Jessica Penner’s Profile

Faculty
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Jessica Penner
Title
Adjunct Lecturer
Department
English
Academic interests

English Literature, Theater, Creative Writing, ESL

Bio

Professor Jessica Penner earned a BA in English Literature and Theater from Eastern Mennonite University, an MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and a certificate in TESOL at the School of International Training. She has taught at Long Island Business Institute, James Madison University, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and 32BJ SEIU. Her creative work appears in Wordgathering, Bellevue Literary Review, Luna Luna, Necessary Fiction, The Fiddleback, Rhubarb, and the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies. She was nominated by BLR for a Pushcart Prize. Her first novel, Shaken in the Water (Foxhead Books/Workplay Publishing), was named an Editors’ Choice by the Historical Novel Society. She lives in the Bronx.

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Skype
jessica.penner78

My Courses

ENG925R FYSP Reading Express, Summer 2020

ENG925R FYSP Reading Express, Summer 2020

This course is designed to help you improve your reading comprehension so that you can become a successful college student and citizen. We will focus on developing vocabulary, determining main ideas, finding authors’ supporting ideas and details, and making inferences based on context clues. In order to accomplish the goal of developing your reading comprehension, we will read regularly, we will read a lot, we will read carefully, and we will read critically. We will work on creating effective study habits and methods in order to help you focus on achieving your academic and professional goals. All this reading might sound like heavy lifting—and it should. Reading when unpracticed is difficult. But just like heavy lifting, reading can be made easier with practice—practice not only in reading, but also in writing, discussion and thinking. Reading, writing, discussion, and thinking are precisely what we’re here to do in FYSP Developmental Reading in preparation for the CUNY Reading Proficiency Exam. Not only will the coursework prepare you for the exam, but it will also strengthen your reading, writing, discussion, and thinking skills for the semesters ahead at City Tech, and for life beyond City Tech.

ENG1141 Creative Writing, SP2020

ENG1141 Creative Writing, SP2020

All writing is creative, including the writing you do for school, internet posts to social media, and text/email messages. Where there was a blank page–virtual or otherwise–and you fill it with your words, you have, in fact, drawn on your intellectual resources to create patterns of meaning with those words. “Creative writing,” however, generally refers to poetry, fiction, drama, and some forms of non-fiction–memoirs and narratives that use the techniques of story-telling. We will focus on understanding how form and meaning work together and on understanding the types and complexities of each genre–notably, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and cross-genres–so each student can begin to develop their unique, individual voice.

ENG1121 English Composition 2, SP2020 TuTh

ENG1121 English Composition 2, SP2020 TuTh

This course builds on its prerequisite, ENG 1101. Together, we will explore and write within new genres, conduct research, and reflect on our writing practices. The big goal is that after you finish this sequence, you’ll be able to analyze and participate in genres inside and outside of higher ed. We’re aiming to build skills that will be useful in future coursework, the workplace, and in your personal lives. In other words, this course isn’t self-contained—we’re aiming to give you a toolbox of skills that you can apply across situations.

ENG1121 English Composition 2, SP2020 MW

ENG1121 English Composition 2, SP2020 MW

This course builds on its prerequisite, ENG 1101. Together, we will explore and write within new genres, conduct research, and reflect on our writing practices. The big goal is that after you finish this sequence, you’ll be able to analyze and participate in genres inside and outside of higher ed. We’re aiming to build skills that will be useful in future coursework, the workplace, and in your personal lives. In other words, this course isn’t self-contained—we’re aiming to give you a toolbox of skills that you can apply across situations.

ENG1101 English Composition 1, FA2019 MW

ENG1101 English Composition 1, FA2019 MW

This is a course in effective essay writing and basic research techniques and an introduction to library research methods. Readings from distributed handouts and the textbook, The Place Where We Dwell, are assigned for classroom discussion and as models for essay writing.

My Projects

First-Year Writing Professional Development

First-Year Writing Professional Development

This project is for faculty participating in professional development for the First-Year Writing program at City Tech.

Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

City Tech’s Source for Academic Affairs Information

The Open Road

The Open Road

The Open Road is our place to highlight all that’s possible on the OpenLab. Join now to keep up on OpenLab news, events, and updates. Check our weekly In the Spotlight posts for a glimpse into the incredible work being done by City Tech students, faculty, and staff. Follow OpenLab News for announcements and site updates. And see our OpenLab Calendar for office hours, events, and workshops. You can find our workshop schedule and signup for workshops here as well. The Open Road is also a place for the OpenLab community (meaning you!). We would love your feedback, insight, and comments. Please send along anything on the OpenLab that you love! We are always available for any questions you might have. Email us anytime at openlab@citytech.cuny.edu!

Literary Arts Festival

Literary Arts Festival

Each year, the English Department at New York City College of Technology organizes the Literary Arts Festival. This event highlights the work of students, staff, and faculty, as well as accomplished writers outside of the City Tech community. There is also a writing competition that awards prizes to students in a variety of writing categories, as well as to faculty and staff in their own category.

Developmental Writing Resource Archive

Developmental Writing Resource Archive

This is an electronic archive of course readings, CATW articles, and other Developmental Writing resources. Click on “Project Site” to view the full archive (on the right)

My Clubs

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