Professor: Carrie Hall
Course Site: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/hall2021spring/
Weekly Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:15. Use class zoom link!
Zoom Links: Meeting ID: 860 8330 9591. I’ve sent you the passcode. If you need me to send it to you again, please email me!
Welcome to City Tech and English 1121. We are living through a very difficult time in our city, country, and world, and trying to adapt. In our class, we will prioritize intellectual nourishment, community, and humanity. If you have any concerns about the course or college, or if there is any situation preventing you from participating, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Know that I am here to work with you.
An advanced course in expository essay writing that requires a library paper. Further development of research and documentation skills. Assigned literary and expository readings.
There isn’t a handbook for the situation we are in right now as a state and a nation, and the resultant uncertainty can be stressful. We need to recognize the toll this situation might be taking on us and be compassionate with ourselves and with others. This semester, our priority will be to foster intellectual nourishment, social connection, and personal accommodation. And we will remain flexible, and if we have to, we will adjust to the situation (adapted from Prof. Brandon Bayne’s syllabus, UNC)
CUNY proficiency in reading and writing
This course will meet twice a week online for an hour and fifteen minutes on Zoom. I have emailed you the Zoom info (and it can also be found on Blackboard). This meeting is REQUIRED
You will have homework due by noon each Tuesday and Thursday. Homework is due by 8 am before class unless otherwise notes–in other words, the homework I post on Tuesday is due by 8 am Thursday, and the homework I post on Thursday is due by 8 am the following Thursday. This is because we meet at 10 AM and I need time to look at the work to prepare for our meeting. All homework is in preparation for class– it’s not busywork, so it should be done before class time. If you do it two weeks later, it usually won’t help you very much!
I will post the homework right after class. Many times, I will ask you to respond to each other’s writing. We will work on developing community both in our Zooms, and in our online written community– by writing. This work is also required!
This course will take place online. Our homework and messages from me will be on this website, and twice weekly in our class will meet on Zoom. It is extremely important that you familiarize yourself with our website and find out where everything is. This is where you will find your assignments and post your homework as well as finished units. This is how we’ll keep in touch, so please check in on the website daily! You are responsible for being up-to-date and knowing what is on our course site. You are also responsible for checking your CityTech email daily. Please contact me if you are having trouble!
Course Tools and Required Materials
- All course texts will be on this site or on Perusall, an outside website (free!) you’ll need to sign up for. Info is on the syllabus.
- Later in the semester, it is likely we’ll start using Google Docs!
- Unit 1 20%
- Unit 2 20%
- Unit 3 20%
- Final Reflection 10%
- Participation (OpenLab posts) 30%
You’ll see that your participation and homework count for 30% of your grade in this class. What does this mean? How is this calculated? Why is this such a high percentage?
Let’s look at that last question first: in this class, you’re graded almost as much on your weekly low-stakes assignments as you are on your high-stakes essay assignments. This is because in this class, you’re not learning how to write one particular paper, or how to do one particular thing, you are learning about the process of writing (and reading—and researching) and all of those things are the behind-the-scenes work, the homework.
How will participation/ homework be graded?
More or less, if you do it, you’ll get the credit. You have to do it thoroughly and thoughtfully, and you have to do it in a timely manner. (If you’re having trouble with getting things done on time, please let me know.) Writing is largely about discipline and routine, so this is a good way to learn that– and to earn 30% of the credit for this course.
Major essays are due before class begins on the due date. If you are having difficulty completing a major assignment please talk to me before it is due.
One thing you may not know is that, in face-to-face classes, we take attendance for your sake as much as for our own. If someone isn’t coming to class, we worry they won’t succeed in a writing class– and that’s because, as I said above, writing is more about work and learning your own process than it is about magical talent. Even in an online class, you have to show up. Remember to just check in every day (or almost every day) to see what you need to catch up with. And, by the way, we do take attendance in online courses– we do it by checking you’ve done the daily assignments.
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English 1121 Learning Outcomes
It is expected that at a minimum, students in ENG 1101 will:
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.
Adapt to 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, workplace, and civic audiences. When appropriate, repurpose prior work to new genres, audiences, and media by adjusting delivery, design, tone, organization, and language.
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. Persuasively communicate and repurpose research projects across a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and media. Demonstrate research skills through attribution and citation gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing both primary and secondary sources. Learn how to use appropriate citation styles depending on disciplinary and situational requirements (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
Use reflection and other metacognitive processes to revise prior assumptions about reading and writing and transfer acquired knowledge into new writing situations. Students write reflections of their own reading and writing process from the beginning and throughout the semester with the intention to transfer their acquired knowledge about genre and composing practices into new writing situations.
Demonstrate the social and ethical responsibilities and consequences of writing: Recognize that first-year writing includes academic, workplace, and civic contexts, all of which require careful deliberation concerning the ethical and social ramifications concerning fairness, inclusivity, and respect for diversity. Write and revise for academic and broader, public audiences accordingly.
Compose in 21st– Century Environments: Learn to choose among the most current and effective delivery methods for different composing situations. Students learn to compose in new media environments, including alphabetic texts, still and moving images, sonic, and mixed media compositions. Use digital media platforms appropriate to audience and purpose.
- Unit One: February 25
- Unit Two: April 6
- Unit Three: May 4
- Final Portfolio (Including revisions and reflections): May 20
You can find a rough outline of the course schedule HERE, although you will find detailed descriptions of the assignments after each class session as the homework arises.