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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Coleman, Caroline

2018-2019 Archive Copy of ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version

Course Overview, Objectives

Course Overview: This class will serve as an introduction to college-level composition. You will practice and perfect strategies for writing expository essays and for engaging with different kinds of texts. You will read actively and think critically about your reading, which will comprise a variety of contemporary and traditional essays. You will write both in and out of class, with an emphasis on revision. You will gain a greater appreciation of how language operates. You will express ideas—both orally and in writing—correctly, cogently, persuasively, and in conformity with the conventions of the discipline.

Course Requirements and Policies

Required Materials

1. Freshman Common Reading: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2. A dedicated folder for handouts, past assignments and readings

3. A binder or notebook with removable paper for in-class writing assignments


Course Policies

- We will regularly write in class. Bring paper and a pen to every class

- You may bring drinks to class, but do not eat in class

- Cellphones must be silenced and put away during class.

Note: If there are emergency circumstances that require you to pay attention to your phone, please inform me of this before the start of class



Reading: I expect you to annotate the texts we read by taking note of key sentences and words. If you read online, copy down the most important concepts and phrases. I expect you to look up words you don’t know and to be prepared to define them. There will be unannounced reading quizzes. Please bring the assigned reading to every class.


Writing Assignments:

You will be handing in: a personal narrative (750-1000 words), two summaries (250-500 words each), an argumentative essay (1000-1250 words), and a compare and contrast essay (1000-1250 words). You will revise each of these essays at least once. In general, rewrites are due a week after I return the first draft to you. Your essays must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font, and formatted with one-inch margins. In addition, you will have an in-class compare and contrast essay exam. You will also be asked to complete many other short assignments. Essays are due at the beginning of class. I will not accept essays submitted via email unless I give prior written permission.


Final Exam: All English 1010 students must take a final exam. The exam is based on responses to two pieces of writing: a 5-7 page essay, distributed a week before the end of the term, and a second 1-2 page piece, distributed along with the question on the day of the exam. The exam will count for 20% of the final grade for the class. We will discuss the test format in class.


LOOP workshop: All students in English 1010 are required to complete the Brooklyn College library orientation, which will introduce you to the services and resources of the library, including access to and ethical use of its print and electronic resources. Take your completed test to the library for stamping before September 6.



The Brooklyn College policy on grading for English 1010 is as follows: Grades for English 1010 are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, NC or F. Note that the minimum passing grade is C-. Students who have completed all of the course work but are not yet writing at the college level will receive a grade of NC; students who have not completed the course work will receive a grade of F. Students who do not pass English 1010 must repeat it the following semester. The course may not be taken more than three times; students who receive three grades of F, NC and/or WU may be dismissed from the college.

Grade scale
























Below 60


Grading Breakdown

Essays: 60% 

Personal Narrative: 10 %

Summaries: 20%  (i.e. 10% each)       

Argumentative Essay: 15%    

Compare and Contrast Essay: 15%  

In-Class Compare and Contrast essay 10%

Final Exam: 20% 

Other Assignments: 10% 

This includes take-home assignments, in-class writing and quizzes, etc.

Attendance & Participation: 10% 

This includes attendance, promptness, participation in class discussions and group work



Prompt attendance is mandatory. There will be additional assignments for each class that are not on this syllabus. If you must be absent you are responsible for all assigned homework. Please email me before the start of class if you will be late to class or if you will be absent from class. The official Brooklyn College policy on attendance is as follows: “First-year students absent from a course for a number of times equivalent to two full weeks of class meetings may be denied credit for the course.” In other words: four absences may result in being denied credit.


Late work

Essays turned in late will be penalized half a letter grade for each class meeting that they are late. Late work will not be accepted after one week has passed from the original due date. If you miss a class during which an essay is to be submitted, you are still responsible for submitting (e-mailing) the essay on the same day AND bringing a hard copy of it the next time you attend class. Otherwise, the assignment will be treated as a late submission.


