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ENG 1010: English Composition: Faculty Version: Sample Syllabus

Bulletin Description: Workshop in expository writing: strategies of, and practice in, analytical reading and writing about texts.

Sample Syllabus: Bulletin Description and Discussion

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 you will practice and perfect strategies for writing expository essays and for engaging with different kinds of texts. You will read actively and think critically about your reading and writing. You will write both in and out of class, with an emphasis on drafting and revision. Our time in class will be split between writing, work in groups, and discussion of the readings and your own work.

Sample Syllabus PDF

Course Information

 Professor X: X@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Office Hours: Th, 3:00-4:00

English 1010 Fall 2019

 0000 Boylan / 951-5195

3 hours and conference; 3 credits                   

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 Schedule

Class Schedule:

MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTIONS    ASSIGNMENTS    DUE DATES
Week 1
Thursday, August 27     Read 
Freshman Common Essay
Syllabus

Discuss    
Introduce yourself on the Discussion Board

Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)     Read
Sat., 8/29, 11:59pm


Discuss
Sat., 8/29, 11:59pm


Meet
Thurs., 8/27, 2:15pm
MODULE 2 – 
COMMON READER        
Week 2
Tuesday, September 1

                 Read
Freshman Common Essay

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
(Your pre-recorded mini-lectures and/or other online resources, videos, etc.—list that here for students.)    Read
Tues., 9/1, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 9/1, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 9/2, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 9/3, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 9/3, 2:15pm
Week 2 
Thursday, September 3    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Brainstorming exercise for Essay 1
    Meet
Thurs., 9/3, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 9/5, 11:59pm
Week 3 
Tuesday, September 8

    Read 
Freshman Common Essay & 1 Personal Narrative

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 9/8, 11:59pm


Check-In
Tues., 9/8, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 9/9, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 9/10, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 9/10, 2:15pm
Week 3 
Thursday, September 10    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
First draft of Essay 1    Meet
Thurs., 9/10, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 9/12, 11:59pm
MODULE 3 -
SUMMARY        
Week 4
Tuesday, September 15        Read
One essay from Analysis, Short

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 9/15, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 9/15, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 9/16, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 9/17, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 9/17, 2:15pm
Week 4
Thursday, September 17    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Summary 1
    Meet
Thurs., 9/17, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 9/19, 11:59pm
Week 5
Tuesday, September 22    Read
One essay from Analysis, Short

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
    Read
Tues., 9/22, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 9/22, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 9/23, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 9/24, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 9/24, 2:15pm
Week 5
Thursday, September 24    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Revision of Essay 1
    Meet
Thurs., 9/24, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 9/26, 11:59pm
MODULE 4
ARGUMENT & ANALYSIS        
Week 6
Tuesday, September 29    NO CLASS – CONVERSION DAY (Monday classes held)
    No Discussion Board post due this week
Week 6
Thursday, October 1    Read
One essay from Analysis, Short

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 


Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Summary 2
    Read
Thurs., 10/1, 2:15pm

Check-In
Thurs., 10/1, 2:15pm

Meet
Thurs., 10/1, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 10/3, 11:59pm
Week 7
Tuesday, October 6    Read 
One essay from Analysis, Long

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 10/6, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 10/6, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 10/7, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 10/8, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 10/8, 2:15pm
Week 7
Thursday, October 8    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Thesis generating exercise for Essay 2
    Meet
Thurs., 10/8, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 10/10, 11:59pm


Week 8
Tuesday, October 13    Read
One essay from Analysis, Long

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
    Read
Tues., 10/13, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 10/13, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 10/14, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 10/15, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 10/15, 2:15pm
Week 8
Thursday, October 15    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
First draft of Essay 2
    Meet
Thurs., 10/15, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 10/17, 11:59pm
Week 9
Tuesday, October 20
     Read
Drafts of Essay 2 from peer review group

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss 
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 10/20, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 10/20, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 10/21, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 10/22, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 10/22, 2:15pm
Week 9    
Thursday, October 22    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Reverse Outline & Revision Plan    Meet
Thurs., 10/22, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 10/24, 11:59pm
MODULE 5
COMPARE & CONTRAST        
Week 10
Tuesday, October 27    Read
Two Essays from Analysis, Short

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss 
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
    Read
Tues., 10/27, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 10/27, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 10/28, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 10/29, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 10/29, 2:15pm
Week 10
October 29
         Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)


Write
Revision of Essay 2
    Meet
Thurs., 10/29, 2:15pm


Write
Sat., 10/31, 11:59pm
Week 11
Tuesday, November 3    Read 
One essay from Analysis, Long

