Instructor: Sean Kim

CCSF English Department

ENG1B: Reading and Writing About Literature

Fall 2019 course syllabus

Course Description

University-parallel reading, writing, and critical thinking applied to literature, including poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will write essays employing methods of literary analysis, research, and critical thinking.


PREREQ.: .ENGL 1A (Links to an external site).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Outcome 1: Compose coherent expository and argumentative essays about literary texts.
  • Outcome 2: Synthesize critical reading, academic research, and cultural contexts in writing about literature.
  • Outcome 3: Analyze and evaluate literature by means of close textual reading, identifying central themes and key literary elements.
  • Outcome 4: Distinguish between literal and figurative language in order to make inferences, draw conclusions about literary works, and assess how these figures of speech help generate themes.

Class Meetings

This is an online course.

Instructor Contact

Sean Kim

Email: sekim@ccsf.edu

CCSF Phone: (415) 452-7056

Office Hours: Instructor will be available at various times through Canvas, Monday through Friday. The instructor will respond to all course email within 48 hours Monday-Friday, exclusive of school holidays.

Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas Learning Management system [for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades].


Short Story Collection: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Novel: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Play: Dutchman by Leroi Jones

Poem: Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Reference: Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker (suggested)

[You can also locate and order textbooks online via the CCSF Bookstore (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Students who receive financial aid will only receive money for books listed in the CCSF bookstore.]

Required Software

You will need the following software for this course. [If linking to PDF or Word documents, QuickTime or Flash videos, put in a link to the helper applications in your Syllabus or Getting Started section of your course materials. Delete any software links that you will not use.]

Important Dates

Day Classes Begin: August 19, 2019

Day Classes End: December 12, 2019

Last Day to Add:

Last Day to Drop with refund:

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval:

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol:

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol:

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: xx

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.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences (Links to an external site) as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or of instructor.


It must be emphasized that you are required to log in, on average, 9-10 hours of work, on and off-line.

Late Policy

All assignments are due by the posted due date, which are usually Thursdays and Mondays of each week. A late submission will receive a 50% penalty. Submissions that come in 48 hours after the deadline will not be accepted without prior arrangement.

Note: Please avoid midnight due dates due to possible extra load on the server at that time and less support options for students.

Methods of Evaluation

Student activities and homework, such as Forum Discussions, Homework Assignments, Blog Entries, and other class related work are assigned points upon completion by the given due date. Quizzes will graded by a strict point system. All written work, including individual written assignments and take-home essays, will be graded according to a rubric.


There will be a midterm and final exams for this class. Both exams will be made available online.

Grading Policy

Visit the “Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade once a week and post grades and comments on the online Canvas gradebook.

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in CCSF classes are required to abide by the CCSF Student Code of Conduct (Links to an external site). Violation of the code is basis for referral to the Student Conduct Coordinator or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Office of Student Affairs and Wellness (Links to an external site).

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See the links below on Plagiarism:

Encourage Academic Integrity and Prevent Plagiarism (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Citing Information Sources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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. My office hours are xxx. 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 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for more information and alternate locations.