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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Kielsgard, Erika

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

Readings and Resources

Course Description and Objectives

Bulletin Description: Workshop in expository writing: strategies of, and practice in, analytical reading and writing about texts. Fundamentals of grammar and syntax. Frequent assignments in writing summaries, analyses, comparisons of texts, and such other expository forms as narration, description, and argumentation. Emphasis on writing as a process: invention, revision, editing.

Satisfies Pathways Required Core English composition requirement. (Not open to students who have completed English 1.7.)

Discussion: This class will serve as an introduction to college-level composition. The purpose of this course is designed to develop and strengthen your abilities of comprehension and communication through the art of writing. During this course students will practice and perfect strategies for writing expository essays and for engaging with different kinds of texts. Students will read actively and think critically about course reading and assigned writing. Students will write both in and out of class, with an emphasis on drafting and revision. Class will be split between writing, working in groups, and discussing readings and student work. Students will focus on the following: reading critically and writing analytically; developing and supporting theses and arguments; comparing and/or contrasting texts; summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing information from a variety of sources; structuring persuasive and cohesive essays; incorporating and integrating evidence into their writing using MLA documentation; editing and revising; using appropriate conventions of language, including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Read and think critically
  • Understand how language operates
  • Express ideas–both orally and in writing–correctly, cogently, persuasively, and in conformity with the conventions of the discipline
  • Conduct research


The Final Exam for English 1010 will be on Friday, December 14th, 10:30am-12:30pm in **Ingersoll Annex 329!

Course Information

Brooklyn College / Fall 2018: English 1010

3 hours and conference; 3 credits

TR3E: 4411 Ingersoll, T/R 3:40-4:55p

TR5F: 4223 Boylan, T/R 5:05-6:20p


Professor Erika Kielsgard 

Office Hours: T, 1:00-3:00p in 2311 Boylan 

Tentative Course Schedule


Week 1

T, 8/28: Instructor and class introductions; syllabus

R, 8/30: Reflections on writing; tackling the personal narrative

*Sunday, September 2nd is the last day to add a course.


Week 2

Reading due: Chimammanda Adichie’s Americanah; Ocean Vuong’s “A Letter to My Mother That She will Never Read”

T, 9/4: Diagnostic essay (in-class)

R, 9/6: Persuasion and revision | Personal Narrative draft due, 2 copies

*Wednesday, September 5th is a Conversion Day; Classes follow a Monday Schedule.


Week 3

T, 9/11: NO CLASS

R, 9/13: Reading due: Mona Eltahawy's “Twitterholics Anonymous”  | Summary vs paraphrase vs analysis; in-
class summaries | First summary due (revise in-class summary)

*Last day to drop a course without a grade.


Week 4

T, 9/18: NO CLASS

R, 9/20: Reading due: Cormac Cullinan’s “If Nature Had Rights” | Argument outlines | Personal Narrative final due

*Sunday, September 16th is the last day to drop a course without a grade.


Week 5

T, 9/25: Reading due: Manuel Munoz’s "Leave Your Name at the Border" | Thesis statements

R, 9/27: Reading due: John Taylor Gatto’s “Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why” | Structure and process | Second summary due


Week 6

T, 10/2: Reading due: Lauren Slater’s “The Trouble with Self-Esteem” | Citations and effective quotations part 1

R, 10/4: Reading due: Marisa Meltzer’s “The Last Feminist Taboo” | Sources and evidence | Argumentative essay draft due, 2 copies


Week 7

Reading due: David Foster Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster”

T, 10/9: Citations and effective quotations part 2

R, 10/11: Peer review workshop and revision


Week 8

T, 10/16: Reading due: Lakshmi Chaudry’s “Mirror, Mirror on the Web” | Argumentative essay final due

R, 10/18: LOOP workshop in room 384


Week 9

T, 10/23: Reading due: Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?: What the Internet is doing to our brains” | Texts in conversation

R, 10/25: Compare and contrast outlines


Week 10

T, 10/30: Reading due: Michael Sandel’s “The Case Against Perfectionism”

R, 11/1: Revision and writing strategies


Week 11

T, 11/6: Reading due: Jonathan Haidt’s and Greg Lukianoff ’s "The Coddling of the American  Mind" | In-class compare and contrast

R, 11/8: Reading due: Roxane Gay’s “The Careless Language of Sexual Violence”

*Tuesday, November 6th is the last day to withdraw from course with a W (non-penalty) grade.


Week 12

T, 11/13: Peer review advanced draft workshop | *Bring copies of Compare and contrast essay final draft

R, 11/15: Barry Schwartz’s "The Tyranny of Choice"Compare and contrast essay due


Week 13

T, 11/20: Anthony Appiah’s “The Case for Contamination” | Intro to research and MLA citation



Week 14

T, 11/27: Practice Exam discussion; reading TBA

R, 11/29: Practice Exam


Week 15

T, 12/4: Practice Exam workshop

R, 12/6: Recap TBA


Week 16

T, 12/11: Student discussion of long essay for final exam

*Thursday, December 13th is a Reading Day.

Note: Instructor may not discuss the final exam with students.