Class: Eng 1121, Section D477

Prerequisite: Eng 1101; CUNY certification in reading and writing.

Days: M/W 2:30-3:45, rm: Library 636

Professor: Raquel Dorman


Office Hours: W 3:50-5:00 *by appointment: set up via email or in person

Course Website:


Required Text:

The Literary Experience, 2nd Edition, Eds. Beiderwell and Wheeler

Cengage 2016, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8400-3076-4


This anthology and other supplies are available at the City Tech bookstore. Please note that this book is essential to success in this course and must be rented, purchased, shared, or otherwise acquired so that reading assignments can be completed. *If this is not possible, reach out to me via email as soon as possible.


*While students are not required to purchase a grammar book for this course, we will discuss grammar frequently. In order to help us improve and understand college-level grammar, we will use a free, online grammar guide called Purdue OWL, published by Purdue University:


Class Description:

This class is designed to further the foundational work of Eng 1101. Students in this class can expect to build stronger writing, critical thinking, and active reading skills in a manner that is both practical and engaging.


As a class, we will focus on foundational rhetoric and essay principles, poetry, short stories, and excerpts. As time allows, we will explore plays and articles. Most classes will begin with a brief free write. The governing principle of this class is expository writing, which means we will be exploring how we think and write about what we know and how this can be expanded upon.


You will be expected to critically engage with the ideas presented in these readings as you participate in class discussions, as you think through and write through the material, and as you write your formal essays. This means explicit participation in class- sharing ideas and thoughts as well as responding to those of others-is mandatory, and I will call on students during class.



  1. Reading and writing assignments, frequent in-class discussion, in-class exercises, and small group workshops
  2. Journals: we will start every class with a short free write based on a prompt
  3. Reading responses and/or questions to assigned work
  4. Utilization of online resources such as OpenLab and Blackboard


Class requirements:

  1. Essays: there will be three formal essays.
  2. Attendance: as this is a discussion-based class, attendance is mandatory.
  3. Completion of assigned reading and writing responses.
  4. Participation



Consistent attendance on time and focused on the day’s activities, is necessary for passing the course.  Absences can lower your grade since they will affect your participation grade. If you stop attending class and don’t return for the rest of the semester, you will receive a grade of WU.


Late essays and homework:

10 points (one letter grade) will be taken off for every late class.


*ALL PAPERS ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD. Skipping class to turn in the paper at the end of the period will be considered late work.



Composition notebooks have been provided for in class writing. Please note that these will be collected twice for review: once in the middle of the semester and once at the end of the semester and will constitute part of the participation grade.


Classroom Decorum:

Students are expected to be present both physically and mentally. Phones are acceptable only as pertains to classroom work- if they are used in any other manner, students will be asked to put them away. Respect of other students and class community is essential.


CUNY Plagiarism Policy:

“Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and         other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College            recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.”



Essays: 60%


*please note that grading rubrics will be given for the expectations of each essay assignment. As a matter of course, all papers should be double-spaced with MLA formatting. The final paper will be a research paper and require three additional sources.


Final Exam: 10%


Participation: 15%


Hw: 15%


*There will be an extra credit opportunity at the end of the semester for 5% of total class grade.


Class Objectives:

  1. Write clearer and more logical sentences using correct spelling, conventional punctuation, and standard grammar and syntax;
  2. Paraphrase, summarize, and quote effectively;
  3. Develop active reading skills and understand audience;
  4. Critically read one’s own writing and that of peers and professionals;
  5. Competently engage in various modes of writing and analyzing including: narration and description, comparison and contrast, definition, cause and effect, division and classification, argument and persuasion;
  6. Write a research paper that presents a thesis, develops an argument, and properly incorporates and cites secondary source material;
  7. Appreciate writing as a source of power and satisfaction as well as the means for success in academia and career advancement.


*The readings, topics, and due dates are subject to change over the course of the semester.



*All classes will begin with a free write

**All readings listed below are from the required text; additional reading assignments may be given out in class the day of.


Week 1: Introduction

Mon Aug 27: 1

In class: Journals/syllabus/questionnaire/attendance, song exercise/story

HW: Read syllabus and bring three questions about it, fill out questionnaire


Wed Aug 29: 2

In class: Discussion of syllabus/open lab/song exercise/story

HW: Introduction: Critical Writing as Conversation, Beiderwell xxxi-xxxiv,

Developing a Flexible Critical Vocabulary, Beiderwell p. 39-42,

Writing as a Process, Beiderwell 3-13


Week 2: Foundations

Mon Sep 3rd: *LABOR DAY, NO CLASS*


Wed, Sep 5th: 3

In class: brief quiz on reading, community building, hand out first essay assignment

