English 2301 Spring 2021 Tues and Th: 11:00-12:15 Remote: Blended Synchronous/Asynchronous Instructor: Michelle Radtke Michelle.Radtke@brooklyn.cuny.edu Phone: 917 846 3875 Office Hours: Thursday 12:15-1:1
Online Course Organization and Structure
Our class site is on Blackboard. Please log into the CUNY Blackboard site with your CUNYFirst information. You will see the course listed on the left side of the homepage. Our course site has course information, and documents, a folder for the submission of assignments, and your grades.
Organization of Our Course Site on Blackboard
Structure of the Course and Meetings
Post your reading response to discussion board due Tuesday by 11:59 pm
Respond to a classmate’s post by Wednesday 11:59 pm
Workshop critique due Wednesdays by 11:59 pm
Post your workshop story on Blackboard due Thursday by 11:59 pm
My office hours for this class will be right after our Thursday class at 12:15-1:15 pm. If you would like to see me in office hours, just let me know in advance and we can speak via Zoom, Skype or if you would rather, over the phone.
If you need extra help with mechanics outside class make an appointment for free tutoring at the BC Learning Center.
Important Brooklyn College Policies
The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies.
I love working with all of my students, and I must emphasize that the success of the class largely on how well we communicate. This is especially true in the remote learning circus we are currently navigating. The priorities for this class are that you learn, that you are able to participate and do your best, and that the learning experiences is at least somewhat enjoyable. If your circumstances, either currently, or unexpectedly in the future, prevent you from working, I encourage you to let me know so I can make accommodations. My rules are always subject to my discretion (except plagiarism. Don’t plagiarize!).
Attendance and promptness
You should be present for every class. You may be absent up to 3 times without penalty; the next 2 absences will each lower your final grade by half a letter. Given your easy commute this semester, I expect you to be on time. Three late arrivals equal one absence, and a pattern of lateness will affect your grade negatively. Arriving more than 20 minutes late counts as an absence.
I want you to be alert, responsive, and respectful of your fellow students. Listening and thinking about the work of others are significant components of your participation grade in this class. Zoom class works better when we can see each other, so please, if you are able to, turn on your cameras. I am shy and I understand the reluctance, and resistance, when it comes to Zoom, however it helps me to remind myself that most people spend the session looking at themselves!
Late assignments lower your grade, and I cannot accept any assignments more than a week late.
Your grade will be determined as follows:
You will complete six short writing assignments. Please note that the length requirement given for each of these assignments is strict. I will not read beyond the allotted pages, as I am interested in quality over quantity.
You should handwrite in your dedicated notebook for writing
This will be due on the last day of class on Blackboard. It will be a developed piece of writing and will spring from one of your writing assignments, or class exercises. It should be workshopped, revised and expanded based on the critical feedback from the class. It must be polished and mechanically perfect, and 5 – 10 pages long.
You will share your writing with your classmates. At the beginning of the semester, you will sign up for a date for your work to be read and critiqued by the class. You will have at least two opportunities to do this over the semester Your classmates will respond with a minimum of one paragraph of critical and constructive feedback.
There will be assigned readings, each relevant to weekly themes. Be sure to read and notate these works thoughtfully in preparation for our Zoom classes, and post a response to them in the discussion forum on Blackboard.