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ENG 1010: English Composition-Student Version (2018-19 Archive): Roe, Erica

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

Bulletin Description, Discussion, Objectives

Overview and Goals: English 1010 is an introduction to College level composition. This course will focus on reading and writing fundamentals to help enhance your critical thinking, reading comprehension, expository writing and revision skills as well as conduct research. Class discussion will be led by assigned readings, writing assignments and current events as they relate to coursework. As a class, we will explore Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, and several short non-fiction essays. With a focus on collaborative learning, you will build a solid foundation of writing tools that will assist you in your future career as a student at Brooklyn College while gaining a responsible perspective on cultural differences and the world around you.

Course Requirements and Policies


  1. Freshman Common Reading: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (required)
  2. Course Packet (required):
  3. Grammar Handbook (required):

Grading Breakdown:

Attendance & Participation: 10%

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

Essays: 60%

Personal Narrative: 10 %

Summaries: 10%         

Argumentative Essay: 15%     

Compare and Contrast: 15%

In-Class Compare and Contrast 10%  

Other Assignments: 10%

This includes take-home assignments, in-class writing, and quizzes.

Final Exam: 20%

Class Participation: Our classroom is a place for discussion, which requires each student to be present, on time, and actively engaged in each class session. You are allowed 3 unexcused absences. Use them wisely and understand that your grade is docked 5% for every subsequently missed class. In extreme circumstances and religious holidays, contact me before your missed class to ensure your grade does not suffer. Arriving 15+ minutes late to class is considered excessive tardiness; being excessively tardy three times results in an absence. 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. Please inform me about these circumstances ahead of time.

Essays: You will be assigned 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).  You 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, you will have an in-class compare and contrast essay.  

In Class Writing Assignments: I will sporadically ask you to write in short answer or paragraph form for the first 10-15 minutes of class. These writings can vary from journals, responding to a reading, or free write.

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: All students in English 1010 will complete the required Brooklyn College library orientation, which will introduce you to the services and resources of the library, including access to and ethical use of its print and electronic resources. This workshop must be done by October 4th.

Grading and Friendly Reminders: Essay grading is done holistically and takes into account your personal growth as a writer. I will mark off for excessive grammatical errors; however, showing that you can think critically and analyze a text is far more important to me. Be yourself and develop a writing style that is true to you as an individual. Remember; although I am grading your papers, you are not writing for me. Choose topics you are interested in. Raise questions, explore your options, and say what’s on your mind. This class is intended to give you the tools to write your best. If you are confident in your voice and passionate about your writing – you will go far!

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 you are unable to attend class on the date an essay is due, you are still responsible for submitting (e-mailing) the essay on the same day AND bringing a hard copy of it the next time you attend class.

Possible grades are as follows:
























Below 60

Plagiarism: 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:

Center for Student 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.  

Non-attendance Because of Religious Beliefs: Please read the information in the Brooklyn College Bulletin here: ( ) regarding nonattendance because of religious beliefs. Please inform me in advance if you plan to be absent due to religious observance.

Student Bereavement Policy: Please read the information in the Brooklyn College Bulletin here: ( regarding student bereavement policy. Please speak to me after class or during office hours if you have any questions or concerns.

Brooklyn College English Requirements: The English Department requires that all students receive a grade of C- or better in order to pass English 1010. No credit will be given for grades below 70%.  Students whom attend class, but fall below the 70% requirement may receive a grade of NC (meaning no credit). Students who do not meet the attendance or grade requirement will be given a grade of F, which will negatively affect your GPA. If you find you are having difficulty in class, schedule a meeting with me or visit the Learning Center for outside guidance.

The syllabus may be subject to revision.

Course Information

Brooklyn College

The City University of New York

English 1010 – TR8D (18878) 

T/TH 8:00AM – 9:15AM

Room 3424 Ingersoll

Instructor:  Erica Roe

Office hours:  Tuesday 9:30-10:30, 2311 Boylan Hall, x3570

Readings and Resources


Course Schedule

T 8/28: Introduction to the class; going over the syllabus, introduction to First-Year Common Reading, TedTalk Video: The Danger of a Single Story
and in-class writing assignment. Homework: Americanah chapter 1


Th 8/30: Creating an Identity in Writing. Homework: Americanah chapter 24, “Map Quest” by Gary Shteyngart


T 9/4: Mapping a Personal Narrative. Homework:  Americanah chapter 44, “How it feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston 

Th 9/6: Making Time for your Narrative. Homework: “The Tyranny of Choice” by Barry Schwartz

T 9/11: No Class

Th 9/13: Stages of Writing: First draft of Personal Narrative Essay due for peer review. Homework: “Peculiar Benefits” by Roxana Gay, Grammar 


T 9/18: No Class

Th 9/20: Summaries! Homework: “Regarding the Pain of Others” by Susan Sontag, summaries homework to be collected next class


T 9/25: Argument and Analysis; making an argument. Homework: “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire” by Errol Morris, revised summary due next class.


Th 9/27: Structure: Process Analysis. Final Personal Narrative Due. Homework: “We Are Not Created Equal: The Truth About the American Class System” By Stephen Marche, 


T 10/2: Making an Argument. Homework: “Notes of a Native Son” by James Baldwin

Th 10/4: Primary Sources. Brooklyn College LOOP due. Homework: “Notes of a Native Son” by James Baldwin - annotated for discussion.

T 10/9: Process analysis. Homework: “Mirror, Mirror on the Web” by Lakshmi Chaudhry


Th 10/11: Grammar Check-In


T 10/16: First Draft of Analytical Essay due for Peer Review.

Th 10/18: Close Reading. Homework: “Another Country” by Edwige Danticat

T 10/23: Compare and Contrast. Homework: “The Case for Contamination” by Anthony Appiah

TH 10/25: Texts in Conversation. 

T 10/30: Final draft of Analytical Essay due at the start of class. Homework: “The Ugly Tourist” by Jamiaca Kincaid, “Leave Your Name at the Border” by Manuel Munoz

Th 11/1: Comparative Thesis Statements. Homework: Comparative Thesis statement assignment

T 11/6: Structure. Homework: “Stranger in the Village” by James Baldwin

TH 11/8: Looking closer at reading. Homework: “Black Bodies: Rereading James Baldwin’s Stranger in the Village” by Teju Cole

T 11/13: Effective Use of Quotations

Th 11/15: First Draft of Compare and Contrast Essay due for Peer Review

T 11/20: Grammar Check-In Homework: Revise your Compare and Contrast essay AND Read and Annotate an article from the semester

Th 11/22: No Class

T 11/27: Final Draft of Compare and Contrast Essay due at the start of class. Looking closely at text and constructing an argument.

Th 11/29: In-Class Compare and Contrast Essay. Homework: Read, annotate and bring in practice exam materials for next class.

 T 12/4: Annotation practice. First Essay for Final Exam will be handed out.

Th 12/6: In-Class Final Exam Writing Practice: Come to class prepared to receive new essay and write an essay in class

T 12/11: Review the final exam practice essay. Address any remaining questions for final exam

Th 12/13: No Class; Reading day

Friday 12/14: Final Exam 10:30-12:30 Boylan Hall 4141