English 102 Course Roadmap

Stretch Composition I

CSU Channel Islands

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Catalogue Description

  • The focus in this course will not center on finished "products," but rather the goal of the course is to help students develop strategies for using writing to construct meaning, which in turn assists in generating thought-provoking discourse for the intended reader.
  • Upon completing this course, students will have learned that all writing involves a recursive process of thinking and writing strategies often referred to as peer review, invention, prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

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Meet your Instructor!

  • My name is Dr. Stacey Anderson, and I have been teaching college writing for nearly two decades. I hold a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in English. Prior to joining the faculty at CI, I taught writing at El Camino College, Loyola Marymount University, and Stanford University.
  • As your instructor, I am committed to helping you not only to develop as a writer, reader, and researcher but also to cultivate strategies for adapting to and succeeding in the University environment.
  • I am here to support you at every step of the learning process. This is a class where you will learn by doing, which will require time, energy, and commitment on your part. You are in the driver’s seat. I am here to help you navigate the road ahead.

Let's Connect

  • My office location is
    Bell Tower West 1122 (805-437-3291). You will typically find me there
    Tuesday - Friday between 8:00am and 8:45am. We can also schedule an appointment to meet in person or virtually. Just ask.
  • The best way to reach me is via email:
    stacey.anderson@csuci.edu. I will also contact you via your campus email, so please check that at least once per day.
  • I will typically respond to student emails Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Messages that arrive outside these times will receive responses the next business day.
  • Students are welcome to address me as Dr. A or Dr. Anderson. I look forward to working with you this year!

Student Expectations

  • You will be given the opportunity for a deep and extended experience with college writing.
  • You will discuss possibilities, strategies and decisions with your peers and the teacher.
  • You will work through multiple drafts toward revised and edited versions of your papers.
  • You will build working relationships with other student writers, in peer response groups and while working on collaborative projects.
  • You will work on multiple writing projects at the same time.

Question for Reflection: How do these expectations compare to your own expectations for the class? What do these expectations tell you about the level of engagement and commitment students should bring to the class?

Course Goals

1. Critical Thinking: Students will achieve the following:

  • an ability to analyze written work
  • an ability to frame conclusions from a range of information
  • an ability to predict outcomes based on known information

2. Communication Skills: Students will achieve the following:

  • an ability to more clearly and more effectively write academic papers
  • an ability to effectively and convincingly verbalize their ideas
  • an ability to work collaboratively in group processes
  • an ability to write effectively for a variety of audiences
  • an ability to make appropriate rhetorical choices of genre, diction and style

3. Research Skills: Students will gain the following:

  • a familiarity with CSUCI library resources
  • a proficiency with basic computing skills
  • an ability to discern valid conclusions in research

4. Self Development: Students will develop:

  • an ability to reflect cogently on the way learning contributes to personal and intellectual growth

Please read these course goals carefully and reflect on them throughout the semester.

Course Calendar

Please check the Course Calendar frequently for updates on assignments, due dates, class meetings, and so forth.

Module Overview

This document will help you understand the flow of the course and the activities and expectations for each learning module.

Student Requirements

  • This class will ask you to complete multiple reading and writing assignments on your own time. You should plan to spend about 10 hours a week on your work for this course. Take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Collaborative work is a significant part of this course. Your interactions with classmates will take place face to face as well as online.
  • Any sources that you draw upon in your papers must be cited. This includes any material that you quote directly (word for word), paraphrase (put into your own words), or summarize. No exceptions.
  • All of your writing for this class will be completed on a computer. All drafts of all assignments will be submitted online on assigned due dates. From time to time, you will be asked to print out your papers as well.
  • You must have a campus email account and access to CI Learn. You are expected to check your email at least once a day. Ideally, you will set up your smartphone or laptop, if you have one, to automatically receive campus email the moment it is delivered. Clear communication is key to successful completion of our writing courses.
  • You must have some way of saving your drafts. Not just on your laptop, but on a separate thumb drive or cloud-based storage system. My CI provides cloud based storage for all students (Dolphin Files).
  • Please review the Course Calendar to orient yourself to the flow of learning in the class. This class requires regular engagement throughout each module.

