Wrapping up the Semester

Can you believe it?? This coming week is the final week of class! Below is everything you need to know about what needs to happen between now and the last day of the semester.

Last Minute Office Hours
In addition to my regular office hours on Tuesday (12-2pm), I will be on campus tomorrow, M 12/16, in the afternoon, and have some availability to meet to discuss your final project write-up/presentations, final exam, &/or the final course reflection. Please e-mail me if you would like to schedule a conference with me for Monday or Tuesday.

Final Exam
As you know, your final exam will consist of reading a short article, writing a summary of that article, and then crafting an essay in response. Part I of the final exam (reading the article/writing a summary paragraph) will take place in class on Tuesday, 12/17. Part II of the final exam (writing a response essay to the article) will take place in class on Thursday, 12/19.

I encourage you, if you have not done so already, to review the “Strategies for Summarizing” post I made earlier this semester on on course site. Remember, for the response essay, while you should use your own experience (and the first person), you have to place that personal experience in dialogue with the text/article you are given (you must show connections between the article’s points–use details/quotes from the article–and your experiences/evidence).

All of the skills you practiced this semester (creating an Introduction, developing a thesis statement, paragraph development, creating strong topic sentences, critical reading, analysis, incorporating/citing sources, providing claims/evidence) apply here, so as long as you review those strategies, you should be all set for the exam.

*You may bring a dictionary (an actual, printed dictionary) to class to use both days of the exam (but you will not be allowed to use your phone, tablet, or computer in class to look up words).

The final exam is worth 10% of your overall course grade, and you must pass it to pass the course.

Please remember to arrive to class on time both days this week week, as we will begin the exams promptly at the start of class and will end exactly at the end of class. If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time to complete the exam.


Final Project Write-Up
The collaboratively written final draft of the Final Project as well as individual final project reflections are due by the start of class on Tuesday, 1218. Please visit the Final Project Write-Up page and Individual Final Project Reflection page on our site for more details on these assignments. As you make your revisions, I strongly encourage you to make use of the Notes for Revision and the Peer Review Assignment that I distributed/discussed in class.

Final Project Presentations

All groups will present in Professor Pawlukewicz’s class on W 12/18 (I will be there as well to watch/provide feedback on your presentations). Please visit the Presentations page on our course site for more details on this assignment.

Final Course Reflections

Your mandatory Individual Final Course Reflection is also due no later than the start of our last class (10am) on Thursday, 12/19. Make sure to bring a printed copy to me in class and to e-mail me an electronic version (Word document) before the deadline (we are not using a shared Dropbox folder for these, to retain individual privacy in your reflections). If you do not submit both a printed and electronic copy by the deadline, you will receive no credit for the work. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Please visit the Final Course Reflection page on our site for more details about what you should included in this final reflection.

Final Course Grades
The deadline for professors to submit final course grades for the Fall 2013 semester is 12/26. Please wait to view your final course grade online through CUNYfirst (I will not be giving out final course grades via e-mail). Once you see your final grade posted online, you should feel free to e-mail me for a breakdown of your grades (including what grades you received on these final assignments).

Final grades are non-negotiable, though I am always more than happy to discuss them/your work with you at any point. If you would like to discuss any of your grades/receive additional feedback on the final assignments/exams, you should e-mail me to schedule an appointment to discuss your work when we return to campus at the end of January (2014).

Thank you, & stay in touch!

Finally, it was a pleasure to work with you all this semester. I wish you the best of luck wrapping up the semester and on your final exams, and in your future endeavors at City Tech and beyond. You all worked incredibly hard this semester, and I really appreciate your consistent effort and good cheer day in and day out! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned a lot about reading, writing, and critical thinking. Have a wonderful winter break, & don’t hesitate to be in touch in future semesters to discuss your work in this course/beyond, and/or to just say hi 🙂

My Experience at City Tech so far

My experience at city tech has been pretty good so far. To Start off it takes me 2 hours to get there because i live in Long Island but that’s my fault because i decided go to school all the way in Brooklyn (lol). when i first walked in my main goal was to not act like a freshmen even though i am. i wanted to look like i knew what i was doing. my first impression of the school was that it was pretty big and its very colorful because each room has a different color column. The people at the school seem nice and it seems like everyone is friendly with each other. what i like about City tech is that the students can do their own thing and we run our schedule,( which can be good or bad for most people). and i also like that City tech has a place where students can interact with each other and socialize. But there are many things that city tech can improve on. for example the Elevators ARE A PAIN. all the elevators get so crowed and they are very slow, its so annoying. The bathroom needs alot of improvement. for instance many of the stalls get clogged, they’re smelly, and there is always a line. They also look very old. i also hate that there is always a line at the financial aid office. City tech should find a way to make the line go faster for example more staff or a faster system. The classes are small, kind of makes me feel like im in high school again but at least the teachers can pay more attention to us. the food at city tech is pretty good, there is a variety of food to chose from. but we should have more food like taco bell or wendys. i like that there are many clubs that kids can join at city tech. but sometimes  i am unaware because i don’t know when there are club meetings so i can have the opportunity to join a club. i know that people post flyers but i always past by them. i think that the school should have a P.A system where students can announce news and upcoming activities at city tech. I also wish City tech had sports teams so i can go to pep rally’s and things like that because those are fun but i understand that the school doesn’t budget for that.

