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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Larson, Arika

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

Course Overview, 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 Requirements and Policies

Course Objectives


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 


  1. Course Packet (all readings found at the links to the right, if prompted, password is eng1010)
  2. Grammar Handbook
  3. A notebook specifically for this class. I will collect this periodically. 

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.

Grading Breakdown: 

Essays: 60%

    Personal narrative: 10% 

    Summaries: 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.

Course Information

English 1010, Composition 1
Spring 2019
Monday, Wednesday 9:30 - 10:45 
classroom: 3407 Boylan
instructor: Arika Larson    
office: 2311 BH 
office hours: Wednesdays 10:45 - 11:45 (and by appointment)

Readings / Course Packet


Class Schedule (Please note: class schedule is subject to change.)

Week 1

mon, jan 28 -  Introduction to course & syllabus

wed, jan 30 -  In-class writing | Adichie, Real Food

Week 2

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”

Week 3

mon, feb 11 -  Language & voice | Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”

wed, feb 13 -  Plagiarism | Essay 1 due

Week 4

mon, feb 18 - College Closed | No Class 

wed, feb 20 - Revision/ Essay 1 feedback | Lukianoff & Haidt “The Coddling of the American Mind” 

                      & LOOP

Week 5

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

Week 6

mon, mar 4 - Persuasion | Colson Whitehead, “City Limits”

wed, mar 6 - Argument | John Gatto, “Against School” | & Summary 1 due

Week 7

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’”

Week 8

mon, mar 18 - Close reading/evidence 

wed, mar 20 -  Thesis | David Foster Wallace, “Consider the Lobster” | & Summary 2 due

Week 9

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

Week 10

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 

Week 11

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

Week 12

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”

Week 13

mon, apr 22 - Spring Recess - No class

wed, apr 24 - Spring Recess - No class 

Week 14

mon, apr 29  - Peer review | Essay 3 due - bring 3 copies for peer review

wed, may 1 - Texts in Conversation | Reading TBA

Week 15

mon, may 6 - Revision/ Essay 3 feedback | Reading TBA

wed, may 8 - Final exam prep |  Revision of Essay 3 due

Week 16

mon, may 13 - Final class | Final Exam reading Part 1

* Final exam: Friday, May 17th 10:30-12:30, Location TBA