Bridge to English 1101 Workshop

New York City College of Technology

First-Year Summer Program 2021


Zoom Course Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (July 6-26, 2021, 9:00-11:30 AM)

Course Site:

Zoom Link: TBA


Professor: Jessica Penner



Welcome to City Tech and the Bridge to English 1101 Workshop. We are living through a 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, 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.

Course Description

This workshop focuses on strengthening reading and writing skills, in order to help you achieve certification in reading and writing and prepare you for English 1101 (Composition 1). Every City Tech (and CUNY) student takes Composition I, which helps prepare students not only for other college courses but also for professional and community writing endeavors. We will focus on building reading comprehension and vocabulary, interpreting and responding to texts, scaffolding writing assignments, understanding clear sentence structure, and developing positive habits for collegiate success. Throughout our time together, your ideas and your voice are most welcome! This is an intensive immersion course that requires a significant daily time investment, attending class and completing work on your own outside of class.

Enrollment Requirements: PI of 50-64; or 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.

Course Tools

  • OpenLab or Blackboard course site
  • Zoom class meetings
  • City Tech email (check daily)
  • Google Drive (for assignment collection)

Grading Breakdown

Unit 1 Reading Annotation, Outline, & Summary                                       25 points           

Unit 2 Summary, Analysis, & Response                                                             25 points

Unit 3 Critical Response Essay                                                                              25 points

Participation (Homework; In-Class Contributions & Work)                25 points

Students who pass this workshop, earning a grade of 70% or higher, will earn reading and writing proficiency and should register for English 1101 (Composition 1) in the fall. Students who do not pass will register for English 1101CO, a course that combines the content of this workshop alongside Composition 1.

Required Tools & Materials

  • Free course readings, linked on the course schedule
  • Hard copy notebook, pen, and computer folder dedicated to this course
  • Dictionary
  • The New York Times (create a free Academic Pass account with your City Tech email)
  • CUNYfirst <CUNYfirst Login>
  • OpenLab or Blackboard (your professor will inform you of your course site)
  • City Tech Student Email <Outlook Sign In>
  • Microsoft Office365 (free) <Office365 Login>
  • Zoom (free account) <Zoom >

 **See the OpenLab Resources page for information about support services at the college.**


Policies and Procedures

Attendance: Your daily attendance of and participation in the 12 Zoom classes is crucial to your success in this workshop. A maximum of one absence is allowed. Plan on contributing regularly to our Zoom chat and/or speaking during our sessions, as participation is key to both understanding the material and creating our class community. Important note: Respect for everyone in our community (not just the professor) is crucial.

Accessibility Statement: City Tech is committed to supporting the educational goals of enrolled students with disabilities in the areas of enrollment, academic advisement, tutoring, assistive technologies, and testing accommodations. If you have or think you may have a disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments as provided under applicable federal, state and city laws. You may also request services for temporary conditions or medical issues under certain circumstances. If you have questions about your eligibility or would like to seek accommodation services or academic adjustments, you can leave a voicemail at 718-260-5143, send an email to, or visit the Center’s website at   for more information.

Academic Integrity: 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 in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.

Support Resources

Peer Mentor:  We will have a wonderful City Tech student with us throughout our time together, addressing a range of helpful topics related to beginning college!

Advisors: The transition to college is challenging for everyone. It is helpful to periodically reflect on how you are doing in your classes, and how your anticipated area of study (major) is progressing, as well as to plan next steps. Academic advisors are able to help you navigate these paths. To reach new student advising, email the STAR Center at If you are a SEEK student, email or your assigned advisor. Finally, you can email First-Year Programs, which can help you find  advisors or other support services, at

Bridge to English 1101 Learning Outcomes



Vocabulary Skills and Development

Build reading/writing vocabulary; Recognize and use context clues as tool to determine meaning; Use dictionary to select appropriate word meanings; Utilize morphemes to understand meanings


Reading Comprehension and Analytical Strategies

Recognize main ideas and supporting details; Distinguish essential from irrelevant details; Paraphrase main ideas; Draw valid inferences; Identify patterns of organization and author’s ‘s purpose and tone in different genres;  Interpret multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats; Annotate and critically analyze texts


Writing Process Development

Understand writing as a process; Summarize and respond to a text; Develop familiarity with essay structure (introduction, body, conclusion); Craft thesis statement; Organize material within body paragraphs; Develop and support ideas in writing through expansion and connections with external sources


Academic Conventions and College Preparedness

Utilize appropriate formatting conventions (paragraphs, headings, spacing); Understand concept of documentation; Use conventions appropriate to audience, genre, and purpose; Learn how to follow a syllabus and adhere to deadlines


Reflection and Metacognition

Use reflection to revise prior assumptions about reading and writing; Develop ability to transfer acquired knowledge


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