though there are many things that city tech can improve on i think that city tech is a pretty good college and i hope to enjoy more the next three years. 🙂


Happiness in where we live

In the article they Discuss how twitter determined peoples happiness based on peoples tweets and the places they tweet from. ” By mapping the emotional content of New Yorkers’ tweets, they hope to build a real-time map of who’s happy and who’s bummed out across the five boroughs”. Researchers based peoples tweets by peoples use of key words, phrases and emoticons to determine the mood of each tweet. Happiness also correlates to leisure and wealth but not as much one thinks. The NECSI believes it can achieve a reasonably accurate portrait of where people are happy and where they’re miserable. According to the Article researchers determined that some of the most happiest places according to peoples tweets are:

Central Park

the Botanical gardens

and the most happiest place is Times square

Some of the most miserable places are:

Penn station

JFK Airport

LaGuardia Airport

I thought this article was very interesting because i got to see what places people were the happiest and what places made people miserable. it was surprising that the most happiest place was Times square because its very noisy and crowed over there but at the same time i can see where it may bring someone happiness because time square is very diverse. Its also interesting how social media Effects our daily lives. I also learned that Sometimes its not always how you live its where you live.

In Somerville they partnered with an organization to create an app geared toward generating and increasing happiness. the app is part of the happ(a)thon project, first the app starts with a survey then various activities to boost the users happiness. based on this app officials in somerville can determine their citizens happiness. i think this app can be useful and use less at the same time because one can determine their individual happiness but its not really useful for everybody because everyone’s happiness is different.


Revision for Summary and Analysis of Victory Speeches.

In Bill De Blasio’s victory speech, he starts off by thanking his supporters and family, for everything they’ve done to help him make it this far. Bill believes that all with authority should keep the city protected, and he expresses his gratitude towards anyone who helped those in need of support during 9/11. Bill states that ” New York has become a tail of two cities”, meaning there are two different types of people in New York. One, being the wealthy class, and two, people living near poverty. While the wealthy class live in luxurious life styles, the poor strives on to help their kids get a better education. Bill resorts to helping those in need, and believing everyone should deserve a chance to reach their potentials.

In Joe Lhota’s victory speech, he states that taxes and other issues dominated campaigns, but what he is trying to fight for is resolving issues for New Yorkers, and how they can be solved. Joe states that his family members were all New York civilians, working and providing aid to the city. His mother also worked just so Joe and his brother can attend school. Joe states “New York has been my blood from the very beginning” (4:57), showing how he relates to the people, and how determined he is to provide well being for the residents of New York. Joe also mentions the Tale of Two Cities, and how it wants to tear down the over all progress the city has achieved (5:37). By saying how the tale of two cities is nothing more than class warfare, it is not only trying to divide the city, but it almost brought down the city to bankruptcy (5:42). Joe states he will not let that pass, and will fight to unify the city. Joe thinks that school is a huge priority for city, and he wants to expand charter schools so parents have options to better their childs education. Joe closes the speech by saying he is not a slick politician, and he will always tell the truth.

Between these 2 victory speeches, I feel that both mayors try hard to do whats best for their people. During Bill’s victorial speech, he was being specific about what needed to be changed, and what would be better for the city. By bringing up 9/11, he reminded us of what happened during in times of difficulty, and sent a message to the city that we’ll never be left unprotected, even when when under poor circumstances. Joe’s victory speech showed that he had a lot of knowledge of the city, and how New York has been his blood since the very beginning. He drew out the important issues in the city, and prioritized them by calling it out. Like Bill, he also seems to know about the Tale of Two Cities, and is well aware of how it is ripping apart the city. I feel that both mayors have similar problems they want to find an answer for, and they’re doing a pretty good job in their campaign.

