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  1. Professor Fraad

    New York City College of Technology
    The City University of New York

    English ENG 1101- Section LC 58
    Course Syllabus Fall 2019
    Learning Community English/Biology

    Instructor: Julie Fraad

    Class Time and Location: Tues/ Thurs 11:30-12:45am, Namm
    602A, Tues. 1:00-1:50, Namm 602A

    Office Hours: Tues, 2:00-3:00 in Namm 529

    Email: jfraad@citytech.cuny.edu

    • I will hand out your texts in class or post them either on Blackboard or Open Lab.
    • If texts are only available on Blackboard or Open Lab I will expect you to print them.
    • You can print in the Library on the 4th floor or in room 118, but you will need your City Tech id.
    • For style, editing and source citations, I recommend the Purdue Owl, an online site.

    In this first semester of City Tech’s first year writing sequence we will read critically and analytically in a variety of genres and rhetorical situations. We will evaluate how authors produce texts in response to a variety of situations. We will look at writing and visual representations across a variety of genres, and give you opportunities to write in a variety of genres and forms across different situations. The goal of Eng. 1101 is to provide you with the rhetorical awareness and tools to transfer your writing skills to any type of situation that requires a written response. In addition, this class is a Learning Community, and all of you are also enrolled in Biology. Most of the readings in the class also relate to Science.

    After completing ENG 1101 you should be able to:
    1. Read and listen critically and analytically in a variety of genres and rhetorical situations: Identify and evaluate exigencies, purposes, claims, supporting evidence and underlying assumptions in a variety of texts, genres and media.
    2. Adapt and compose in a variety of genres: adapt writing conventions in ways that are suitable to different exigencies and purposes in a variety of contexts including academic and workplace audiences. When appropriate, repurpose prior work to new genre, audiences and media by adjusting delivery, design, tone, organization and language.
    3. Use research as a process of inquiry and engagement with multiple perspectives. Learn to focus on a topic and develop research questions that lead to propositions and claims that can be supported with well-reasoned arguments. Demonstrate research skills through attribution and citation gathering, evaluating and synthesizing both primary and secondary sources.
    4. Use reflection and other metacognitive processes to revise prior assumptions about reading and writing and transfer acquired knowledge into new writing situations.

    University Policies

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    Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Statement: 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 at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.

    Sanctions for Academic Integrity Violations: In accordance with the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity, NYCCT empowers its Academic Integrity Committee and Academic Integrity Officer to process violations of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy. As stated in the student handbook, all instructors must report all instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Integrity Officer.
    Course Policies

    Attendance: If you fail to attend class regularly, you will fall behind on the daily writing assignments. The daily assignments build upon previous work and lead towards success in the major projects. In order to succeed in the class, you will need to attend regularly. If you fall behind, you will likely have a difficult time catching up. The Lab hour is part of your attendance and a fundamental part of the class. I take a separate attendance for your Lab hour. Any student who has no latenesses and perfect attendance will receive extra points on his/her final grade.

    Missed Work and Late Papers: I can’t accept late homework or late first drafts. We discuss the homework on the date it is due, so late homework defeats its purpose. We will do peer review on the day first drafts are due, so if you don’t do first drafts, you won’t be able to benefit from the important feedback of your classmates and feel part of our valuable community.

    Open Lab/Blackboard: You will need to register with the City Tech Open Lab and join our course immediately. It will be your responsibility to learn the navigation of the class website during the first week. After the first week, we will be using the Open Lab. Any work that you fail to post after the 3rd class meeting cannot be made up. If you need help with this, see me immediately, and make sure to come to the second and first class meetings. Some of your work will also be submitted on Blackboard. To access Open Lab you will need your City Tech email. You will also need your city Tech ID. For help with your email visit the Student Help Desk. Once you have your email you can just go to the Open Lab and press join and write your own password.

    Sample Course Load Statement: A full time course load for a college student is 4 classes. At forty hours per week, that breaks down to 10 hours per class. You will be in class and online for 2.5 hours a week. Plan to spend 7.5 hours on homework for each week on average. Some weeks will be more. Some less.

