This is a composition course that is designed to build on the skills that you cultivated in 1010. Through engagement with literature, scholarly essays, and expository prose, you will hone your critical thinking, writing and reading skills with the goal of producing a research paper with an original thesis by the end of the course. Class time will be spent discussing readings, discussing strategies for writing, and providing thoughtful feedback to your classmates. Our course will emphasize the phases of writing from the conception of an idea through the process of drafting and revision.
This course’s theme is “The Mirror”. Throughout the semester, we will consider how science fiction authors use their genre to hold a mirror up to issues facing contemporary society. Your research paper will make an argument that engages with this theme. In order to build your argument you will be asked to develop a thesis, support your thesis through close reading one of our primary texts, and back up this close reading through integration of secondary sources.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
The City University of New York
English 1010 Fall 2019
3 hours and conference; 3 credits
T/Th 2:15p.m. - 3:30p.m. Boylan 4137
Office Hours: Th 3:30p.m. to 4:40p.m. 2311 Boylan / 951-5195
***NOTE: Reading are due on the day they appear on the syllabus.
Unit One: Dystopia (Weeks 1-5)
Unit 2: Climate Change (Weeks 6-8)
Unit 3: Who Is Human? (Weeks 9-16)