Plagiarism: Plagiarism is not tolerated at Brooklyn College and especially will not be tolerated in this class. If you are caught handing in work that you have plagiarized from any source, you will fail the assignment in question, possibly the entire class, and may be subject to disciplinary action by the college. The College's official statement on plagiarism is as follows:

“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:


Students With Disabilities:  If you have documented learning issues, please register with the Center for Student Disability Services. The College’s official policy is as follows:


“In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at (718) 951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services, please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.”


Non-Attendance for Religious Beliefs or Bereavement:

For non-attendance because of religious beliefs, please consult the Brooklyn College Bulletin:


For the Brooklyn College Student Bereavement Policy, please see the information at the following link:

Please inform me in advance if you plan to be absent for any reason.


Office Hours: I am available for questions during my office hour after class on Thursday. If you are unable to attend my office hours, please let me know and we can arrange a separate time.


Withdrawal Policy:

English 1010 is an Academic Foundations course.  Brooklyn College’s policy on withdrawing from English 1010 is as follows: “Students are not permitted at any time to delete, drop, or withdraw from an assigned Academic Foundations course without obtaining permission of the academic department involved and consulting the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success.”

Course Information

English 1010: Composition 1                                    

Prof. Caroline Coleman

Tues/Thursday 2:15-3:30                                           

Adjunct Office: Boylan 2311

Fall 2018                                                                    

Office Hours: Th. 3:30-4:30

Room: TBA                                                                


Readings and Resources


Class Schedule

(Note: syllabus is subject to change. There will be additional assignments for each class that are not on the syllabus and for which you will be responsible)


8/28: Introduction to syllabus and Americanah (Part 1: pp. 1-44): in class writing exercise.


8/30: Americanah (Parts 2-3: pp. 47-351)


9/4: Americanah (pp. 352-end):  topic of Narrative Essay due (Note: topic must be approved by me before handing in Narrative Essay on 9/13)


9/6: Douglass “Learning to Read and Write”; Henrique “Lunch”: Loop Tour due (this must be stamped by the library)


9/11: no class


9/13: Narrative Essay due


9/18: no class


9/20: Eighner “Dumpster Diving”; Solnit “Men Explain Things to Me”: Take Home Summary #1 due


9/25: Sontag “Regarding the Pain of Others”; Cullinan “If Nature Had Rights”:


9/27: Narrative Essay Rewrite due


10/2: Meltzer “The Last Feminist Taboo”; Chua “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”: Take Home Summary #1 Rewrite due


10/4: King, Jr. “I Have a Dream”: Jefferson “The Declaration of Independence”: Take Home Summary #2 due


10/9: In-class Summary


10/11: King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”


10/16: Take Home Summary Rewrite #2 due: In-class Summary Rewrite due


10/18: Swift “A Modest Proposal”


10/23: Kinkaid “The Ugly Tourist”


10/25: Analytical Essay due


10/30: Turkle “Alone Together: Growing Up Tethered”


11/1: Baldwin “Notes of a Native Son”


11/6: Rewrite of Analytical Essay due


11/8: Staples “Just Walk on By”


11/13: Take-home Compare and Contrast Essay due


11/15: In-class Compare and Contrast Midterm


11/20: Baldwin and Staples (cont).


11/22:  college closed


11/27: Revised Take-Home Compare and Contrast Essay due 


11/29: Carr “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”; Eltahawy “Twitterholics Anonymous”


12/4: Doyle “Consider the Hummingbird”; Orwell “Shooting an Elephant”


12/6:  readings from past final exams: review for final exam


12/11: last class: small group discussion of final exam reading


12/15? Final Exam. Room to be announced.


Other Important BC Dates

Monday, August 27                Weekday classes begin

Sunday, September 2              Last day to add a course

Wednesday, September 5       Conversion Day; Classes follow a Monday Schedule, Last day to file for elective course Pass/Fail

Saturday, September 8            Weekend classes begin

Sunday, September 16            Last day to drop a course without a grade. 

Tuesday, November 6             Last day to withdraw from course with a W (non-penalty) grade. 


Note: the full academic calendar is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website