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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Pham, Drew

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. 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; 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

Course Requirements and Policies

Course Requirements & Policies 
1. Freshman Common Reading: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (required)
2. Course Packet (required): Online at ????
3. Grammar Handbook (required): Online at ???
Attendance & Punctuality: If you miss more than four classes, you will receive no credit for 
participation. Two latenesses count as one absence.  Arriving more than 10 minutes late counts 
as an absence. A pattern of lateness will affect your grade.
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 
Reading Discussion Leaders: You’ll be expected to take an active part in the readings 
by leading discussions with your peers in class. Leaders will be expected to read the texts 
carefully, coordinate with their partners to plan the discussion, conduct the discussion in 
a respectful manner, facilitate a line of inquiry based on how the class responds to the 
text, and turn in a typed copy of their questions prior to the day they lead discussions. 
This will count for 10% percent of your grade.
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 compare and contrast 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.
NOTE: Essays are due at the beginning of class. The instructor will not accept essays 
submitted via email.
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 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.
Possible grades are as follows:
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
Grading Breakdown: 
Essays: 60%
Personal Narrative: 10 % 
Summaries: 10%
Argumentative Essay: 15% 
Compare and Contrast: 15%
In-Class Compare and Contrast: 10%
Final Exam: 20%
Discussion Leadership: 10%
See above Reading section
Attendance & Participation: 10%
This includes attendance, promptness, includes in-class writing, 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 
Non-attendance Because of Religious Beliefs: Brooklyn College’s statement on non-attendance 
because of religious belief is located on page 66 of the Brooklyn College Undergraduate 
Student Bereavement Policy: Brooklyn College’s statement on non-attendance because of 
religious belief is located here. 
Important 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:  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.
The full academic calendar, including many other important dates, and the undergraduate final 
exam “grid” are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Course Information

Brooklyn College
The City University of New York 
English 1010
TBD Drew Pham
M/W 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM 
Office Hours: M 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Adjunct Office: 2311 Boylan 
Code TBD

Readings and Resources


Course Schedule 
Week 1:
* MON 8/27: Introduction to the class:
* Goals, requirements, etc.
* Syllabus
* Student and instructor introductions
* Diagnostic essay
* WED 8/29:
* Reflections on writing: process, argument, rhetorical modes and strategies
* Intro to Americanah
* Reading due: Americanah: Selection TBD
Week 2:
* WED 9/5:
* Close reading & annotation
* Crafting a personal essay
* Assignment due: 1st Draft Personal Essay
* Reading due:
* Americanah: Selection TBD
* Vuong: “A Letter to my Mother That She Will Never Read”
Week 3:
* WED 9/12
* Stages of writing: What does revision mean?
* Plagiarism
* Assignment due: 2nd Draft Personal Essay
* Reading due:
* Americanah: Selection TBD
* Whitehead: “City Limits”
Week 4:
* MON 9/17
* Summary vs paraphrase
* Summary vs analysis
* Close reading and annotation
* Reverse outlining (argument, sub argument, counter argument, evidence)
* Reading due: Solnit: “Men Explain Things to Me”
Week 5
* MON 9/24
* Thesis statements
* Argument & Analysis
* In class assignment: Summary
* Assignment due: Take Home Summary
* Reading due: Staples: “Confederate Memorials as Instruments of Racial 
* WED 9/26
* Peer review
* Revision
* In class assignment: Summary
* Reading due: Furgurson: “The End of History?”
Week 6
* MON 10/1
* Thesis Statements
* Structure (process analysis)
* Assignment due: Thesis worksheet
* Reading due: Morris: “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire”
* WED 10/3
* Selecting evidence
* Citation from primary sources
* Effective quotation from primary sources
* Assignment due: Evidence worksheet
* Reading due: Sontag: “On the Pain of Others”
Week 7
* WED 10/10
* Intro to Peer review
* Assignment due: Analytical Essay Draft
* Reading due:
* Saunders: “The Braindead Microphone”
Week 8
* MON 10/15
o Peer Review session
o Reading due: Danticat: “Another Country”
* WED 10/17
* Structure
* Reading due: Baldwin: “Stranger in the Village”
Week 9
* MON 10/22
* Revision group discussion
* Assignment due: Analytical Essay
* WED 10/24
* Texts in Conversation
* Comparative thesis statements
* Reading due: Cole: “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in the 
Week 10
* MON 10/29
* In class compare & contrast
* WED 10/31
* Argument (vs. explanation & persuasion)
* Reading due: Coates: “The Case for Reparations”
Week 11
MON 11/5:
*The anatomy of a speech 
*Reading due: King: “I Have a Dream” 
WED 11/7:
*Who said it best?: Effective use of quotations, Off topic: Signal phrases & transitions
*Reading due: Gay: “The Careless Language of Sexual Violence”
Week 12
* MON 11/12
* In-class writing strategies
* Reading due: Orwell: “Politics in the English Language”
* WED 11/14
* Analysis in the compare and contrast essay
* Assignment due: Compare and Contrast Essay
Week 13:
* Reading due: Solomon: “Thugs,Students, Rioters, Fans Media’s Subtle Racism in Unrest Coverage
* MON 11/19
* Catch up
* Reading due: Munoz: “Leave Your Name at the Border”
* WED 11/21
* Introduction to research & MLA citation
* Reading due: Dolnik: “Deafness as Culture”
Week 14: Exam prep
* MON 11/26
* Rubrics
* Sample essay grading exercise
* Reading due: Past essays
* WED 11/28
* Strategies to prepare for exam & for student discussion of exam text
* Reading due: Past essays
* Assignment due: Compare and Contrast Essay
Week 15
* MON 12/3
* Practice exam from past essays
* WED 12/5
* Exam grading feedback
Week 16
* MON 12/10
Practice exam from past essays
* WED 12/12
Class time: Student discussion of long essay for final exam (last day). Note: Instructor may not discuss the final exam with students.
Reading due: Final Exam long essay TBD
Final Exam: TBD

Campus Resources

Learning Center: The Learning Center (1300 Boylan) provides free peer tutoring in writing by trained students. Students may attend weekly or on a drop-in basis. If you’re interested in weekly tutoring sessions, please see me for a referral. You may make appointments for drop-in sessions by calling the Learning Center at 718-951-5821, by emailing, or by requesting an appointment at the Learning Center’s front desk.


Disabilities: 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 me with the course accommodation form and we will discuss your specific accommodation.