*Always consult this dynamic Schedule on our OpenLab course site for the up-to-date version of the Schedule, access to readings, and more detail about assignments.

  • Unless otherwise noted, all reading and writing assignments are due at the start of class (10am) on the dates listed.
  • Most texts will be provided in-class or on our OpenLab course site (including readings on writing process/strategies to accompany our in-class writing workshops and help you with your assignments). It is your responsibility to access, read, annotate, save (and print, if you choose) these texts and bring them to class with you (note: you can print for free at the college’s computer labs). It is mandatory to have the assigned texts read, annotated, and accessible in class when we are discussing them.
  • Additional texts/assignments may be added throughout the semester to supplement the texts listed here.
  • Some weeks are lighter in workload while others require a heavy amount of reading and/or writing, so plan accordingly.

 

Date Focus DUE
Tu 2/1 Introduction to Self-Help, Course, OpenLab, and Class Community

Freewriting (diagnostic): Submit via this Dropbox link

*If you did not attend our first class, you should still complete this diagnostic writing ASAP. Set a timer, freerwrite for 15 minutes (“what is self-help?”), and then snap a photo of your writing and upload it to the above Dropbox link. Please handwrite your response (no typing), write for the full 15 minutes, and don’t do any research. This will not be graded, and there is no wrong way to do this (other than not doing it). Thanks, and I look forward to reading your writing!

JOIN: OpenLab Course

*Note: you’ll need an OpenLab account to become a member of our course. If you need help with that, check out this OpenLab for Students resource put out by the OpenLab team.

READ: Syllabus (DUE: Tu 2/1)

COMPLETE: Student Survey (DUE: W 2/2)

POST: Introduction blog post (DUE: W 2/2)

Introduce yourself however you see fit — be expansive & creative, use media (photos, links, etc.).

*Don’t forget to Categorize, this time as “Introductions (don’t use the “Sticky Category”! — keep scrolling down for the main category menu).

*If you need help posting or commenting, the Openlab for Students site has resources for that too! Check out their Learn the Basics help.

Th 2/3

Last Day to drop without the grade of WD

F 2/4 Course Withdrawal Drop Period Begins; A grade of WD is assigned to students who officially drop a course.

Class Notes: Julie

Self-Help: overview, genre, history, key terms & questions

 

 

READ + COMMENT: read all your classmates’ posts & drop comments where you see fit (if you share something in common, learn something, have questions, something resonates).

*Note: your first comment on our course site has to be moderated, so there will be a lag time between when you post it and when you see it appear on our course site. That’s why it’s good to get your first comment up ASAP 🙂

Tu 2/8 NO CLASS / NO OFFICE HOURS (CUNY Friday)
Th 2/10 Class Notes: Sofia READ + ANNOTATE: The Secret (Rhonda Byrne), 2006.

Read from beginning through (including) “Powerful Processes” and then at least one of the next chapters (of your choosing). Of course, I (always) encourage you read more … it’s a quick read 🙂

I’d also like you to explore the front matter (Cover, Dedication, Contents, Foreword) and the back matter (Biographies, back cover). We often skip over this material when we read books, but these are key aspects of the self-help genre, so slow down and get to know them.

Read the exact versions (follow the links) to texts, so we are literally all on the same page.

It’s critical that you actively / close “read” this text. You should take notes as you read, annotating it (looking up words you don’t know, taking notes, asking questions, noting down elements of fiction, writing down quotes–cited by page number in MLA format, making claims). Bring these notes to class with you (they can be handwritten or typed), and come ready to discuss specifics of the text (including pieces of textual evidence). [Note: I may ask you to show me your notes in class or submit them.]

POST: Reading Response #1: The Secret (categorize as “Reading Response” + “The Secret”)

*Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the OpenLab Composing assignment before you start working on your post. This Assignment contains a rubric for grading (remember: this semester-long assignment is worth 25% of your overall course grade!), and many guidelines and details for blogging and commenting.

