Course Schedule

 

Week 1, Aug 27.

Intro.  Reading, Ehrenreich, Barbara.  “Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting by in America,”Chapter 1.  Metropolitan Books.  New York. (Picador) 2011.  And the New York Times Archive. Additional readings to be announced.  Grammar:  sentence structure.  The Simple sentence.  Subject Verb.  –s ending, two functions

Week 2, Sept 3.

No class on Monday; Thursday follows Monday schedule.  Reading, Ehrenreich, Barbara.  “Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting by in America,”Chapter 1.  Metropolitan Books.  New York. (Picador) 2011.  And the New York Times Archive. Form of Essay.  Thesis and Support.  Argument.  Subtopics. Grammar:  sentence structure, continued.  –ed ending, two functions.

Week 3, Sept 10.

No class on Monday.  Reading, Ehrenreich, Barbara.  “Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting by in America,”Chapter 1.  Metropolitan Books.  New York. (Picador) 2011.  And the New York Times Archive.   Grammar: subordinate conjunctions in complex sentences.   Coordinate conjunctions in compound sentences.  Complex compound sentences.

Week 4, Sept 17.

No class on Tues and Wed.  First paper due.   Reading, Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space” Tues follows Thursday schedule

Week 5, Sept 24.

Reading, Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space”.    Rhetorical modes of essay.  Narrative.  Comparison-Contrast.  Cause & Effect.  Personal Example and Observation.  Description.

Week 6, Oct 1.

Reading, Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space”    Grammar.  Preposition. Readings continued.  The modern essay.

Week 7, Oct 8.

No class on Monday.  Library orientation.  The modern essay. Reading, Colson Whitehead, “The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found”

Week 8, Oct 15.

Reading,  Colson Whitehead, “The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found”

Week 9, Oct 22.

Midterm essay in class, counts as Second paper.  Comparison and contrast as tool.  Reading, Diane Ackerman, “The Brain on Love”.  

Week 10, Oct 29.

Reading, Diane Ackerman, “The Brain on Love”.  Midterm progress reports.

Week 11, Nov 5.

Reading, Neil Postman, “Technology as Dazzling Distraction”.  Cause and effect as analytical tool.  (Additional reading to be circulated.)

Week 12, Nov 12

Reading, Neil Postman, “Technology as Dazzling Distraction”.  Third paper due. 

Week 13- Nov 19

Reading, Susan Dominus, “Motherhood, Screened Off”. No class on Thurs and Fri. Research methods and workshop. Review secondary articles, news media on author.  MLA citation.

Week 14, Nov 26

Reading, Susan Dominus, “Motherhood, Screened Off”. Research workshop continued and review.

Week 15,  Dec 3 .

Research paper due.

Week 16, Dec 10.

Review of grammar and composition methods.

Week 17, Dec 17.

Finals