Summary of “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know”

Census wants to know how happy SOMERVILLE, Mass is and in April 30, 2011 a survey was given. In that survey people were asked to rate their happiness from a 1-10 then asked why did they choose that particular number. It soon came to the ideas that if the town wasn’t happy, what was the caused of its unhappiness. One particular person wrote, “I would like to be three inches taller and speak Quechua fluently.” He rate his happiness a 6. The survey was very broad, it wasn’t just one specific thing it had peoples problem from the govern body of the town to a persons learning skills. Mr. Curtatone said, “Cities Keep carful track of their finances, a bond rating doesn’t tell us how people fell
” Not everyone was one board with the idea of a survey determining how the city or town should be made or build. Through the reading I cant really say if it was dumb or smart, it was interesting, the concept of basing the town with how happy the people were was an interesting thought. I would have loved to be apart of such a group if I lived in that town.

Summary of “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know”

The article is about giving surveys to residents in Somerville, massachusetts asking them how happy they are on a scale of one to ten. About more than 7,500 people have done the survey. One man gave himself six out of ten based on how happy he is. he said “I would like to be three inches taller and speak Quechua fluently.” There were other questions asked like “should we build more park or highway? Should workers get longer coffee breaks or more vacation days?” these questioned were asked if it would make the residents happier.

Summary of “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know”

In Somerville people filled out city census, this time people got new question on the topic of ‘How happy do you feel right now?’ They want to know what would make the people happy. More than 7,500 people mail back the survey; most of them didn’t really answer the question. Dr. Gilbert said they need more people to speak out and tell them what they need to improve. Dr. Gilbert said Somerville needs more park or highways. Workers should get longer coffee break or more vacation days. Vanessa Lagerman who lived in Somerville for six year said they are changing the city to become a better place now they have bike lanes. This is making people happier. Conor Brennan said he happy about the city attention they care about people happiness. They want Somerville to become a better place for people to live. Dr. Gilberts said adding new question to the survey was a good idea now they could find out what would make the people happy. Most people in Somerville are satisfied in the environment. “Other residents also said they felt flattered by the city’s attention.” This means other city are motivate of how the city Somerville support people idea. Somerville is a city that cares about people happiness.


Revision on 9/12/13

The city Somerville people filled out city census, this time people got new question on the topic of ‘How happy do you feel right now?’ They want to know what would make the people happy. More than 7,500 people mail back the survey; most of them didn’t really answer the question. Dr. Gilbert said Somerville needs more park or highways. Workers should get longer coffee break or more vacation days. Vanessa Lagerman who lived in Somerville for six years said they are changing the city to become a better place now they have bike lanes. Conor Brennan said he happy about the city attention they care about the people happiness. Most people in Somerville are satisfied in the environment. Other city are motivate of how the city Somerville support people idea. By doing this city census they would find out how happy people feel.


In my new summary I change many things I made it shorter because I gave to much information that wasn’t necessary. I move some sentence that was my option because in a summary is not about what you think, it about the main point the author is trying to develop in the story

How happy are you ?

John Tierney New york  times article titled “How Happy are you? A Census Wants to Know”,  discusses  how Somerville  a city in Massachusetts filled out a survey given by officials in Boston who wanted to evolve pass the traditional measures of success  and economic growth  so that they can encourage  new polices they can put to play to promote more than just the materialistic being of the community. As stated in the article “Somerville used to be renowned for crime and nicknamed “Slummerville,” 
..”  Taking that into consideration many the citizens there  made sure they participated in  this survey test taking  it was noted that “more than 7,500 people have mailed back the survey, some of them clearly not limiting their answers to municipal concerns.” As a result the mayor  was greatly pleased with this survey it allowed him to the mindsets of his Citizens and what policies he needed to get to bring improvement to the community. The survey asked questions like “to rate the nuts-and-bolts aspects of their communities — the police, the schools, the availability of affordable housing — as well as the “beauty or physical setting” of Somerville, an industrial town full of triple-decker houses. The city wants to know: “Taking everything into account, how satisfied are you with Somerville as a place to live?”

” and so forth  therefore showing that they truly cared for the opinion of the people which in they end flattered residents by the cities attention thus encourage more positive attitude from the citys people.

Strategies for Summarizing

We had some good conversation in class today about strategies for summarizing effectively. Thank you all for sharing your articles and writing with the class and for asking important questions.

Here are some of the things we discussed about summary (as well as a few new additions). Please take some time to review them over the next few days, and then, no later than Wednesday night (9/11), revise your own summary posts (with a reflection of what changes you made and why) and read through/comment on your classmates’ summary posts.

I also encourage you to continue the conversation by posting comments to this post (just hit “reply”) with further strategies (I’d love to hear your thoughts) and questions about summarizing. I’ll be checking in on this discussion over the next few days and am happy to continue this conversation online here to help you become more comfortable with the summarizing work we have done (and will continue to do) this semester.


-The length of the summary will vary depending on the length of the article you are summarizing, but in general, summaries for a short article should be one-two paragraphs that are each neither too undeveloped (e.g., 1-2 sentences) or too over-developed (e.g., 12-15 sentences).