HW: Research & citation, Beiderwell 20-36

Student Model Essay Collection, Beiderwell, Appendix A 1481-1500

Start working on first draft


Week 3: Foundations

Mon, Sep 10th: *NO CLASS*


Wed, Sep 12th: 4

In class: Discussion of first essay assignment & readings, in class analysis news article

HW: Work on draft, handouts


Week 4: Foundations

Mon, Sep 17th: 5

In class: Discussion, in class analysis news article

HW: work on draft, handouts


Wed, Sep 19th: *NO CLASS*


Week 5: Foundations

Mon, Sep 24th: 6

Draft of Essay 1 due

In class:  revision in small groups

HW: Revising, Beiderwell 14-19, polish draft using in-class feedback


Wed, Sep 26th: 7

In class: Discussion of poetry, hand out of terms, collins poem

HW: rhythm, Beiderwell, 535-536, 540-545, 548-55, 602-611

Write one page response to poem of choice from hw

Week 6: Understanding & analyzing poetry

Mon, Oct 1st: 8

final Essay 1 due along with first draft

In class: discussion of reading, in class poem analysis

HW: Coherence and form, Beiderwell, 743-758

Images, Beiderwell, 665-670, 678-689 +answer questions on 689

Response to Prufrock


Wed, Oct 3rd: 9

In class: essay 2 handout

HW: Word choice, Beiderwell, 1075-1077

Definition & usage, Beiderwell, 1085-1089

Symbolism, Bedeirwell 1147-1155

The Pomegranate, Boland, Beiderwell, 367-368

The Colonel, Forche, Beiderwell 136-137

Ozymandias, Shelley, Beiderwell 1448-1449

Ozymandias, Smith, Beiderwell, 1449

*Write one page comparing two poems we’ve looked at using at least two different poetry terms


Week 7: Understanding & analyzing poetry

Mon, Oct 8th: *NO CLASS*


Wed, Oct 10th: 10

In class: discussion

HW: Ethics, Pastan, Beiderwell 138-139

ABC, Szymborska, Beiderwell 199

The Window at Arles, O’Rourke, Beiderwell 1142-1143

Sonnet 18, Shakespeare, 1084-1085

Daddy:1933, Brock, Beiderwell, 378-379

How to Watch Your Brother Die, Lassell, Beiderwell, 382-384


Week 8: Understanding & analyzing poetry

Mon, Oct 15th: 11

In class: wrap up on poetry

HW: Scene, Episode, and Plot, Beiderwell, 195-212 & answer questions on 212

A Scandal in Bohemia, Beiderwell, 218-256


Wed, Oct 17th: 12

In class: Discussion of readings and principles of fiction

HW: Character, Beiderwell, 309-326, bottom of 331-367


Week 9:

Mon, Oct 22nd: 13

draft Essay 2 due

In class: revision in small groups

HW: work on paper


Wed, Oct 24th: 14

In class: Discussion

HW:: POV, Beiderwell, 387-401, 414-422


Week 10: writing about fiction

Tues, Oct 30th: 15

Final Essay 2 due

In class: Discussion

HW: Tone, Beiderwell, 1023-top of 1025, 1034-1041, bottom of 1044-1071,

Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Beiderwell, 121

Reading response one page response to work of choosing


Wed, Oct 31st: 16

In class: Discussion, handout for essay 3

HW: Context, Beiderwell, 1247-1264, 1271-1291, one page response to Hemingway or O’Brien


Week 11:

Mon, Nov 5th: 17

In class: Discussion of reading

HW: Interruption, Beiderwell, 845-860, 865-873


Wed, Nov 7th: 18

In class: discussion of reading, discussion of writing about longer works

HW: Beiderwell, 906-943, answer questions at end of 943


Week 12:

Mon, Nov 12th: 19

In class: Discussion

HW: Beiderwell, 1366-top of 1369, 1375-1379, bottom of 1382-1395, bottom of 1429-1439

One page reading response


Wed, Nov 14th: 20

Draft Essay 3 due

In class: revision in small groups

HW: Continue to work on paper


Week 13:

Mon, Nov 19th: 21

In class: Discussion

HW: tbd, work on paper


Wed, Nov 21st: 22

In class: Discussion

HW: Beiderwell, 762-772, 707-719


Week 14:

Mon, Nov 26th: 23

In class: Discussion

HW: Beiderwell, 559-601


Wed, Nov 28th: 24

final Essay 3 due

In class: Discussion

HW: Beiderwell, 481-518


Week 15:

Mon, Dec 3rd: 25

In class: Discussion & review

HW: work on paper


Wed, Dec 5th: 26

In class: Discussion & review

HW: tbd


Week 16:

Mon, Dec 10th: 27

In class: Discussion & review

HW: tbd


Wed, Dec 12th:

In class: Discussion of reading and of final

HW: prepare for final, handout given


Week 17:

Dec 14-20 FINAL EXAM WEEK, review & exam


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