English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Shane Crosby

English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

English Composition department

Shane Crosby

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  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects

Textbooks

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose
Constance Hale
ISBN: 9780385346894
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A Writer's Reference
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057442
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The Norton Reader with 2016 MLA Update (Fourteenth Edition)
ISBN: 9780393617405
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The Classic Fairy Tales (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
ISBN: 9780393602975
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Writing Analytically
David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen
ISBN: 9781337559461
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A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319011130
View on Amazon

A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319083533
View on Amazon

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America)
ISBN: 9781931082273
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Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing
Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle
ISBN: 9781457699214
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Selected Essays
John Berger
ISBN: 9780375713187
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To the Wedding
John Berger
ISBN: 9780679767770
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Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
John Berger
ISBN: 9780140135152
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A Pocket Style Manual
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057404
View on Amazon

Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers
Sonia Maasik, Jack Solomon
ISBN: 9781319056636
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The Everyday Writer with 2016 MLA Update
Andrea A. Lunsford
ISBN: 9781319083434
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"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with 2016 MLA Update (Third Edition)
Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 9780393617436
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Grades

Fall 2018
54.5%
45.5%
36.4%
27.3%
18.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
65.1%
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43.4%
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21.7%
10.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted July 6, 2019 Grade Received: A

What a guy. Great class

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 7, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Prof Crosby is a great professor and somehow managed to get us to participate in an 8am class. I also learned a lot about the world and myself in this class, which i am very thankful about.
Nevertheless, here are some important points to consider:
- attendance is required. You get one unexcused absence. After that, your grade drops a whole letter for every class missed. Two tardies count as an absence
- this class has a huge workload. The homework took me more time than chem, bio and math combined.
- you need to participate in class.

Next to that, the class is really fun and truly an easy A or even A+

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 28, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Professor Crosby is, by far, one of the best professors I’ve had at UCLA.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 21, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I loved Dr. Crosby! He was so nice and funny and enthusiastic at 8AM. You are essentially guaranteed an A+ as long as you do all the assignments and go to class everyday. I don't know one person who didn't ace this class. He's not out to tank your grade. If you get the chance to take him, TAKE IT!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 23, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Crosby is a G. My friend took another ENGCOMP 3 prof and got destroyed. Take it with Crosby, do the readings, and enjoy your grade.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 14, 2019 Grade Received: A

Dude was so chill. I actually learned a lot of life lessons from him. He’s a very admirable guy who used to work with kids who had severe autism and you can see that just by how chill and lax he is. Dresses like the whitest African-American guy I know and I love it. Underarmour hat, flannel, blue jeans, and converse haha, he’s a figure. Class was super easy, even though he gives busy work it’s very manageable and boosts your grade to where you can’t get a bad grade unless you just don’t do the work. Some of the articles were actually very interesting! Loved the guy, totally recommend taking his class... we only had to write one in depth essay and it was very fun. He really cares about his students.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 14, 2019 Grade Received: A+

easiest class I've ever taken and Mr. Crosby is the chillest person I know

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 22, 2018 Grade Received: A+