-Since you only have a short space to convey the main points of the article, you should get right into the text’s thesis right away (remember, the thesis is not the general subject–such as technology–but a particular author’s argument about a particular topic or idea). While it may be useful/desirable in other types of writing (creative writing, more informal writing) to start with generalizations and/or questions in order to engage your reader or ease into the topic, in a summary paragraph you want to immediately and clearly state the author and title of the text and the text’s thesis. Doing so in the first sentence of your summary will help you to focus your attention on the task at hand: summarizing the text’s ideas (not bringing in your own ideas and opinions). Remember, a large part of writing effectively and successfully is to consider your purpose and your audience. In this case, your purpose is to convey information, in as straightforward a manner as possible, to readers about the content of a text (what the text says). You are not asked to respond to that content, or evaluate it. You don’t have to worry about grabbing your reader’s attention. Your primary goal is to summarize a text.

-You should only include discussion of the main point (thesis) and essential supporting points of the text. You will not be able to mention every detail or example the author uses. Use active reading to help you identify key words, identify the author’s claims, and locate important supporting points.

Summaries should be concise, which means to-the-point. You only have a short space to convey a lot of information (a pretty difficult task!), so every word you write is precious. If a word or sentence doesn’t help to summarize the text’s main points, then it doesn’t have a place in your summary. Instead of spending time repeating ideas, discussing something generally, or beating around the bush, be direct and clear. State the author’s main ideas and stay grounded in the particulars of the text itself.

-Summaries should be written in the third person (she, he, it, her, him, its, they, them, their), not the first person (I, we, my, our, us, me) or second person (you, yours, yours).

You should not include your own experiences, opinions, ideas, interpretation, analysis, bias, etc. You are not writing a subjective response or giving your point of view/response to the text. Remember that, when writing a summary of a text, your task is to concisely and accurately state the text’s thesis and supporting points. Therefore, your focus should be on an objective discussion of the main ideas of the text you read. Writing in the third person will help you to maintain this objective stance.

-In your summary (and all essays), write about the text in the present tense. Even though the author wrote the article in the past, you still discuss it, always, in the present tense. Some examples are: writes, states, claims, argues, examines, discusses.

You may use quotations from the text, but these quotes should be used sparingly, be short, and be relevant to the point you are discussing. Remember if you use the exact words from the text, you must indicate this by using quotation marks (” “) around the word and to provide a citation for that quote. We’ll discuss citation in greater detail this semester, but for now, remember that we using MLA (Modern Language Association) style. For MLA citations, simply provide the page number in parentheses after the quote. E.g., “sacrificed conversation for mere connection” (1).

(When you are discussing more than one text, you will also need to include the author’s last name in the parenthesis, but for this summary, which only is on one article, you can simply provide the page number.)

As always, I’m happy to discuss summarizing with you in more detail during my office hours (we can look at your summaries then together as well). Please feel free to schedule an appointment to see me for when I return from my conference if you’d like some individualized feedback on your writing.

How Happy Are You? A Census wants To Know

The How Happy Are You article is about the people of Summerville, Massachusetts expressing through a survey, how happy they are with their lives as well as how they feel about the schools in the area,  the affordability of houses and etc. in their own neighborhoods. This survey was taken in the spring of 2011 and approximately 7,500 residents returned their surveys. One man responded to the survey by saying his rate of his own happiness was a six because he wanted to learn to speak fluently in Quechua and be three inches taller. A woman named Vanessa Langerman said that she agreed with the survey because it is important to accommodate people’s needs and feelings about the things they wanted to change or improve about their lives or the way that they are living. Langerman wasn’t the only resident who felt good about the survey, but  other people did as well because they felt like it was good that the city was actually listening to the concerns of the people and were willing to change some things to help residents feel better and live a little better. Summerville officials hope to continue the survey over a longer period of time and compare theirs to other surveys in other towns that are close to them.

[Revision for Th 9/12]

The article “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants To Know” by John Tierney, is about the residents of Somerville, Massachusetts who express their happiness and feelings about their neighborhood in a survey. The survey is answered by a sample of 76,000 people who are asked questions about how happy they are with their lives at this very moment. In the survey people are also asked to rate the schools in the area, how easy it is to live in the area, the efficiency of the police force and etc. People respond by rating their happiness from a range from one to ten and also list some things they like and dislike about Somerville. Others respond by sharing things they want to change about themselves. The city officials are hoping to gain knowledge about the things people want to change or improve and track their residents’ happiness and compare them to neighboring communities.


I wanted to revise my summary because I learned in class that some of the details that I was including in my summary weren’t necessary. I was also not speaking in present tense, but past tense because of the date of the article. I also learned my thesis statement is suppose to include the title of the article and the author’s name.