Principles of Learning

  • You will learn only as much, or little, as you choose to learn.
  • Each of you has a unique learning style, so not every assignment will appeal to everyone. But the variety should provide you with a chance to show what you're capable of doing.
  • The more often you collaborate with your classmates--in discussion, in study groups, on papers--the richer the experience will be for you.
  • Writing, you will discover, is always a collaborative process.
  • You will teach yourself more than I teach you.
  • You will learn more from each other than you do from me.
  • All of you are capable of succeeding in this class; my job is to help you succeed.

Disabilities Statement

CSUCI is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The mission of Disability Accommodation Services is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with physical, learning, or other disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Accommodation Services office at (805) 437-8510 for personal assistance and accommodations.


  • Assigned papers will go through multiple drafts during the semester, with the final version submitted in a final portfolio at the end of the semester.
  • Final portfolios will be evaluated by the composition team using the program's scoring criteria (see Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI, below).
  • Final grades for the course will be A through F; at the discretion of the instructor, plusses and minuses may be added to all grades but F.
  • Throughout the semester, you will receive abundant feedback on your papers from your classmates and instructor. You will have the entire semester to revise and polish your papers for the final portfolio so they represent your best capabilities as a writer.
  • 65 % of your final grade will be determined by your portfolio score. Your portfolio will be assessed by members of the composition faculty other than your classroom instructor.
  • 35% of your final grade will be determined by your participation in the course. This includes meeting deadlines, following instructions, completing assignments successfully, working with peers, interacting with the instructor, and participating in class activities and discussions, both face to face and online. Participation is assessed by your classroom instructor. You will maintain a participation journal and submit a reflective cover letter during portfolio review as part of the assessment for this part of your grade.
  • To earn credit for ENGL 102, you must complete ALL assignments, whether or not you include them in your final portfolio.
  • Your final portfolio is due the last week of class. Because the composition faculty begins scoring immediately, no late portfolios can be accepted.
  • The portfolio will consist of your two strongest papers, both of which have been revised and edited several times. You will be asked to provide drafts that demonstrate that the work is your own--not borrowed from other texts, students, or the Internet.
  • The Gradebook in CI Learn will maintain a record of all student work throughout the semester, including required essay drafts, peer review activities, and other required class work. An announcement will be posted on CI Learn and sent via email when the Gradebook has been updated.

Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI

Click above to view our program's scoring criteria, organized by score.

Writing Criteria in the First Year Writing Program at CI

Click above to view our program's scoring criteria, organized by criteria.

Remember: Most writing is rewriting. So we expect substantively revised and closely edited final papers in your portfolio.

Rules of the Road

Blended Learning

Unlike traditional classes, in which interactions among students and instructors take place primarily face to face, this course will integrate face to face instruction with interactions in a digital environment. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of the course, both in person and online. Our regular face to face interactions will consist of small group conferences rather than typical, whole class lectures. Material that would be delivered to a whole class audience will instead be provided online in an engaging, dynamic format.

Technology Requirements

  • Regular access to a computer (not a mobile device).
  • Regular access to the internet.
  • A recently upgraded web browser.

Technical Support

If you run into technical problems in this course, you should try the following:

  1. Clear your browser’s cache.
  2. Try a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome).
  3. Shut down and restart your computer.
  4. Contact the University Help desk helpdesk@csuci.edu or 805-437-8552.

Online Etiquette

The following groundrules will be in effect at all times to help us sustain a respectful and productive learning community throughout the semester:

  • Please consider yourself a member of a learning community. As a community, we are all working together towards our shared objective of successfully completing the goals of this course.
  • Please log in and participate regularly in our online, collaborative activities and discussions. The success of this course depends on the active, engaged participation and distinctive contributions of every community member. If you don’t participate regularly,you will find that the course moves forward without you and will likely find it difficult to become re-engaged.
  • Sharing our thoughts and ideas online requires trust of our fellow community members. Please treat the contributions of others with respect.
  • The technologies we will work with in this class are amazing tools but can also present frustrations from time time. Please maintain a sense of humor and patience when working with these tools. Learning to deal gracefully with the unexpected is a valuable skill you can gain in this course.
  • Everyone in this class, including the instructor, is expected to maintain the attitude of a lifelong learner. Please keep an open mind when introduced to new ideas that may challenge your previously held notions or perceptions.
  • Always ask for help when you need it, and please assist others when possible. You will be amazed by what you can learn when you help teach someone else.
  • Please understand that communications shared through text have a higher likelihood of being misinterpreted than words that are spoken. When you type a thought or a comment, read it carefully before you submit it. If you question the way it is worded, read it out loud to yourself. If you still question the way it's phrased, re-write it. Remember that you can’t unring a bell.
  • If, at any time, you feel that any groundrule has been violated by a member of our community, you are encouraged to bring your concern directly and immediately to Dr. Stacey Anderson, our community leader. Clearly identify which groundrule has been violated and include specific evidence of the violation. Your concerns will be addressed promptly and in an individualized manner.

