EngWr 482:
Honors Advanced Composition
and Critical Thinking

Spring 2019

Office Hours
Contact Me


Welcome to your English 482 website. You can find all of the reading, homework, and writing assignments online here at this website. 

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the organization of the site; you will find class information here this semester as well as on the Canvas site. In these pages, you will find links to assignments, supplementary resources, and other web sites; some links are offered with explanationsothers are not. As in the reading and writing you do for the class, the idea here is to explore.



Office Hours

M-W—9:00 to 9:50
TTh—10:30 to 10:55
and by appointment

I am on reduced load (transitioning to retirement), but I am on campus Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until around noon most days. If you are having difficulty with the material or don't understand an assignment, I would encourage you to make an appointment (my schedule). I will always try to make time to meet with you. Additionally, if you have questions and don't have time to schedule an appointment, please email me—many questions can be easily answered this way.

I encourage you to come and talk with me; one-on-one or small-group, conferences are frequently very productive and can quickly clear up questions, uncertainties, or miscommunications.



Lower Library, Room LL022

My office, LL022, is in the basement of the library, near the entry facing College Oak Drive.




Though I provide a hard copy of the course syllabus the first day of class, I always have requests for replacement copies. Rather than keep extra copies, I have provided an Acrobat file so that you can replace the syllabus should you misplace the original. Simply click on the icon to display and print the syllabus. I have also uploaded a copy to the content area of Canvas.

Spring 2019 Syllabus


These are the required texts for the course:

  • Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. 4th ed. Aunt Lute, 2012.
  • Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner, 2006.
  • Nordberb, Jenny. The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan. Crown, 2014.



Office Phone: 916.484.8628

You may have a hard time reaching me by phone, and even though I do have voice mail on my office phone, I prefer to communicate by email. (I don't have a phone phobia—at least not a serious case—but I DO teach writing and thus prefer email.)

Email: lymanb@arc.losrios.edu

Email is probably the best way to reach me. I check my email often, compulsively; you are much more likely to receive a same-day response if you send an email. However, please note that I do NOT check the Canvas email with any regularity, so if you want a quick response, please use my school email.

Please consider email: specific questions, including SHORT passages from your drafts, sent by email will frequently save hours of frustration.



Finally, here are links to the course grading rubric I hand out with the syllabus. We will be using this document to talk about your papers during the semester; the rubric specifies the criteria I will use to give you feedback on your essays and grade your portfolio.

EngWr 482 Rubric

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