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ENGL 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

Course Information

 Professor X:

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

English 1010 Semester Year

 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:

*The schedule may be subject to revision.*

(Note to instructor: please review the “Course Schedule Guide” or the “Syllabus Guide” on the 1010 Libguide page for guidance on how to structure your class schedule.)

Week 1  

Month/Day – reading assignment or writing/HW assignment due (Tip: write assignment deadlines in bold)



8/28 – Introduction to class


8/30 – In class: diagnostic essay

Week 2


Week 3


Week 4


Week 5


Week 6


Week 7


Week 8 


Week 9 


Week 10


Week 11


Week 12


Week 13


Week 14



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 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:”


Materials (Note to instrcutor: please specify how students can access the readings for the course and if you are requiring students to bring printouts of each reading)

  1. (Optional) Course Packet
  2. (Optional) Grammar Handbook


Attendance & Punctuality

Attendance & Punctuality: (Note to instructor: written below is a sample attendance policy. There is NO English Department policy about failing students if they do not attend a minimum number of classes. That being said, students that miss an excessive numbers of classes may indeed fail the class.)

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, and engaging in peer review and group activities.



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.



Essays & Other Writing: Students will write the following: a literacy 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.    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 submit a digital copy to the instructor (via email or Blackboard) before class.

Final Portfolio: English 1010 students will submit a Final Portfolio at the end of the semester.

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

Grade Breakdown:

Essays: 55%

  • Literacy narrative: 15 % 
  • Summaries: 10% 
  • Argumentative essay: 15%
  • Comparative essay: 15% 

Portfolio: 15% 

Cover letters for individual assignments & final reflection

Other Assignments: 20% 

This includes take-home assignments, Blackboard posts, in-class writing, peer review, and LOOP Workshop. 

Attendance & Participation: 10%  

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



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