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 11/3, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 11/3, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 11/4, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 11/5, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 11/5, 2:15pm
Week 11
Thursday, November 5    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)


Write
Comparison exercise
    Meet
Thurs., 11/5, 2:15pm


Write
Sat., 11/7, 11:59pm
Week 12
Tuesday, November 10    Read 
Two essays from Analysis, Long

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 11/10, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 11/10, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 11/11, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 11/12, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 11/12, 2:15pm
Week 12
Thursday, November 12
    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
First draft of Essay 3
        Meet
Thurs., 11/12, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 11/14, 11:59pm
Week 13
Tuesday, November 17
    Read 
Drafts of Essay 3 from peer review group

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post peer review on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
        Read
Tues., 11/17, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 11/17, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 11/18, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 11/19, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 11/19, 2:15pm
Week 13
Thursday, November 19    Meet 
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)

Write
Reverse Outline & Mindmapping exercise
        Meet
Thurs., 11/19, 2:15pm

Write
Sat., 11/21, 11:59pm
Week 14
Tuesday, November 24    Read 
Two essays from Analysis, Long

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 11/24, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 11/24, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 11/24, 2:15pm
Response: Sat., 11/28, 11:59pm

Watch

Week 14
Thursday, November 26    NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
    No synchronous session or writing assignment due this week
MODULE 6
FINAL EXAM PREP        
Week 15 
Tuesday, December 1    Read
Sample final exam essays

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch

    Read
Tues., 12/1, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 12/1, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 12/2, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 12/3, 2:15pm

Watch
Thurs., 12/3, 2:15pm
Week 15
Thursday, December 3    Meet
Zoom @ 2:15 pm (EST)


Write
Revision of Essay 3
    Meet
Thurs., 12/3, 2:15pm


Write
Sat., 12/5, 11:59pm
Week 16 
Tuesday, December 8
    Read
Final exam essay

Check-In
Submit your annotations on Blackboard 

Discuss
Post on the Discussion Board & respond to a classmate

Watch
    Read
Tues., 12/8, 11:59pm

Check-In
Tues., 12/8, 11:59pm


Discuss
Post: Wed., 12/9, 2:15pm
Response: Thurs., 12/10, 2:15pm


FINAL EXAM    Final exam information TBA
    


 

Online Course Information and Logistics

Online Course Information and Logistics
Our class site is on Blackboard.  Please log into the CUNY Blackboard site with your CUNYFirst information.  You will see the course listed on the left side of the homepage. Our course site has course information, instructions for accessing assigned texts, a folder for the submission of assignments,  important tools and resources, and your grades.

Organization of Our Course Site
You will find all of the information you need on our Blackboard course site:
•    Announcements: Here, you will find all announcements relating to course business, including a welcome, reminders about synchronous meetings, assignments, and other issues.

•    Getting Started:  This will give you a place to begin our course and to begin exploring our site.

•    Course Information:  Here, you will find all sorts of logistical information relating to the course, including information about the course schedule and synchronous meetings, rubrics for assignments, Brooklyn College’s academic resources, and technical support.

•    Syllabus:  You will find this document posted there, as well as a downloadable version.

•    Contact: You will find my contact information, including  my office hours and email address.

•    Modules 1 - 6:  The semester is broken into six modules. Click on each module, and within that, you will find a folder for each week of the semester. Click on the week so you can see two folders:
o    To Read/Watch: Course material, including reading and videos
o    To Do: A list of tasks and assignments

•    Assignments: Here you will find a list of all course assignments, including due dates and grading rubrics.  You will submit your assignments in this folder.

•    Discussions: These include Introductions, a Course Q & A, a Hallway Hangout, where we can all chat informally about non-course related things, and the Discussion Boards for each week.

•    Writing Blog: You will write weekly posts related to the writing assignments you are working on.

•    Groups: Here you will find your group information for peer workshops.

•    Blackboard Help: This folder provides help with using Blackboard.  Please note that you can also get Blackboard help from BC’s virtual front desk.

•    Blackboard Tools: This  folder contains a variety of tools that may be of use to you.

Technical Requirements and Support 
•    Devices: Because this class is fully online, you will need a device to gain access to course information and assignments.  You can use the Blackboard mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.  However, you will have an easier time seeing the content from a notebook or computer.  If you need a device, please email devicerequest@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

•    Support: Brooklyn College’s Information Technology Service (ITS) can help with any tech or Blackboard related questions.  Please email helpdesk@brooklyn.cuny.edu or call 718.951.4357 Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Structure of the Course and Meetings

 
•    Modules: The course consists of six modules that span the fourteen weeks of the semester (“Modules” on the Blackboard site).  Each week, we will explore a topic related to the writing goals of our course.