Late Work

  • If you keep up with the work, this class is not difficult. If you get behind, the workload may bury you. Although you won't assemble your final portfolio until late in the semester, you will nonetheless need to submit completed drafts of assigned papers on the assigned due dates in order to receive timely and helpful feedback from the instructor and your peers. Late portfolios will not be accepted.
  • If you are finding it difficult to keep up with the workload, it is in your best interest to contact your instructor as soon as possible to see if you can get back on track. A repeated pattern of late or missing drafts may prevent you from submitting a final portfolio.

Attendance for Face to Face (F2F) Meetings

  • Because we have so few face to face (F2F) class meetings compared to traditional composition courses, and these meetings are often much briefer than in traditional courses, it is imperative that you put these meetings on your calendar immediately. (A separate schedule with dates and times of these meetings is available here [hyperlink to follow].
  • If anything is going to interfere with your ability to attend one of our F2F meetings, you must inform the instructor immediately so that alternate arrangements may be made.
  • Students must arrive promptly and stay for the duration of each F2F meeting.
  • Please understand that failing to show up for a F2F meeting without prior communication to your instructor and group mates would be very disruptive and should be avoided at all costs. If an unexpected conflict arises, communicating with your instructor and group mates, as soon as possible, is essential.
  • Failing to attend our F2F meetings can negatively impact your participation grade for the course (35% of your final grade) and could prevent you from being able to submit a final portfolio and pass the course.

Common Courtesy in F2F Meetings

  • Phones should be stowed away during F2F meetings unless we are using phones as a tool in our activities. Your full attention will help us make the most of our time together.
  • Please refrain from texting, social media, and other distracting activities when others are taking the time to work with you.
  • You may be using a laptop or tablet when we are meeting face to face. Just be sure to avoid the habit of drifting over to Facebook, Minecraft,  or Instagram during those times.
  • No smoking of any kind--including electronic cigarettes--is permitted during our meetings.
  • Respect for the rights of others seeking to learn and for the general goals of academic freedom must be maintained. Differences of viewpoint or concerns should be expressed in terms that show respect even in dissent. Student conduct that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated.
  • Treating your colleagues with respect and courtesy will foster a productive learning environment.

Question for Reflection

What challenges do you foresee to submitting all required drafts, on time, or to your regular and consistent engagement in our F2F and online interactions? How do you plan to address these challenges?


  • This course will adhere to CSUCI’s academic dishonesty policy.
  • All work that students submit as their own work must, in fact, be their own work. If a paper presents ideas or information from other sources, it must clearly indicate the source.
  • Word-for-word language taken from other sources -- books, papers, web sites, interviews, conversations, etc. -- must be placed in quotation marks and the source identified. Paraphrased material must be cited.
  • In accordance with the CSU Channel Islands policy on academic dishonesty, students who knowingly plagiarize ideas or language will fail the course. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they have questions about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.about what might constitute an act of plagiarism or cheating.

Writing Center

  • All successful writers get feedback from other writers. And while feedback from a teacher can be helpful, you need to develop other sources, peer sources, that you can rely on long after you graduate.
  • You have a great opportunity here at CSUCI to receive help from University Writing Center tutors. Writing Center tutors receive special training in order to help you work on your papers at any stage in the writing process from generating ideas to finalizing your works cited page—you can even come to see the tutors before you’ve started writing.
  • The University Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Broome Library (near the exit by the bridge to the Town Center). Call 437.8934 for appointments, or if you have questions or concerns about the Center, call or talk to the coordinator, Kathleen Klompien (437.2762).

Final Portfolios

  • Final portfolios are due during the last week of classes. No late portfolios can be accepted.
  • Your portfolio will consist of your two strongest papers, revised and edited several times.
  • You must pass portfolio review in order to submit a portfolio for scoring.
  • Classes do not meet during finals week. This is when the composition faculty scores portfolios.

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