If you have the chance to take English Composition 3 with Professor Crosby, do it!! He is absolutely amazing and extremely funny. As long as you turn your work on time, follow directions, and spend a good amount of time on your writing assignments, you are almost guaranteed an A or A+. I do not know anyone that got less than an A- in my lecture. I hate writing but he made the class very enjoyable and made me want to actually do the work. Crosby cares about your growth as a writer and even cares about your transition to college life. The best part of the class was that you did not do much work, but you learn an extreme amount and improve your writing greatly. There are only approximately 20 kids in a class, providing an intimate class setting where you get to know everyone, and you feel comfortable sharing. Professor Crosby does an amazing job of fostering this environment and I even made several friends from the class.
As for specifics of the class, the theme was Narrative Inquiry and the Narrative Self, which I found very interesting. There is a decent amount of homework for the class that is somewhat time intensive, but it is very manageable if you just force yourself to sit down and complete it. Most homework assignments are something he calls Critical Reading Responses (CRRs), in which he assigns a story or newspaper article and all you do is annotate the reading and answer a set of questions he gives you. He always asks for a few photos of your annotations to ensure that you actually annotated it which are very important because if you do not turn them in, the highest grade you can receive for the assignment is 70%. Professor Crosby does not have a textbook for the class and the stories for homework are instead assigned from pdfs and/or website links of stories and newspaper articles that he posts to CCLE. The readings were always interesting and covered current topics such as global warming and gang violence. The homework can take some time as the questions usually require textual evidence and they are somewhat open ended. For us, homework was always due at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday or Sunday. As long as you turn in your assignments on time and they are complete, you get a 100%. Crosby does not care if you are "correct" or have the same opinions as he does, he just wants to see that you are critically thinking and practicing writing. The CRRs become repetitive but they do improve your writing.
There are two essays for the class: a personal narrative and scholarly personal narrative. We got lucky and instead of writing two separate narratives, we only wrote one personal essay that we then reused and transformed into a scholarly personal narrative. This was because we ran into issues with time since Professor Crosby is still perfecting the class. We also had to complete an annotated bibliography with the scholarly personal narrative which did not require much work at all. He even has weeks of class where you do not meet for lecture and instead have a one-on-one meetings where he helps you with your essays and answers any questions you have.
Professor Crosby is a stickler when it comes to attendance and using electronics during class. Professor Crosby expects you to show up to class and participate. You are allowed one excused absence if you are sick or have a family emergency. His class is also a no screen classroom unless he asks for you to take your laptops out. If he sees you using them when you're not allowed to, he will email you reminding you to not use them. These rules are not really hard to follow and participating is very easy.
Overall, English Composition 3 with Professor Crosby was my favorite class this quarter, even though I dislike writing and English classes. As long as you show up to class, participate, do not use electronics during class, do all parts of assignments, turn assignments in on time, and put time into your essays, you are guaranteed a good grade (most likely an A). The workload is not too bad and the assignments cover current controversies which makes the class interesting. Professor Crosby is friendly and funny, and even cusses sometimes in class. He is amazing and so is the class, so take it if he is offered as a professor. You will not regret it!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A

Professor Crosby's class was very enjoyable. He created a friendly and intimate environment among the classmates. There were about 20 people in the class, and most of us walked away having made relationships with at least one other classmate, which I admire Crosby for doing because we were all freshmen.

As for the class, he assigned about two readings each week that we had to read, annotate, and answer about 6 questions on. All of the assigned readings were provided (in the form of links or PDFs) and were very interesting. Not a single reading from this class was boring or too difficult to understand. The questions were very simple as well and remained relatively the same for each reading throughout the quarter.

There was no final exam, and the whole quarter is devoted to writing one main essay. He requires multiple submissions of drafts leading up to the final essay. He provides a substantial amount of time for this essay and offers many opportunities to help one-on-one improve the drafts. There were about two or three weeks that we did not meet as a class. During those weeks, the students who wanted help with their essays were able to make appointments with Crosby for a workshop.

Overall, this class was easy but I also learned much from it. If you're looking for an EngComp3 lecture, try to get Crosby if you can.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 15, 2018 Grade Received: A

I mean all in all I don't think I could've had a better English Comp professor than Crosby himself. I highly recommend taking him as he's such a nice individual and is great at communicating what he expects from the class. The readings in class were eye opening and thought provoking. I very much enjoyed his class.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects

Textbooks

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose
Constance Hale
ISBN: 9780385346894
View on Amazon

A Writer's Reference
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057442
View on Amazon

The Norton Reader with 2016 MLA Update (Fourteenth Edition)
ISBN: 9780393617405
View on Amazon

The Classic Fairy Tales (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
ISBN: 9780393602975
View on Amazon

Writing Analytically
David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen
ISBN: 9781337559461
View on Amazon

A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319011130
View on Amazon

A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319083533
View on Amazon

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America)
ISBN: 9781931082273
View on Amazon

Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing
Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle
ISBN: 9781457699214
View on Amazon

Selected Essays
John Berger
ISBN: 9780375713187
View on Amazon

To the Wedding
John Berger
ISBN: 9780679767770
View on Amazon

Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
John Berger
ISBN: 9780140135152
View on Amazon

A Pocket Style Manual
Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers
ISBN: 9781319057404
View on Amazon

Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers
Sonia Maasik, Jack Solomon
ISBN: 9781319056636
View on Amazon

The Everyday Writer with 2016 MLA Update
Andrea A. Lunsford
ISBN: 9781319083434
View on Amazon

"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with 2016 MLA Update (Third Edition)
Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 9780393617436
View on Amazon
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