Conferences 11/19; Drafts 11/24

Reminder:  I’ve made Thursday 11/19 a conference day.  You can meet with me during class time 2:30pm – 3:45pm in our classroom.  I’ll have the Essay #2 that you just turned in.  If you have any questions about grades, the research paper, and the final exam, that’s the time to ask.

Your rough draft of the research paper is due in class on 11/24.  Bring whatever you have, even if it is incomplete.  It’s an important class, so please don’t take an “early vacation.”

Assignment #10 – Research Paper Draft

Assignment #10

Due November 24

This assignment is worth 5 points. 

Compose a rough draft of your research paper and bring it to class.

You need to have a substantial chunk of the paper in order to get full credit, at least 750 words, or about 3 pages, but push to make a full draft.

Your draft must be in your own words and not just copy and pasted from the web.  (We will talk a little more about plagiarism next week.)

Here are some things that you should have about your book in the draft:

  1. Who is its author? Do you know anything about why he or she wrote it? What was their writing process?
  2. When was it first published? What is the publication history of the specific version that you are using?
  3. Include an overview and summary of the book. What is the book about (from beginning to end)? How is that information organized?
  4. What is your perspective on the text? What does this book tell us about the history, culture or politics of New York City?


The more developed a draft you can bring to class, the more you will get out of our workshop session.  Make sure you have done at least one or two editorial runs through the paper.  Don’t turn in a paper with a ton of misspellings, run-on sentences and fragments.


Whitman Poems for 11/12

These are the three Whitman poems to read for Thursday’s class:

“O Captain! My Captain!”
“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

PDF: Whitman Poems


11/10 Brooklyn Bridge Park

We’re still meeting in front of City Tech today to walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be there on time at 2:30pm.  If it is raining  then we may decide to cut it short, but let’s meet in front of City Tech first and see what happens.

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Assignment #9 due 11/10, 10am


So I’ve updated the syllabus to reflect the changes we discussed in class.  Instead of moving on to “Bartleby, the Scrivener” we will continue our discussion of Walt Whitman in the next three classes.

For Thursday 11/4, you are to read “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” We’ll watch a clip from a documentary on Whitman, and finish discussing “Mannahatta” which we only glossed over on the tour.

Assignment #9, due on Tuesday, November 10, 10am, will be to answer all of the Discussion Questions for “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

For Tuesday, November 10, let’s plan on going down to Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (Don’t worry, we won’t do as much walking as last time.)

The week after will stay the same.  We’ll look at some of the poems in your reader. In particular read Hart Crane’s “The Bridge” which is quoted in Philip Lopate’s essay on ‘The Brooklyn Bridge.”

11/3 Brooklyn Bridge

Reminder: We are meeting outside in front of City Tech today, 2:30pm sharp, for our Brooklyn Bridge (and Brooklyn Heights) walk. See you there.


10/29 Class – Youth Gangs and Police Brutality

For the Thursday 10/29 class:   Read both of these articles:

Mark Berkey-Gerard, “Youth Gangs” (p.202)

Benjamin Shepard, “Fighting Police Brutality in Global Brooklyn” (p.218)

I’d like for you to find and read articles related to one of the following topics.  Be prepared to tell us exactly the source that you found (for example, The New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Newsweek, etc.).  You can start at Wikipedia or Google, but try to dig deeper.  Look at one of the links at the end the Wikipedia article, or pick one article from the Google search and explore it in depth.

1. Broken Windows

2. Stop and Frisk

3. #BlackLivesMatter

– This is a link to the Spring Valley HS incident.  The story is ongoing.  This link is to a local news station in SC that is covering it, so you’ll probably find more updated info by the next class.

For 11/3 “Mannahatta” and “The Brooklyn Bridge” – Assignment #8

Assignment #8 – Due by 10am on 11/3  

Tuesday, November 3 we are meeting outside for our walking tour.  Let’s meet promptly at 2:30pm in front of City Tech, just to the right of the front doors on Jay Street.

For Assignment #8 you are to answer the questions for “Mannahatta” by Walt Whitman (p.229) and “The Brooklyn Bridge” by Philip Lopate (p. 244).  These need to be turned in by 10am on 11/3.

EDIT:  For question #3 after “Manahatta” you don’t need to list and explain every single job. But explain why you think Whitman includes details about these jobs in the poem.    

Georgia O'Keefe 39.678

Georgia O’Keeffe. Brooklyn Bridge, 1949.



Sample Research Proposal

Research proposals are also due on Tuesday 10/27.

Here is a .pdf of a sample research proposal to follow:

ENG2200-SAMPLEResearch Proposal-AM

And a reminder from the syllabus…The full research project counts for 20 points:

Research Proposal – 5
Presentation – 5
Final Paper – 10

Details about each stage of the project are listed here:  ENG1101-D410-ResearchPaperSchedule

Next week’s classes 10/27 and 10/29

In next week’s classes we’ll delve into the “Current Issues” section of The Place Where We Dwell.

For class on Tuesday 10/27 let’s focus on “Affordable Housing Policies May Spur Gentrification, Segregation” by Brian Paul. Answer all of the Discussion Questions about it on your own. But you do not need to turn them in.

What you WILL turn in, is an in-class practice writing exam based on this reading.  If you have not read it in advance, or answered the questions, you likely won’t be able to complete the assignment in time.  If you do the discussion questions, the writing will be easy (or at least easier).

You should also read the James Parrot essay “As Income Gap Widens, New York Grows Apart,” which is related to Paul’s concerns about gentrification.  Review the questions for the Parrot essay.  Think about Parrot’s methodology and the sources for the statistics that he cites.


For Thursday 10/29 we’ll look at the contrast between Mark Berey-Gerard’s essay on “Youth Gangs,” and Benjamin Shepard’s essay on “Fighting Police Brutality in Global Brooklyn.”


And looking ahead to Tuesday, 11/3: Let’s tentatively plan for another walking tour.  The readings will be the same (Philip Lopate’s “The Brooklyn Bridge,” and Walt Whitman’s “Mannahatta.”)   I’ll keep an eye on the weather to see if it will favorable for us.  This time we will leave directly from City Tech.  We’ll check in about this in class next week and I’ll send out all the details.