Tu 2/15

*Note: For this week, Office Hours for this week be on W 2/16 10-11am & by appointment

Class Notes: Hanna

The Secret (continued)

‘The Secret’ In-Class Group Work, PDF

‘The Secret’ In-Class Group Work, Word

READ + VOTE: People’s Choice Post #1: The Secret (DUE: M 2/14)

WATCH + ANNOTATE:
Watch the first 20 minutes of The Secret documentary (available online for free here).*I encourage you to watch the entire film, which is available on Netflix. You can also rent it cheaply on Amazon.*Make sure you actively/close “read” this film the same way you would for a written text (article, short story, novel). You should take notes as you watch the documentary, annotating it (looking up words you don’t know, taking notes, asking questions, noting down elements of fiction, writing down quotes–cited by the time (hour:minute:second), making claims). Bring these notes to class with you, and come ready to discuss specifics of the film (including pieces of textual evidence).
Th 2/17

Last day to drop a course with the grade of WD; Withdrawal Drop period ends;

F 2/18: Course Withdrawal period begins; A grade of W is assigned to students who officially drop a course. 100% Tuition obligation for course drops.

Class Notes: Katie

The Secret franchise

READ + ANNOTATE: Browse The Secret website to get a feel for the franchise

SUBMIT: Submit your annotations for The Secret book, film, and website (from last few classes HW). Submit via this Dropbox link.

COMPLETE + SUBMIT: On your own, complete the In-Class Group Work Questions for Tu 2/15. Make sure to include specific claims and evidence (with citations). Submit via this Dropbox link.

 

Tu 2/22 Class Notes: George

The Secret (Rhonda Byrne)

Self-Help (Samuel Smiles)

 

The Secret [continued]

READ + ANNOTATE: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance (Samuel Smiles), 1859

*Read all front matter, Chapter I: Self-Help– National and Individual, Chapter IV: Application and Perseverance + one chapter of your own choosing (make sure to indicate in your annotations and blog which chapter you chose)

*Use the PDF linked above (so we are all on the same page, literally). This PDF is created from the book files at Project Gutenberg

SUBMIT: Submit your annotations for the Smiles reading via this Dropbox link as a clearly labeled, single file. Annotations should be detailed (not just highlighting but notes), comprehensive (on all required excerpts), and include specifics from the text with citations. Use the page #s of the PDF for citations.

POST: Reading Response #2: Self-Help (Samuel Smiles)

Th 2/24 Class Notes: Elaina

Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) [continued]

Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) [continued]

READ + VOTE: People’s Choice #2: Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) (DUE: W 2/23)

PRESENTATION: create a lightning presentation (four slides, 2-3 minutes total). One point (claim + evidence, w/citation) from each of the following sections: front matter, Chapter 1, Chapter 4, chapter you chose to read on your own.

*Be ready to present in class, so practice your presentation ahead of time (time yourself) and make sure you know how to share screen in Zoom.

Tu 3/1 Class Notes: Ashley

Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) [continued]

History of the Genre

Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) [continued]
Th 3/3 Class Notes: Ryan

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey)

READ + ANNOTATE: 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey), excerpts: Front Matter + Part One: Paradigms and Principles + Part Two: Private Victory (Habit 1: Be Proactive)

– The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Personal Workbook

*This is a GoogleBooks preview, so only excerpts are shown (and there are some pages missing every now and then). Just look through what’s there, to get a feel for the workbook/curriculum of this text.

– 7 Habits website (FranklinCovey): browse, explore, click on links, watch, read, etc. (include your annotations for the website along with your annotations for the two texts above)

SUBMIT: Submit your annotations for all Covey texts as a clearly labeled, single file via this Dropbox link.

POST: Reading Response #3:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People [categorize as “Reading Responses” + “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”]

Tu 3/8 Class Notes: Olga

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey)

READ + VOTE: People’s Choice Post #3:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (DUE: F 3/4)

 

Th 3/10 Class Notes: Kash

What is Happiness?

COMMENT: Class Discussion #1: What is Happiness? [initial comment due by Tu 3/8 + two additional comments due by W 3/9]

COMPLETE: Check-In Student Survey & Reflection (DUE: F 3/11)

Tu 3/15 Class Notes: Hasan

Positive Psychology

READ + ANNOTATE: Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being (Martin E.P. Seligman), 2011 [excerpts: front matter, Chapters 1-2 + notes, back matter]

*make sure to take the do the exercises in Chapter 2 (e.g., Gratitude Visit, What-Went-Well,  Signature Strengths)

SUBMIT: Submit your annotations (including your exercises) as a clearly labeled, single file via this Dropbox link [DUE: M 3/14]

POST: Reading Response #4: Flourish [categorize as “Reading Responses” + “Flourish”]

