English 1B

Welcome to the information page for English 1B, Spring 2020

Start date:

If you are enrolled in English 1B CRN 32665 sec. 933, the course start date is Jan. 27th

If you are enrolled in English 1B CRN 32666 sec. 934, the course start date is March 22nd

The required texts for this course (both sections) are:

  • Literature for Composition, 11th ed. by Sylvan Barnet, William Burto, William E. Cain, and Cheryl Nixon (ISBN 0-13-467870-2)
  • A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Any copy is fine but if you want to have the same pagination as I will, purchase ISBN 978-0-385-49081-8)

*Both books have been ordered through our campus book store, but they are also available (possibly cheaper!) online through half.com, amazon, ebay, or other book rental/ebook sources. The e-book editions are fine if you prefer that mode.

Welcome Online Students!

You have enrolled in English 1B ONLINE for Spring Semester 2020. This course focuses on the writing of argumentative and analytical essays about literary works as well as practicing critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of poetry, short fiction, drama, and the novel. The study of literature is really a study of the human condition; it is through literature that we can inhabit other worlds, lives, and time periods as well as learn more about our own lives and ourselves by our reactions to literature. It sounds like a lot of work (and it is), but it’s also a lot of fun.

Are you ready for online learning?

Many students find that online classes work well for them because of the flexibility they offer (Is that you logging in from Starbucks?) especially for those with non-traditional schedules. There are lots of benefits to learning online, but there are some pitfalls as well. Online learning works best for students who are disciplined and good with time-management. Although online classes are more convenient for many students, online learning is not for everyone. Whether you have taken online classes before or are new to this method of learning, take this Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire to see how prepared you are.

Time commitment

It’s important to note that this class is not self-paced. Our class begins 9/3 and ends 12/20. You must be available for the whole semester and able to dedicate at least 9 hours each week toward reading, writing, and participating online.

Who’s teaching this class?

My name is Amy Lawlor, and I have been teaching English for 20 years, the last 12 here at CCSF. I teach both online and face-to-face classes. The preferred way to reach me during the semester is through Canvas email. I do also have a CCSF email alawlor@ccsf.edu, and my campus phone number is (415) 239-3233. Note that I only check my voicemail on days I am on campus (T & Th).

Throughout the semester I will have online office hours as well as one-on-one video chat conferences, but since I also teach face-to-face classes at the Ocean campus, you are welcome to come to my office hours on campus if you’d like to meet in person. Those hours are T and Th 2-3:30 p.m. in Batmale 724.

Course access

This class uses the Canvas platform. To log in, you will need your RAM ID and password.

§ Claim RAM ID and Login to Canvas: Student Guide

§ Login to Canvas

If at any time you are having trouble logging in or accessing the course please go to Online CCSF Course Support Center.


If you have any accommodations through the office of DSPS please contact me. If you think you might need accommodations contact the DSPS office or visit the Information for Online Students with Disabilities page. Their on-campus office is R323 and their phone number is (415) 452-5481.

I look forward to a good semester with you all!

Dropping the Class:

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to avoid getting no refund (after 10% of course length), a W symbol (after 20%), or a grade (after 60%). Also, for several consecutive, unexplained absences, the instructor may drop a student.

Special Needs:

If you need classroom or testing accommodations because of a disability, or have emergency medical information to share with me, or need special arrangements in case the building needs to be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. Students seeking disability related accommodations are encouraged to also register with Disabled Students Programs and Services located in Room 323 of the Rosenberg Library (415) 452-5481. Please see the DSPS website for more information and alternate locations.