    What you can expect From Me
    I will treat you with respect and spend quality time this semester giving you feedback on your writing, shorter assignments, peer review and reflection writing. I will do my best to provide an encouraging environment in which you can take intellectual risks in your writing and critical thinking. I look forward to working with you. I urge you to attend my Office hours or if that time is not convenient to arrange another time to meet with me individually about your writing or reading for this course.

    Grade Calculation: All the papers for the projects can be revised for your Final Portfolio which is presented electronically to the Department at the end of the term.
    Unit 1: Literacy and Education Narrative 15%
    Unit 2: Environment and Global Warming/New York City/ Genre analysis/Group Presentation/ Research and Source Analysis 20%
    Unit 3: CRISPR/ Rhetorical analysis of “Radio Lab”, Science magazine article, “Are We Not Men”, by T Coraghessan Boyle/ Science fiction story or popular Science article either based on research. 20%
    Final Portfolio: 6000 words 20%
    Homework 25%

    Letter grade Numerical Grade Range
    A 93-100
    A- 90-92
    B+ 86-89
    B 83-85
    B- 80-82
    C+ 76-79
    C 70-75
    D 60-69
    F 59 and below
    WU Unofficial withdrawal attended at least once
    F Failing

    Semester Outline • All Readings and Assignments are DUE on the day they are listed.
    • Any changes made to the following schedule will be announced in class or on the class website. It is your responsibility to keep up with all announced changes.


    Tues 08/27

    Introductions, Syllabus, Open Lab/ Write first draft of story of transition to City Tech
    How to annotate a text or video
    Write story about first day at City Tech 300-500 words Join the FYLC Open Lab Project and post it to site. Comment on two of your peer’s stories
    Watch “Danger of a Single Story” Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
    Thurs. 8/29
    How to annotate a text or video
    Introduce SOAPSTONE Neil De Grasse Tyson “Science in America.” Homework “Superman and Me” Sherman Alexie Annotate and Soapstone
    1:00-1:50 Literacy and Alexie/
    Say/ Mean/ Matter/
    Brainstorm Literacy and you Section of Bill Moyers “Interview of Alexie,” “Superman and Me,”Homework “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan and “A Talk to Teachers” both Annotate and Say, Mean Matters. HW due 9/10
    Thurs. 9/05
    No Class classes follow a Monday Schedule
    Tues. 9/10
    1:00-1:50 Literacy of Home and school
    What is the connection?
    Verbs, subject verb agreement and precise verbs for expressive writing
    Tan, Baldwin, short video of Baldwin, give out Literacy Narrative Assignment. Pre-writing sheet due 9/12

    Talk through Literacy Narrative in groups. Reflective writing about Literacy/Education narrative
    First draft due 9/17 800 words
    Read and annotate “Responding-Really Responding-to Other Student’s Writing” by Richard Straub
    1:00-1:50 Peer review First draft
    Reflection of peer review
    What is editing Final draft due 9/24
    Thurs 9/19

    Writing and reflection of unit Final Draft due 9/24
    Also bring in all your completed Lab reports so far in your Biology Labs
    Tues 9/24

    1:00-1:50 What is genre?
    Discussion of genre through Lab report.
    Look at guidelines for analyzing Genres
    Murder rhetorically speaking/ethos/pathos logos
    Homework first draft genre analysis of Lab report
    Due 10/3
    Thurs. 9/26
    Global Warming through genre of TED talk. Compare to previous TED talk James Hansen TED Talk “Why I Must Take Action on Global Warming.”
    Homework/fill out SAY/MEAN/MATTER and then write a paragraph about the Talk and Transcript of talk. How is reading it different than listening to it?
    Write genre analysis of Ted talk.
    Read and annotate “Can New York be Saved in an Era of Global Warming?” by Jeff Goodell
    Tues. 10/01 No classes Scheduled
    Thurs. 10/03
    11:30-12:45 Peer Review genre analysis of Lab report and Ted talk.

