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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Crum, Maddie

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

Course Overview, Objectives

Course description

In English 1010, we will learn how to read closely and critically, and how to form a clear argument based on academic texts. We will analyze personal narratives as well as persuasive and/or argumentative texts. We will discuss what makes texts of both genres moving, thoughtful, and successful, and we will use those tools to write our own, original work. By the end of the course, we will be writing compare-contrast essays that are more rigorous, and more carefully crafted, than those written at the high school level.

Course Requirements and Policies

Required materials

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Weekly readings, available on LibGuides
  • A composition notebook for in-class writing assignments, which you will be completing each day


Essays: 60%

Personal narrative: 10%

Summaries: 10%

Argumentative essay: 15%

Compare and contrast: 15%

In-class compare and contrast: 10%

Final exam: 20%

The final exam will be a compare-and-contrast essay. You’ll be given one of the readings in advance, and the other the day of the final. We will have a practice final exam in November.

Other assignments: 10%

At the beginning of each class, you will be asked to do a short free-writing assignment, which I will collect periodically, to make sure that you’ve done the reading, and to help you out with in-class discussion.

Attendance and participation: 10%

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


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 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.


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

Grade scale

A: 93-100

A-: 90-92

B+: 88-89

B: 83-87

B-: 80-82

C+: 78-79

C: 73-77

C-: 70-72

D+: 68-69

D: 63-67

D-: 60-62

F: Below 60

Submission of essays

All of your essays should be submitted as a hard copy.


You will be expected to come to class ready to respond to the assigned texts, in writing, through group work, and through in-class discussions. Your contributions will factor into your final grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others’ learning, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and texting.

Attendance and punctuality

If you miss more than four classes, you will receive no credit for participation. If you are late twice, it will count as one absence. A pattern of lateness will affect your grade.

Electronic devices

If I find that you’re using your phone during class, I’ll issue a warning the first time. After that, I may ask you to leave the class, and count you as absent for that class day. Class discussion is valuable, and actively listening to your peers is a part of that.


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 policy implementation can be found at If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.

Disability services

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.

Student bereavement policy

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Religious observance

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Course Information

Professor Maddie Crum


Office hours: 2:30-3:30, Monday and Wednesday, Boylan 2311


If you'd like to come to office hours but are unable to make the above time, please e-mail me to schedule a time; I'm on campus for most of the day on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Readings and Resources


August 27

Introductions, short in-class writing assignment

August 29

Reading due: Chapter 1 of Americanah

September 3


September 5

Reading due: Chapter 2 of Americanah

September 10


September 12



September 17

Assignment due: essay #1, draft #1


September 19


September 24

Reading due: “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass


September 26

Reading due: “The Ugly Tourist” by Jamaica Kincaid

October 1

Assignment due: essay #1, draft #2

Reading due: “The Last Feminist Taboo” by Marisa Meltzer

October 3

Reading due: “The Case Against Perfectionism” by Michael J. Sandel

Assignment due: summary of Sandel


October 8


October 10

Reading due: “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace

Assignment due: summary of Wallace

October 15

Assignment due: essay #2, draft #1

October 17

Reading due: “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell

October 22

Assignment due: essay #2, draft #2

October 24

Reading due: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr

October 29

Reading due: “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.” by Sherry Turkle

October 31

Reading due: “Blue-Collar Brilliance” by Mike Rose

November 5

Reading due: “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto

November 7

Reading due: “Writing Like a White Guy” by Jaswinder Bolina

November 12

Assignment due: essay #3, draft #1

November 14

Reading due: “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua

November 19

Assignment due: essay #3, draft #2

November 21

Reading due: “Recalculating the Climate Math” by Bill McKibben

November 26

Reading due: “Elegy for a Country’s Seasons” by Zadie Smith

November 28

In-class compare and contrast

December 3

Reading due: “The Braindead Microphone” by George Saunders

December 5

Reading due: “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift

December 10

Reading due: rubrics, sample essays

December 12

Reading due: long essay for the final exam