Th 3/17 Class Notes: Gary

Positive Psychology; Covey revisited

READ + VOTE: People’s Choice Post #4: Flourish

COMPLETE: Covey’s PEQ (Personal Effectiveness Quotient)

VIA Character Strengths Survey

*Bring results, annotations, reflections on these two assessments to class with you and be ready to discuss

Tu 3/22 Class Notes: Erick

Positive Psychology; Covey revisited

Resilience

*March 20th: International Day of Happiness

BROWSE + ANNOTATE: International Day of Happiness + World Happiness Summit

COMMENT: Class Discussion #2: Personal Effectiveness Quotient + Class Discussion #3: VIA Character Strengths

Th 3/24

* Faculty to inform students of midterm grades.

Class Notes: Kelani

Pandemic Processing, Grief, Healing, Self-Care

COMMENT: Class Discussion #4: Pandemic Processing

+

Class Discussion #5: Self-Care

REVIEW: Check your Midterm Grades (in OpenLab Gradebook) + email Professor Belli to schedule individual conferences if you received a “BL” or “U”

ATTEND + REFLECT: (Optional) Extra Credit Opportunity: Literary Arts Festival (attend event on Th 3/24 & blog in response by Su 3/27)

Tu 3/29 Class Notes: Simmone

Healing; The Power of Now

COMMENT: Class Discussion #6: Healing [initial comment by F 3/25 + one additional comment by Su 3/27]

READ + ANNOTATE: The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle), excerpts + browse Tolle’s website

POST: Reading Response #5: The Power of Now [categorize as “Reading Responses” + “The Power of Now”]

AFTER CLASS / COMMENT: Make an additional comment to Class Discussion #6: Healing. Include your direct responses to the two healing prompts (from the Rubin Museum exhibit) as a single comment. This work was done as free writing in class on Tu 3/29, but should be added here by Tu 3/29

Th 3/31 Class Notes: George

The Power of Now (continued); Meditation

READ + VOTE: People’s Choice Posts #5: The Power of Now
Tu 4/5 Class Notes: Daphney

The Power of Now (continued); Meditation; Mindfulness

COMMENT: Class Discussion #7: Meditation Reflection [DUE: F 4/1]

RESEARCH + EXPERIMENT: Research & experiment with meditation programs/apps

POST: Reading Response #6: Meditation [categorize as “Reading Responses” + “Meditation”)

Make sure to first read the Meditation Assignment. This work is your first step (pre-draft) for that project. Your post should include the following:

1. Your “intention”: You are setting an intention for this project. List your intention as a clear, direct statement at the top of your post.

* Google around to get a better sense of what “intentions” are and how to set them.

* To arrive at your attention, do some freewriting on your own and reflect on your values, desires, and goals.

2. Preconceptions about assignment (worries, hopes, fears?)

3) Research & evaluation and meditation programs/apps

You may pick any program of your choosing (though meditations should be guided, and a minimum of 10 minutes long), but you need to explore at least 3 different apps and make an intentional choice.

Your response should explain what you evaluated (with links), your assessment of the various apps, and why you chose what you chose.

4) Your choice & plan of action: which meditation app / program will use for this project, and why (don’t forget to include your rationale for why you chose what you chose)?

You also should discuss your plan for which meditations you will do and your plans and schedule for the meditation (where/when will you meditate, daily?).

*I’ll sign off (approve) your meditation plan shortly after it’s ready to go, and then you can get started with assignment.

Th 4/7

*Professor Huffman visiting class

Class Notes: Ryan

The Power of Now (continued); Meditation; Mindfulness

Journaling; Expressive Writing

 

REVISE (as necessary): Reading Response #6: Meditation [review the assignment & prompt + add your revision as a “comment” to your original post]

VOTE: People’s Choice #6: Meditation [DUE: 4/6]

REVIEW: The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle), excerpts + Tolle’s website

COMMENT: Class Discussion #7: Meditation Reflection (Round 2) [DUE: W 4/6]

*Make an additional comment directly relating meditation to the Tolle reading. You should include a specific excerpt (quote with citation) along with your analysis of the connection you are making.

COMMENT: Class Discussion #8: Self-Help as/through Writing

Tu 4/12 Class Notes: Katie

Developing a Research Question, Research Methods

In-Class Work: KW/L+ (submit responses by end of class)

Research “Shorts”: Tarot, Oracles, Astrology; Grief; Utopia and Hope

COMMENT: Class Discussion #9: What Makes me Curious?

