Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Read critically and write analytically
- Develop and support theses and arguments
- Summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize information from a variety of sources
- Structure persuasive and cohesive essays
- Identify a thesis, whether explicit or implied
- Incorporate and integrate evidence into their writing using MLA documentation
- Edit and review their writing using peer and instructor critiques
- Use appropriate conventions of language, including correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Course Requirements & Policies
Attendance & Punctuality: You should be present at every class. That said, I understand that extenuating circumstances arise, and you may be absent up to 3 times without penalty; the next 2 absences will each lower your final grade by half a letter. Also, I expect you to come to class on time. Two 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.
Participation: Participation includes completing and commenting on the assigned reading, contributing to class discussion through listening and responding to classmates or the instructor, bringing required materials to class, and engaging in peer review and group activities.
NOTE: Cellphones must be silenced and put away during class. The use of cellphones and other electronics is not permitted in the classroom, except under exceptional circumstances. Students should inform the instructor about these circumstances.
Reading: Class discussion is a critical element of this course, and participation is essential. Students are expected to have closely read and be ready to discuss all readings on the day they are assigned. There will be unannounced reading quizzes. Bring the assigned reading to every class.
Essays & Other Writing: Students will write the following: a personal narrative (750-1000 words), two summaries (250-500 words each), an argumentative essay (1000-1250 words), a comparative essay (1000-1250 words). Students will revise each of these essays. These essays must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font, and formatted with one-inch margins. In addition, students will have an in-class essay exam. Students will be asked to complete other assignments, such as journal entries, in-class writing, and reading responses.
Final Exam: English 1010 students must take a final exam. The exam is based on responses to two pieces of writing: one 5-7 page essay, distributed one 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. The instructor will discuss the test format in class.
LOOP workshop: The Brooklyn College Bulletin states the following:
All students in English 1010 will complete the required Brooklyn College library orientation, which will introduce them to the services and resources of the library, including access to and ethical use of its print and electronic resources.
Grading: 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 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 period 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.
Personal narrative: 10%
Argumentative essay: 15%
In-class comparative essay: 10%
Comparative essay: 15%
Final Exam: 20%
Other Assignments: 10%
This includes take-home assignments, in-
class writing, and quizzes.
Attendance & Participation: 10%
This includes attendance, promptness, participation in class discussions and group work, etc.
Plagiarism: Brooklyn College's 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.
Non-attendance Because of Religious Beliefs: please find Brooklyn College’s statement on non-attendance because of religious belief here.
Student Bereavement Policy: The Brooklyn College Student Bereavement policy may be found here.
NOTE: 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.
Class Schedule (Please note: class schedule is subject to change.)
mon, jan 28 - Introduction to course & syllabus
wed, jan 30 - In-class writing | Adichie, “Real Food”
mon, feb 4 - Close reading & annotation | John Eighner, "On Dumpster Diving"
wed, feb 6 - The personal narrative | Ocean Vuong,“A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read”
mon, feb 11 - Language & voice | Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”
wed, feb 13 - Plagiarism | Essay 1 due
mon, feb 18 - College Closed | No Class
wed, feb 20 - Revision/ Essay 1 feedback | Lukianoff & Haidt “The Coddling of the American Mind”
mon, feb 25 - Paraphrase vs. Summary vs. Analysis | Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”
wed, feb 27 - Summary vs. Analysis | Revision of Essay 1 due
mon, mar 4 - Persuasion | Colson Whitehead, “City Limits”
wed, mar 6 - Argument | John Gatto, “Against School” | & Summary 1 due
mon, mar 11 - Thesis Statements | Cormac Cullinan, “If Nature Had Rights”
wed, mar 13 - Citations & Quotations | Tristan Korten, ““In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’”
mon, mar 18 - Close reading/evidence
wed, mar 20 - Thesis | David Foster Wallace, “Consider the Lobster” | & Summary 2 due
mon, mar 25 - Structure | James Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son”
wed, mar 27 - Revision/ Essay 2 feedback | Essay 2 due - bring 3 copies for peer review
mon, apr 1 - Revision & Writing Strategies | Manuel Munoz “Leave Your Name at The Border”
wed, apr 3 - Revision/ Essay 2 feedback | Roxane Gay “Peculiar Benefits” Comparison
mon, apr 8 - Comparative thesis & structure | Cristina Henriquez,“Lunch” & Jhumpa Lahiri, “Rice”
wed, apr 10 - Incorporating quotations & evidence | Anthony Appiah “The Case for Contamination” | Revision of Essay 2 due
mon, apr 15 - MLA citation | Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”
wed, apr 17 - In class comparative essay | Sherry Turkle, “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk”
mon, apr 22 - Spring Recess - No class
wed, apr 24 - Spring Recess - No class
mon, apr 29 - Peer review | Essay 3 due - bring 3 copies for peer review
wed, may 1 - Texts in Conversation | Reading TBA
mon, may 6 - Revision/ Essay 3 feedback | Reading TBA
wed, may 8 - Final exam prep | Revision of Essay 3 due
mon, may 13 - Final class | Final Exam reading Part 1
* Final exam: Friday, May 17th 10:30-12:30, Location TBA