Rob Ostrom’s Profile

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Rob Ostrom
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
English

My Courses

ENG1101Co

ENG1101Co

English 1101Co is a writing-intensive course designed to strengthen your composition skills. Writing a variety of essays, in addition to a research paper, will help you develop skills such as building an argument, adopting your writing for different needs and situations, interpreting and responding to a text, incorporating secondary source material effectively, and mastering the mechanics of quoting, citing, and documenting sources. The poems, short stories, essays, and newspaper articles we will read together are focused on New York City and urban issues. We will be reading pieces both for their inherent literary value and also as models of composition that you may employ in your writing assignments. Reflecting on your own experiences alongside these texts will ensure active discussion regarding communities, public space, urban art forms, education, class, race, gender, crime, gentrification, and other topics of debate. The “Co” in English 1101Co stands for corequisite, and means that alongside English 1101 we dedicate time to strengthening reading and writing. We will focus on establishing vocabulary and critical reading skills, scaffolded approaches to writing assignments, correct grammar and punctuation, and positive habits for collegiate success, including note taking and study skills. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite of 46-55 on the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing, and/or 46-54 on the ACCUPLACER Reading Test. Or grade of ‘S’ in 090W without writing proficiency and/or grade of ‘S’ in 090R without reading proficiency.

ENG2003 Introduction to Literature III: POETRY

ENG2003 Introduction to Literature III: POETRY

What is poetry? What is a poem? Why should we read poetry? Why teach it? What is meant when we say something is “poetic”? Is poetry meant to be read aloud? Does poetry do anything? Is it useful? These are some of the questions we will explore in English 2003. This course will provide the foundation for the “close reading” of various types of English and American poems from different time periods. By focusing on the elements of poetry—how the parts work together—students will learn skills and terms used to support an academic argument in literary studies. Students will learn to become attentive to language and be familiar with the reasons for the writer’s particular choice of language. They will learn how the writer uses the techniques and elements of literature and the particular resources of genre to create meaning. They will learn how texts differ from one another and how they speak to each other. Through these and an analysis of basic diction, style, and poetic device, students will be able construct arguments which they will demonstrate in short written responses, essays, and presentations.

Developmental Writing 1

Developmental Writing 1

A beginning course in writing skills focusing on instruction in basic sentence patters (simple, compound, complex), basic grammar and punctuation, spelling, syllabication, and use of the dictionary. The first half of the course emphasizes the writing of paragraphs through which the student develops competence in organization and in supporting a main idea. In the second half of the semester, this course follows the ENG 092W curriculum.

HUS/ENG 1101, Becoming Agents of Change, Fall 2017

HUS/ENG 1101, Becoming Agents of Change, Fall 2017

Becoming Agents of Change: A Human Services 1101 and English 1101 Learning Community: In this Learning Community, we will investigate what it means to be an agent of change. By identifying the one social issue that you are most passionate about, you will explore what about your experiences make you interested in this issue, what your current role is in relation to this problem, and what you can do now and in the future to solve this problem.

HUS/ENG1101VanguardsOfSocialJustice

HUS/ENG1101VanguardsOfSocialJustice

There are many problems that impact the human condition. Inequality, poverty, oppression, and marginalization may seem insurmountable, and while there is still much work to do, history tells us that we have made great strides. In this learning community, we reflect on past, present, and future changemakers. Through the stories of influential figures who have or are working to resolve social problems, we will learn about the development of the human services field and changes that have taken place over time in an attempt to respond to human need. You will also develop your own changemaker autobiography, identifying a social problem you want to learn more about and explore organizations already involved in addressing the issue.

My Projects

ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

This project is for faculty participating in professional development for the ENG 1101-CO course at City Tech.

Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

City Tech’s Source for Academic Affairs Information

FYLC – First Year Learning Communities

FYLC – First Year Learning Communities

Welcome to the First Year Learning Communities Open Lab project page. If you are interested in joining the Reflective Writing Project or just learning more about events, resources and information related to the FYLCs at City Tech please request membership!

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing Across the Curriculum

WAC encourages courses throughout the college to incorporate formal and informal writing into the course practices and requirements. Avatar retrieved from Bridgeline Digital, Creative Commons License

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)

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