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

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. Course Packet (required): Online at
  2. Grammar Handbook (required): Online at

Attendance & Punctuality: If you miss more than four classes, you will receive no credit for participation.  Students who miss class or arrive late will receive a zero on the daily in-class quiz (see below).

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 daily reading quizzes. Students should print the assigned reading and bring it 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), and 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.  There will be additional in-class writing assignments and reading responses.

NOTE: Essays are due at the beginning of class. Students should bring a hard copy to class, and email a digital copy to the instructor before class.

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 500 points, or 20% of the final grade for the class. The instructor will discuss the test format in class.

Daily Quizzes: There will be a two-question quiz at the beginning of each class period to test that students have completed and understood the assigned reading. Each quiz is worth 20 points. Students will receive 10 points for showing up and writing their name (NOTE: it is therefore in students’ best interests to attend class even if they did not complete the reading), and 5 points for each question they get right. If no reading was assigned, then the student will receive credit for attendance. The first question will be asked promptly at 11:00 a.m. and questions will not be repeated; therefore students should be at their desks and ready to write at 11:00 a.m.

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 after 11:00a.m. on the day they are due will receive a 20 percentage point penalty. 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.


Possible final grades are as follows:





























Grading Breakdown:

Essays: 60%

Personal Narrative: 10 %

Summaries: 10%           

Argumentative Essay: 15%       

Compare and Contrast In-Class: 10%

Compare and Contrast Take-Home: 15%

Final Exam: 20%

Daily Quizzes: 20%

Total: 100%


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: Brooklyn College’s statement on non-attendance because of religious belief is located on page 66 of the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin:

Student Bereavement Policy: Brooklyn College’s statement on non-attendance because of religious belief is located here:

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 28                 Weekday classes begin
  • Thursday, January 31               Last day to add a course
  • Monday, February 4                Last day to file for elective course Pass/Fail
  • Friday, February 1                   Last day to drop a course without a grade. 
  • Friday, February 15                 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

Professor Schecter

Spring 2019

2311 Boylan / 951-5195

3 hours and conference; 3 credits           

Office Hours: W 10-11

Readings and Resources


Classes 1-5: The Hero's Journey (Personal Essay)

  • Monday, January 28 (Class 1)              
    • Introduction to course goals, requirements, and syllabus.
    • Student and instructor introductions.
    • Diagnostic Essay.
    • HW: Read Douglass, "Learning to Read and Write"
  • Wednesday, January 30 (Class 2)            
    • Name Game
    • The Hero's Journey
    • Discuss Douglass
    • HW: Read Alexi, "Superman and Me"
  • Monday, January 4 (Class 3)          
    • Name Game.
    • Discuss Alexi.
    • Close reading & annotation.
    • HW: Read Lake, “An Indian Father’s Plea” and Whitehead, “City Limits”
  • Wednesday, January 6 (Class 4)         
    • Discuss Whitehead and Lake.
    • Writing Process.
    • Crafting a personal essay.
    • Formatting
    • Plagiarism.
    • Essay assigned.
    • HW: Read El-Ghobashy, “Quandaries of Representation,” WRITE Essay Draft One
  • Monday, February 11 (Class 5)       
    • Discuss El-Ghobashy
    • What is revision?
    • Draft One due. In-class peer revision.
    • HW: Essay Draft Two

Classes 6-8: Summary. 

