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IRW90 Found Reading & Composition

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  • CRN: 42389
  • Credits: 6
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 17, 2022, Danica L Fierman
    • Southeast SCOM 314, Tuesday, from 10:30am to 1:20pm
      From September 27 through December 13, 2022, Danica L Fierman

Class materials


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Details about this class

This course is designed to connect the reading you do to the writing you do-and vice versa. As a class, we will read an entire book together with a focus on our reading, writing and thinking processes.

I enjoy learning about you as a person and as a student and believe that each student deserves to be seen, heard, and treated with respect and dignity. I enjoy meeting with you individually and see myself as a coach or partner in your learning process. 

Although this course will be in person on Tuesdays, I will also post all of the course materials each week in Desire2Learn (D2L) and ask you to do your best to skim and begin working through them before we meet in class on Tuesday. 

This will allow our class meetings to be opportunities to review and practice the class, readings, and activities already posted online. This means, that reviewing the materials in advance will allow you to know what questions you want clarified. I will also spend time in class working to foster a supportive learning community.

Attending class sessions regularly will help you achieve the grade you are striving for, and generally helps students learn more and feel engaged with the course. 

Throughout the term, we will work in small groups and pairs for activities such as problem-solving our reading, or peer review of our writing. 

There are no exams in this course. I grade using a grade contract and don't use points or letter grades on assignments. You will earn a letter grade for your final grade at the end of the term.

I look forward to meeting you and learning together this term.


Our class will meet in-person every Tuesday at 10:30am.  The rest of the week, you will work on your class work asynchronously --which means on your own time. We do not currently have a scheduled class Zoom session, but once we meet as a class, we can decide if that is something that the class would like in order to review class material, ask questions, and/or practice activities. If we do use Zoom as a class, you will need access to a microphone and webcam. 

In addition, I ask you to use PCC email and PCC Google Drive for your reading and writing assignments. That usually means writing in Google Docs that you can then submit -or turn in to our course in Desire2Learn, (D2L). If you have questions about this, I am happy to answer them. I will also spend time the first two weeks of class teaching you how to do this.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg