the campus Testing Centers.

Texts you'll need:

One of my aims in this course has been to find short stories that are available online or that I can make available to you for download. The only books you must purchase will be the following novels:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale

We will read the novels at the end of the semester.

I look forward to working with you this fall! (Click here to go to the syllabus.)

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