  • Wednesday, February 13 (Class 6)       
    • Essays due.
    • Summary vs. paraphrase.
    • Summary vs. analysis.
    • Trump Video
    • Formatting summaries.
    • HW: Read & summarize Staples, "Confederate Monuments"
  • Wednesday, February 20 (Class 7)      
    • Summaries due.
    • Discuss Staples.
    • Discuss Summaries
    • Roxane Gay
    • HW: Read and summarize Furgurson, "The End of History?"
  • Monday, February 25 (Class 8)     
    • Discuss .Furgurson
    • Discuss summaries.
    • HW: Read Gatto, “Against School” and watch Alike, "How Society Kills Our Creativity"

Classes 9-16: Argument & Analysis

  • Wedneday, February 27 (Class 9)
    • Discuss Gatto and film.
    • Thesis. Defining Terms.
    • Argument.
    • HW: Read Lukianoff and Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind”
  • Wednesday March 6 (Class 10)
    • Discuss Lukianoff and Haidt.
    • More on thesis, argument.
    • HW: Read Appiyah, “The Case for Contamination”, Apihtawikosisan, “An Open Letter,” Black, "The Painting Must Go," and Bradford, "Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible"​
  • Monday, March 11 (Classes 11 & 12)
    • Discuss Appiyah, Apihtawikosisan, Black, and Bradford.
    • More on argument, evidence.
    • Another view on cultural appropriation.
    • Essay assigned.
    • HW: Read Excerpt from Sapiens by Harari, WRITE Thesis and 2 Arguments
  • Wednesday, March 13 (Class 13)
    • Discuss Harari.
    • MLA Citation.
    • Essay Thesis and Arguments.
    • Third Argument.
    • Questions about Essay.
    • HW: Essay Draft One.
  • Monday, March 18 (Class 14)
    • Draft one due.
    • How to revise an analytical essay.
    • Essay peer review and revision.
    • HW: Read Schwartz, “The Tyranny of Choice”​
  • Wednesday, March 20 (Class 15)
    • Discuss Schwartz.
    • Class Forum: Questions about Essays.
    • HW: Final Draft of Essay.
  • Monday, March 25 (Class 16)
    • Essays due.
    • Introduction to counterargument.
    • HW: Read Susan Collins's speech on Kavanaugh

Classes 17-29: Compare and Contrast

  • Wednesday, March 27 (Class 17)
    • Discuss Collins
    • HW: Read Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” and Slater, “The Trouble with Self-Esteem”
  • Monday, April 1 (Class 18)       
    • Discuss Slater in conversation with Chua.
    • How to write a texts in conversation essay.
    • HW: Read Michaels, “The Trouble with Diversity.”
  • Wednesday, April 3 (Class 19)
    • Discuss Michaels
    • Counterarguments for “The Case for Reparations.”
    •  HW: Read Coates, “The Case for Reparations.”
  • Monday, April 8 (Class 20) 
    • Discuss Coates in conversation with Michaels.
    • How to write a texts in conversation essay.
    • Outline a texts in conversation essay.
    • HW: Read Orwell, “Politics and the English Language” and Solomon, “Thugs, Students”
  • Wednesday, April 10 (Class 21)
    • Discuss Orwell and Solomon.
    • Outline essay.
    • Exam rubric
    • HW: Read “Nutritionism Defined” by Michael Pollan
  • Monday, April 15 (Class 22)
    • Discuss Pollan.
    • Begin in-class essay.
    • HW: (opt) continue reading or outlining essay
  • Wednesday, April 17 (Class 23)
    • Finish In-Class Essay.
    • HW: Happy Break!
  • Monday, April 29 (Class 24)
    • In-Class Essays returned and discussed.
    • Take-home Essay assigned.
    • HW: Essay Draft One
  • Wednesday, May 1 (Class 25)
    • Draft one due in class
    • Peer Review Workshop
    • HW: Read Beard, "The Fourth State of Matter" and Begin Essay Draft Two
  • Monday, May 6 (Class 26)
    • Discuss Beard
    • Questions about essay
    • HW: Essay Draft Two.
  • Wednesday, May 8 (Class 27)
    • Draft Two due.
    • Questions about final.
    • HW: Read first essay for Final Exam
  • Monday, May 13 (Class 28)
    • Student-led discussion of first essay for final exam.
    • Note: Instructor may not discuss the final exam with students.
    • HW: Prepare for final exam by re-reading an annotating first essay
  • Friday, May 17
    • Final Exam