*Initial comment due by Su 4/10 + replies to 2 classmates by start of class on Tu 4/12

MEDITATE + REFLECT: Work on Meditation Assignment

*Note: You should begin meditation no later than F 4/8 in order to give yourself enough time to complete the full 14 consecutive days of meditation and then draft / revise the reflective essay (due Tu 4/26)

Th 4/14 Class Notes: Hanna

Developing a Research Question, Research Methods

Research “Shorts”: Tarot, Oracles, Astrology; Grief; Utopia and Hope

READ+ ANNOTATE: Research Project Assignment

EXPLORATORY RESEARCH: Individual Research for Final Project

COMMENT: Class Discussion #9: What Makes me Curious? (Round 2)

*Based on feedback from professor / peers (and the work you did on KW/L+) and on your additional research, refine your proposal. Identify key terms if your area of inquiry, and do some background research to get a lay of the land. As part of this assignment, you’ll physically go to a local bookstore and browse through the self-help section!

MEDITATE + REFLECT: Work on Meditation Assignment

 

Tu 4/19 NO CLASS (Spring Recess) MEDITATE + REFLECT: Work on Meditation Assignment

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

Th 4/21 NO CLASS (Spring Recess) MEDITATE + REFLECT: Work on Meditation Assignment

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

Tu 4/26 Class Notes: Olga

Self-Help Critiques

SUBMIT: Meditation Assignment

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

POST: Research Proposals + 3 Annotated Sources (categorize as “Research Project” + “Proposals”

Th 4/28 Class Notes: Kash

Mindfulness Critiques

READ + ANNOTATE: “The Mindfulness Conspiracy” (Ronald Purser)

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

Tu 5/3 Class Notes: Simmone

Self-Help Critiques

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

POST: Revised Research Proposals, 6 Annotated Sources, & Reflection (categorize as “Research Project” + “Revised Proposal & Sources”)

* Make sure at least one of these sources is a “critique”

Th 5/5 Class Notes: Sofia

Self-Help Critiques

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project
Tu 5/10 Class Notes: Elaina

Research Project Lightning Presentations

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

PREPARE + POST + PRESENT: In-Class Lightning Presentations & Abstract Drafts [categorize as “Research Project” + “Presentations”)

READ + ANNOTATE: Final Course Reflection Assignment (due 5/22)

Th 5/12

*F 5/13: SET Deadline [SET period: M 4/25-F 5/13] — complete via email

Class Notes: Erick

Research Project Lightning Presentations

RESEARCH + ANNOTATE: Individual Research for Research Project

PRESENT: In-Class Lightning Presentations (continued)

COMPLETE: If you haven’t done so already, complete the SET (Student Evaluation of Teaching) online. This should have been sent by the college to your City Tech email (check Junk folder if you can’t find it!). [DUE: F 5/13]

REVIEW + REFLECT + DRAFT: Review course materials, annotations, Class Notes, blogs, assignments + draft Final Course Reflection

Tu 5/17

Last day to drop a class with a grade of W

Final Exams

Class Notes: Ashley

Research Projects Presentations

SUBMIT: Research Project

*To submit the final draft of the Research Project, you will do to things:

– Create a post on the OpenLab that includes with your revised (final) abstract in the body. Attach the Cover Letter (clearly labeled PDF file) + revised (final) presentation file (clearly labeled). Clearly label/link to these posts after your abstract, followed by a list/link to all of your previous posts for the project (proposals, annotated bibliographies).  Categorize this post as “Research Project” + “Presentation.”

– Submit three distinct files to Dropbox via this link: presentation file, abstract as a Word doc, Cover Letter as a Word doc. Make sure to label each file clearly (First Name Last Name, File Name).

REVIEW + REFLECT + DRAFT: Review course materials, annotations, Class Notes, blogs, assignments + draft Final Course Reflection

Th 5/19

Final Exams

Class Notes: Daphney, Julie,  & Kelani

Research Projects Presentations

REVIEW + REFLECT + REVISE: Review course materials, annotations, Class Notes, blogs, assignments + revise Final Course Reflection
Tu 5/24

F 5/27 Final Grade Submission Deadline

NO CLASS Uniform Finals– Only for those departments that employ them; End of Term. SUBMIT: Final Course Reflection (Final Exam) [DUE: Sunday 5/22]