Welcome, ENGL2327 Online students!

English 2327: American Literature I, online.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact me at the following address:


Always give the course number in the subject box of your e-mail (example: ENGL2327 question)

A little about the course...

This course is specifically designed as an online course.  All course assignments, links to lectures, guidelines for responses, and exams will be on our course Blackboard page.  All essays will be handed in through Turnitin.com. That makes it easier for both of us to keep track of assignments and for you to view my comments on your papers. Remember that assignments are due within the assigned week; this is not a self-paced course.

I encourage you to e-mail me whenever you have a question. Good communication is a key factor in your success in this course. You will need to e-mail me at the college address (rslavens@collin.edu) and always include your specific course and section number in the subject line of the e-mail. Make sure all emails you send to me are from your Cougarmail address.  For your privacy's sake, I donít respond to emails from private email addresses such as gmail, yahoo, or hotmail.  I do not keep my class rolls with me at all times, and it adds significant time to my reply if I have to look up your course/section before I can access the information needed to answer your question.

How the course works:

Each week you will need to complete the readings assigned on the schedule at the end of the Course Syllabus. You will also be expected to complete assignments (quizzes, essays, exams) that are due at the end of the week or to participate in a discussion forum that will run throughout that week. You will have quizzes each week and discussion in most weeks.  In addition, there will be several essays and exams during the course. Each exam will be available in Blackboard within a limited window of time (one week). Multiple choice sections of exams are timed, but essay portions of exams are not.

Texts you'll need:

Baym, Nina, et al.  The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1, Shorter 8th ed. ISBN:  978-0-393-91886-1.

Jacobs, Harriet.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  ISBN:  978-0-393-97637-3.

Rowson, Susanna.  Charlotte Temple.  ISBN:  978-0-19-504238-2.

Textbooks for this class are available in the Central Park Campus bookstore in McKinney. 

A list of the required readings for Summer 2327 is available here: 2327Readings.pdf

I look forward to working with you!

Ray Slavens, Ph.D.