Gavilan College

Fall 2012

English IB

Section 10049


“Though we do not wholly believe it yet, the interior life is a real life

  and the intangible dreams of people have a tangible effect on the world.”

                                                                                                          -- James Baldwin


Welcome to English IB!  This is a brief information page.  When the semester begins on Wednesday, August 29, you will be able to access the syllabus (giving a more in-depth description) and begin the coursework. 


Important note:  You must log on and begin the course by posting your first discussion item by noon, Friday, August 31; otherwise, you will be dropped from my records, then you will need to officially drop yourself through Admissions and Records.  Please contact me by email if you have any questions,

If you are trying to add, please know that I cannot add over capacity, so if the class is full, I cannot give an add code. Also, the system Gavilan College is currently using allows students to add themselves as soon as a spot opens. This makes it impossible for me to keep a waitlist, since any student, whether he or she has contacted me or not, can grab an open spot. Please keep checking Banner for open seats. You do not need to email me. Best luck!



Contact Information

Instructor:  Jessica Hooper

Section:  10049

Phone: (408) 848-4854

Office:   Theater 129

Office Hours: TBA


Required Texts

The following required works are available at the Gavilan Bookstore:

Literature:  An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 12th ed. by Kennedy and Gioia

Note: You can find earlier, less expensive editions online (Amazon, etc). The page numbers will be different and most but not all the readings are available in earlier editions, so you may have to find some individual readings elsewhere.

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Note: The edition of The Awakening at the Gavilan Bookstore is very inexpensive (I believe it's around $2.00), so best to buy it there.

One more reading is likely to be added. Keep checking this homepage.

Course Description English IB is an introductory literature survey course that focuses on reading and writing about four basic literary genres:  drama, poetry, short story and the novel.  All assignments and forum discussions are designed to help the student develop analytical thinking skills through close reading of various texts and through essay writing.  The coursework consists mainly of reading, writing short essays and forum discussions, and taking quizzes and exams.

The objectives for the course are manifold and include

  • applying concrete details and abstract ideas to universal themes in life and literature;
  • drawing connections and synthesizing ideas encountered in multiple readings;
  • researching and utilizing outside sources to support arguments;
  • understanding literary devices;
  • appreciating great art;
  • thinking critically about and experiencing the written word;
  • finding tools to clearly express your own ideas;
  • and enjoying reading and writing about literature.


Date, Time, and Place

Although you can enter and work in the class website anytime day or night, please know that the lectures, assignments, essays, discussions, and quizzes have certain deadlines and due dates.  Expect to work online for a few hours each week—about the same amount of time you would spend in a traditional class. 


Syllabus:  For more details, see the class syllabus.   The syllabus will not be visible until August 29, 2012.  


Last updated on July 7, 2012
For questions or comments, please contact
Jessica Hooper at