•    Due Dates: Due dates for assignments are the same each week:

Assigned reading & annotation check-in due Tuesday by 11:59 pm 
Blackboard post due by 2:15pm on Wednesday
Response to classmate’s Blackboard post by 2:15 pm on Thursdays. 
Writing Blog post and/or assignment due by 11:59pm on Saturdays.


•    Synchronous meetings: We will meet synchronously via during our regularly scheduled class time every Thursday at 2:15 pm.  I will post Zoom information in the Announcement section of our class site.  If you are unable to meet at this time, please let me know as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements.

•    Asynchronous/self-paced work: During the week, you will engage in asynchronous work, consisting of reading and watching/listening to video material and video lectures and participating on our Discussion Board by posting your own thoughts and by responding to at least one of your classmates every week.  You will turn in your annotations of the assigned reading as a form of checking in about the material. You will also turn in weekly writing assignments on our course blog.
 

Non-Attendance for Religious Belief/Bereavement

Non-attendance Because of Religious Beliefs: Please read the information in the Brooklyn College Bulletin regarding nonattendance because of religious beliefs.  Please see this link for the Student Bereavement Policy.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is not tolerated at Brooklyn College and especially will not be tolerated in this class. If you are caught handing in work that you have plagiarized from any source, you will fail the assignment in question, possibly the entire class, and may be subject to disciplinary action by the college. Here is the College's statement on 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: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies.”

Important Dates

  • Important Dates 
    Wednesday, August 26    First day of Fall 2020 classes 
    Tuesday, September 1    Last day to add a course
    Tuesday, September 29    Conversion Day – Classes follow a Monday Schedule 
    Wednesday, October 14    Conversion Day – Classes follow a Monday Schedule 
    Friday, November 6    Last day to withdraw from a Fall course with a “W” grade
    Wednesday, November 25    Conversion Day – Classes follow a Friday Schedule
    Thursday-Friday, December 10-11    Reading Day
    Monday, December 14    Final Examinations Begin
    Sunday, December 20    Final Examinations End / End of Fall Semester

    The full academic calendar, including many other important dates, is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

    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.
     

Materials

Materials

  1. Common Reader (Blackboard)
  2. Course Materials (Blackboard)

Attendance & Punctuality

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: Participation includes completing and commenting on the assigned reading, contributing to class discussion through listening and responding to classmates or the instructor, and engaging in peer review and group activities.

 

Reading

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.

Assignments

Assignments & Required Work:

Reading & Weekly Annotation Check-Ins: In order to make sure that you are on track with the assigned reading, you will turn in your annotations of assigned texts each week (listed under CHECK-IN in the course schedule). You have several options for turning in your annotations. If you’re reading a printed version of the text, you can take a photo of your written notes on the page. If you’re reading a digital version, you may choose to write notes on a separate piece of paper, and upload a photo of that. Or you may use the Add Comments feature on the PDF or Word Document, and submit that copy of the text. We will discuss guidelines and expectations during our first synchronous session.


Discussion Board Posts: You will participate on the Discussion Board once per week (listed under DISCUSS in the course schedule).  You are responsible for posting a substantive thoughtful response to a prompt by the due date. You will also be responsible for commenting in a substantive way, on a classmate’s post.   You will see due dates posted in the Discussion Board.

Writing Blog Posts: You will participate on the Writing Blog and/or turn in a writing assignment once per week (listed under WRITE on the course schedule).

Synchronous Meetings: We will meet synchronously via during our regularly scheduled class time every Thursday at 2:15 pm. In these sessions, we will review key concepts, discuss guidelines for assignments, and discuss students’ questions. We will also use the sessions for peer review workshops, small group work, and free writing/brainstorming exercises.

Essays & Other Writing: Students will write the following: an essay inspired by the freshman common reading (750-1000 words), two summaries (150 - 250 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. 

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. We 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 Breakdown

Grading Breakdown: 
Essays: 60% 
First Essay: 10 %
Summaries: 10%     
Argumentative Essay: 15%    
Compare and Contrast: 15%    
Final Exam: 20% 
Discussion Board & Writing Blog posts: 15%
Weekly Annotations: 5%  
Participation: 10% 
This includes participation in synchronous sessions, in-class writing, and group work. 
 

Grading

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 AND bringing a hard copy of it the next time they attend class.

Grade scale
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