    Global warming and flooding through interactive maps and
    Goodell article NASA map of Global warming 1850 to 2018
    Predictive flood maps of New York City over the next 100 years. Maps as genre. Rolling Stone article as genre. Homework genre analysis of interactive maps and Rolling Stone article. Read and Annotate news article from New York Times, “The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching,” by Michael Kimmelman.” Write a comparative genre analysis paper about all the Global Warming and Environment Texts due 9/10.
    Tues 10/08

    No classes scheduled
    Thurs 10/10
    11:30-12:45 Peer Review of genre analysis of maps and TED talk paper.
    Genre analysis and NY Times article and review of how different genres have contributed to our understanding of the issue Video of Rotterdam and its adaptation to threat of flooding. Final draft of genre analysis paper due 10/17.
    Tues 10/15


    Discussion of group Projects on New York/ Global Warming. Go over group contracts so that everyone shares in work load. Instructions for Annotated Bibliographies of sources.
    Peer Review of genre analysis of maps and TED talk paper Choose projects
    Thurs 10/17
    11:30-12:45 Library visit

    Work on projects Begin Annotated Bibliographies due
    Tues 10/22
    Work on Projects in class. Complete projects and Annotated Bibliographies

    11:30-12:45 Presentation of Projects
    Work on short research projects due 10/31
    Write reflection of entire Unit Compile material for entire Unit.
    Thurs 10/31
    11:30-12:45 Present short research projects.
    Peer review and reflection Reflection of unit due 11/05
    Tues 11/05
    Reflection on possibilities and pitfall of CRISPR What is rhetorical analysis? TED talk Jennifer Doudna
    Homework Read article in Science “China’s CRISPR Revolution” by Jon Cohen
    Annotate and analyze context and SOAPSTONE. Write a rhetorical analysis of it.
    Rhetorical observations
    Science article TED talk Assignment. Listen to full Radio Lab on CRISPR segment and write rhetorical analysis of it.
    Tues 11/12


    Discussion of Radio Lab rhetorical context, compared to TED talk and Science

    Discussion of comparative rhetorical analysis assignment in groups
    HW Read “Are We Not Men” by T. Coraghessan Boyle a Science Fiction story based on CRISPR. Annotate and write how it uses what is known about CRISPR to create a fantasy. Assignment of comparative rhetorical analyses of Radiolab, Boyle and Cohen texts. First draft due 11/19.
    Thurs. 11/14
    Science Fiction as genre, rhetorical analysis of story. Assignment of comparative rhetorical analyses of Radiolab, Boyle and Cohen texts. First draft due 11/19.
    Tues. 11/19

    Peer Review and time for revision of assignment. Final Draft of Rhetorical analyses due 11/26

    Thursday 11/21
    Class in choosing a topic for research project to write either a popular Science article or original Science Fiction Story based on Science research.
    Write a proposal for your project.
    First draft of project due
    12/03. Gather research and bring it to class 11/26.
    Tues. 11/26

    Bring in your own research and the magazine or Science Fiction story your research will use. Work on project.
    Thurs. 11/28
    No classes scheduled Happy Thanksgiving
    Tues 12/03

    Talk about projects with each other and write questions to present interviews for class 12/05
    Conferences about projects
    Final Drafts due 12/09
    Watch interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    Thurs 12/05

    Present Interviews Write final Draft of Project
    Tues. 12/10

    Reflection on final Draft Instruction for Final Portfolio and 1000 word Final Course Reflection Assignment Sheet. Fill out TChart
    Thurs. 12/12
    Write rough Draft of Final course Reflection. Be prepared to hand it in at the end of the class Bring in all work from the semester to revise any of it.

    Sharing of Final Reflections with class mates and teacher. What went well? What could be improved? Final Portfolio due electronically 12/19
    Thurs. 12/19
    Hand in final Portfolio electronically

    Syllabus posted

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