Author Archives: Jason W. Ellis

In-Class Writing Assignment

For today’s in-class writing assignment, you will have an opportunity to summarize the article that you brought for today using only the most common ten-hundred (1,000) words.

We will discuss:

Write a 100 word summary of your selected article using only the 1,000 most common words. For the content of your summary, use Monroe’s Simple Writer linked above to draft your sentences, which you can copy and paste into your Google Doc. After you’ve completed your summary content of 100 words, add a memo header TO/FROM/DATE/SUBJECT, and an APA style citation of your article at the bottom. Post your assignment into a comment made to this blog post.


Project 2 Submission

Before our next class begins, send a brief, professional email to Professor Ellis with your Project 2 essay attached as a Word docx file. Use the subject: Project 2. Please do not share the document with me via Google Docs as I will not open it. Instead, download your essay as a Word docx file and attach it to your email to me. I will reply to each email confirming receipt of your email and attached essay.

Over the weekend, think about what are the key points in your essay that would form a 5-10 minute presentation. What images or diagrams might enrich your talk? How would you go about creating these images without access to Google Image Search, public domain images, etc. All images in the PowerPoint component of your presentation must be made by you for the purposes of this assignment. Artistic capability will not be graded–your rhetorical choices will be.

Fall 2017 English Classes

Depending on your needed courses to fulfill your degree’s requirements, you should consider some of these classes for Summer and Fall 2017:

Summer Session 1L (June 1-July 5):

ENG 2002-D960
Prof. Annette Saddik


Fall 2017:

ENG 2420 E255 (Science Fiction),
Wed 6:00pm-8:30pm
Prof. Jason W. Ellis

“Paradise & Apocalypse: The World-Building of Utopias and Dystopias”
Prof. Jill Belli

“Samuel R Delany: Science Fiction and the City”
Prof. Lavelle Porter

Project 2, APA Resources and Other Reminders

Even though we’ve gone over these resources extensively during class and there are links on the syllabus, I wanted to provide plenty of coverage of APA resources that you will need to read, follow, and apply to your second major project.

Purdue OWL APA Guide

Purdue OWL APA Sample Paper

Other things to remember:

Your research paper should address these four points as part of your discussion: history of the term, debates about the term, the meaning of the term, and uses/examples of the term.

Your conclusion should not simply repeat what you have already presented to the reader. Instead, use the conclusion to answer the question: so what? These are some questions that might help you focus your response to “so what”: Why is this research important to understanding the term? What present or future directions do you see based on your research? How might the field change in relation to the topic that you have research? Why is this topic important?

Project 2, Writing

To begin class, write a quick memo about what few great insights you have learned from your research. The body of your memo should be no more than six sentences long and it should not include any quotes or paraphrasing. It should be in your own words. However, you can mention where the things that you have learned come from. For example, “I learned about the creation of the Macintosh computer in Steven Levy’s book titled Insanely Great.” You’ll have 20 minutes to write this memo and then post it as a comment to this blog post. Afterwards, we will discuss the overall layout of your research paper and give you the remaining time to begin writing it. Remember to use APA formatting as detailed on the Purdue OWL APA site. We will follow their example paper for overall layout, and of course, cite and reference everything quoted or paraphrased in your essay.

SGA Professionalization Events

City Tech’s Student Government Association is holding several professionalization events. I would encourage you all to attend as many of these as possible. If you would like to earn extra credit, you may write a 250-word memo outlining what learned from one event. Email your memo to me as a Word docx file to earn the extra credit.


My name is Josue Kersaint, I am the Student Government Part-time/Evening Student Representative. On behalf of Student Government, I would like to invite you all to participate and inform your students about our Professional Week from April 24th to April 28th.

The week’s events include:

04/24 Professional Dress workshop 6pm-8pm Amphitheater

Students will be advised on the DOs and DON’Ts of Professional attire and the differences among the various ways of dressing.

04/25 ResumĂ© Building and Interview skills workshop 1pm – 3pm Amphitheater

Students will be given pointers on how their resumé should look, how to tailor it for each position to which they apply, how to prepare for interviews, how to successfully and confidently answers questions.

04/26 Budgeting for students workshop 3:30pm – 5:30pm N119

Students will be introduced to methods to budget their funds, how to avoid debt, and how to effectively utilize credit.

04/27 Panel Discussion 12:45pm – 2:15pm Namm and Voorhees cafeteria

Panelists, consisting of faculty, staff or leaders in their field of study, will discuss their career journey, and answer questions geared towards sparking inspiration in students.

04/28 Networking Mixer 5pm – 8pm N119

Students, Faculty and staff will be able to mingle together, Students can expand their professional network, and possible mentor-mentee relationships formed.

City Tech Employees who are interested in participating or have any questions please email me at

Thank You,

Josue Kersaint
Part-Time/Evening Student Rep.
Student Government Association
New York City College of Technology