ENG 1101 Composition 1, Fall 2023

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Class Information for Thursday, Sept 21


1–Review of freewrites and discussion

2–Discussion of Malcolm X’s essay (MLA citation)

  • Author and/or editor names (if available); last names first.
  • “Article name in quotation marks.”
  • Title of the website, project, or book in italics.
  • Any version numbers available, including editions (ed.), revisions, posting dates, volumes (vol.), or issue numbers (no.).
  • Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
  • Take note of any page numbers (p. or pp.) or paragraph numbers (par. or pars.).
  • DOI (if available, precede it with “https://doi.org/”), otherwise a URL (without the https://) or permalink.

Lundman, Susan. “How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow, www.ehow.com/how_10727_make-vegetarian-

chili.html. Accessed 6 July 2015.



Homework due Tuesday, Sept 26:

1–Read Helen Keller’s “The Most Important Day”

2–Write a four-sentence academic summary of Keller’s essay and post it as Coffeehouse #2 (Select Coffeehouse #2 as the category). Make sure to proofread your summary and run it through a spell/grammar checker.

3–Consider spending 15 minutes freewriting on numbers 3-5 (see Unit 1 essay instructions first paragraph)

Class Information for Tuesday, September 19


On 9/20, my office hours will be from 3-4:30.

Sorry for the late notice.




2–Return and discuss Quiz 1

3–Sentences (review)

4–Readings discussion (Santiago and Gardner) and OpenLab post discussion

5–Review instructions for Unit 1 Essay: My Intellectual Home


Homework due Thursday, September 21 before class:

Read Malcolm X’s essay: “Learning to Read” (in Readings menu tab), and then write down two things that surprised you in this essay. We will share our surprises in class, so please be ready to speak.



Class Information for Thursday, Sept 14


Here’s Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain.”



Hi Class,


Sorry about the glitch with OpenLab on Tuesday. It seems fine now.


Here’s a recap of an important concept:


Intellectual Home: The places, people, and processes that help you do your best academic work. 


Homework Due Thursday, Sept 14: Read Bilal Rhamani and prepare for Quiz 1. The quiz will cover the following:

**Select vocabulary from Scibona’s essay

**Define Intellectual Home

**What is the main point in Bilal Rahmani’s essay?



  1. Freewrite on Intellectual Home
  2. Quiz 1
  3. Discuss Rahmani’s essay
  4. How to post to OpenLab

HOMEWORK: due before class on Tuesday, Sept. 19:

1–Read Howard Gardner’s “Five Minds for the Future”

2–Read Esmeralda Santiago’s “When I Was Puerto Rican”

3–Write a 200-word post that answers this question: which of the two homework readings do you like best and why? Post to OpenLab by selecting the Category “Coffeehouse #1.” Please edit and proofread your work before posting.



Class Information for Tuesday, Sept. 12

Hi Class,

Today’s Agenda:


1–Freewrite on the email writing experience

2–Attendance and OpenLab check

3–Discuss Portwood-Stacer’s tone and use of sentences

4–Sentence Types: Simple and Complex

5–Academic Summary Blueprint

5–Read and Discuss Isaac Asimov’s short essay


HOMEWORK due before class on Tuesday, Sept. 12: Read Salvatore Scibona’s essay “Where I learned to Read” (in Readings menu tab), and write a four sentence academic summary. You may write the summary in your notes or you may type it. I will ask each student to read their summary in class.

Class Information for Tuesday, Sept. 5

Hi Class,

Today’s Agenda:

*Note: Office hours: Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. (Zoom link coming soon to the right sidebar)

1–Freewrite on bell hooks’s paragraph

2–Attendance and OpenLab check

4–Sherman Alexie essay questions and discussion

3–Five-Part Reading Tool (Readings menu tab)

5–Paragraph types


HOMEWORK due before class on Thursday, Sept. 7: Read Portwood-Stacer’s essay “How to Email Your Professor (without being annoying AF)” (in Readings menu tab), and send me a formal academic email before class on Thursday. This means that your email must:

1–use your City Tech email address (my email address is on the right sidebar)

2–include a detailed subject line

3–include a greeting

4–include a body paragraph: Who was instrumental in teaching you to read? About fifty words is fine.

5–include a signature


Thesis sentences using “while” or “whereas”



Class Information for Thursday, August 31

Hi Class,

Today we will continue to get acquainted with the course policy and move into more writing and reading.

1–OpenLab issues/successes

2–Finish Course Policy

3–Freewrite prompts:

• What makes good writing? Or, who is your favorite writer and why?

• What makes bad writing?

• Discuss

4–Diagnostic writing

5–Discuss the bell hooks quote


Homework, due September 5 (before class):

Read “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexi. Find this essay in the Readings menu tab. In your notebook, write down three questions that you have about this personal essay. In addition, what is your favorite paragraph of the essay and why? There is nothing to turn in, but I will call on each student on Tuesday.


If you have any questions, please email me.

-Prof. Scanlan

Welcome Students to ENG1101 Section D275

Hello Students!

This site will grow and develop during the semester, just like you will grow and develop as critical readers and writers.

Please take a minute to get to know our OpenLab site. We will refer to it every week.


If you have any questions, please let me know via email:


Best wishes,

Prof. Scanlan



  1. OpenLab Tour, especially the Course Policy
  2. How to take notes
  3. Introductions


-Educational history


-Career goals


  1. How to Sign up for OpenLab and join my class


1–Sign up for OpenLab and join my class.

2–Fill out the form below (make sure to be logged into OpenLab before filling out and submitting the form).

3–In your notebooks, freewrite for five minutes on this question: what is good writing? Or, what does good writing look like, or do?



If time, reflect on this quote by bell hooks:


To be changed by ideas was pure pleasure. But to learn ideas that ran counter to values and beliefs learned at home was to place oneself at risk, to enter the danger zone. Home was the place where I was forced to conform to someone else’s image of who and what I should be. School was the place where I could forget that self and, through ideas, reinvent myself. (bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress, 1994, 3)



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