Schedule: Class topics, readings, homework assignments, and project due dates are subject to change. This online schedule will be the most up-to-date version.

Download the syllabus and schedule you received at the start of the semester.


Date Schedule of Classes: Homework
1- M 8/31 Introduction to Ways of Seeing: Adventures with Image and Text

  • Lab: Introductions
  • Class: Course Introduction; walk
Register for the OpenLab and join our course.Introduce yourself on our site by adding a comment to the homework post according to the guidelines posted there. Respond to 3 classmates’ introductions.
2- W 9/2:
  • Class: Introduction to Blogging and the Glossary

Project #1 assigned

Homework instructions in Project #1: DiscoverRead excerpt from “The Tool” in Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and add a comment in response to the post on our site.Add your location from Monday’s walk to our shared map, and include a photo and brief description of the location.
M 9/7: College closed (Labor Day)
3- W 9/9: Project #1 outline and brainstorm due

  • Class: Reading an image
Read selections of Chapter 1 from Ways of Seeing by John Berger, annotating or marking up your copy of the text. Please read from page 7 (the first page of the chapter) to page 11 (stop just before the last paragraph) and from the middle of page 16 through the end of the chapter, or the best you can.
4- Th 9/10 (Monday schedule): Draft of Project #1 due on the OpenLab and in class (use Category ENG 1101 Project #1 and tag Phase 3: Develop, plus any other tags you want to use.

  • Lab: Writing workshop and peer review for Project #1
  • Class: Annotating a text and Notetaking
Read “Univers Strikes Back” by Ellen and Julie Lupton, annotating your text and taking notes.
M 9/14 No classes (Rosh Hashanah)
5- W 9/16: Revise Project #1.Post process account according to Blog instructions.
6- M 9/21: Project #1 due

  • Lab: Project #1 reflections
  • Class: Writing summaries

Handout: Writing a Summary

Project #2 assigned

Read “City Limits” by Colson Whitehead.Write a post summarizing “City Limits”; offer feedback on your classmates’ summaries via comments.Begin work on Project #2
W 9/23:  No classes scheduled
7- M 9/28: Choose a location for Project #2. Write your process for walking there so someone else can get there, too. This should be more detailed than Google Maps directions would be. Include descriptions of landmarks to help someone travel the same path you did, noticing the same things you did. If you chose to do any research prior to your walk, write about it here. Add your location to our shared map.
8- W 9/30:
  • Class: Continue reviewing summary and annotation.Project #2 brainstorm peer review.
Brainstorm due in class. For homework: Write a post in which you describe your location, including all sensory experiences you had at the location. Identify the juxtaposition, and explain the elements of the overlap. Include a photograph of the location, and explain how your photograph frames the location. How does it capture your juxtaposition—or how can’t it capture it?

Read Jennifer Egan, “Reading Lucy.

9- M 10/5: 
  • Lab:

Draft of Project #2 due electronically and on paper by the start of class. In-class peer review.

  • Class: Ursula Schwerin Library visit, A540: meet outside the library in the Atrium building.
For homework, write a post in which you explain why have you chosen this subject in particular—what about it is striking to you? What story does it tell you? Consider what you want to know more about as a next step (although conducting this research is not a required part of this project!) Find 3-4 passages from Colson Whitehead’s writing or other readings that address the idea of different New Yorks and explain each supports or contradicts you’re your observed overlap. Incorporate two of these quotations into your project either to support what you write or to engage their ideas in contrast with your subject and your interpretation of it.

Read Charles McGrath, “A Literary Visitor Strolls in From the Airport.” Bring your annotated copy to class

10- W 10/7:
  • Class: Discussion of library session; research follow-up.
Continue working on Project #2
M 10/12: School Closed—no classes
11-W 10/14:
  • Class: Thesis statements and organization
Continue working on Project #2

Post updated draft.

12-M 10/19: 
  • Lab: Reviewing “Reading Lucy”
  • Class: Incorporating quotations
Finish Project #2 (phase 4)
13-W 10/21: Project #2 due

  •  Class: Project #3 assigned; Project #2 reflections
  • Field trip: BRIC, Local walk #2
 write process post for Project #2 (phase 3)
14-M 10/26:
  • Lab: In-class drafting for Project #3.
  • Class: Brainstorm for Project #3: Reconsider design aesthetics in light of field trip, class readings.
Read “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?” by Lex Berko. Mark up the text with your reactions in our shared document.

Bring your Humument project to class, or sample pages to draft.

15-W 10/28: Class: Writing workshop on Humument projects connected to Project #2.

Discuss field trip and previous readings in light of Berko’s article; Begin work on annotated bibliography.

Read “The Happiest and Saddest Places in New York City, According to Twitter” by Ben Merchant.

Pin on our shared map 5 locations you would like to consider for Project #3. Write a post explaining your pin choices.

Research possible locations to include in your route. Use first-hand investigation and with Internet and library information to select five possible locations, and pin these on our shared map. Share with your teammates (via a blog post) information about the five locations you have contributed to the map.

16-M 11/2: 
  • Lab: writing workshop
  • Class: Brainstorming about your happiest and saddest places in New York. Discuss geolocation, happiness, and Twitter.
Figure out a route that maximizes one approach to what you think is important for users to experience, whether that involves beauty, quiet, happiness, nature, history, etc (focus on one). Consider the different parameters that will make that experience preferable. Write descriptive instructions for someone taking that walk, making sure to emphasize the aspects of the walk that you want the app user to notice. Be sure to include how much longer this walk is than the direct route, if at all. Include images (photographs, sketches) to entice app users to take your walk. This post should be approximately 300-450 words.
17-W 11/4: Class: Project #3 drafts due for peer review the pitch: Now that you’ve decided on the route, write a persuasive argument for beta testers of the app to convince them that they would want to take your proposed walk, and what the reward or rewards will be for that extra investment of time and effort. This should be approximately 750-900 words.

Prepare for group meeting

18-M 11/9:
  • Lab: group meetingAt the group meeting, everyone on the team will give a short presentation to hear what other ideas are circulating in the group, and to offer feedback about ways to improve the pitch or the route itself. The presentation should be approximately 1.5-2 minutes.
  • Class: continuation of presentations and peer review.
Make further revisions to Project #3 pitch in preparation for (delayed) peer review on Wednesday.
19-W 11/11:
  • Class: Project #3 Peer review; begin annotated bibliography
Work on completing your contributions to our Annotated Bibliography.
20-M 11/16: 
  • Lab: Incorporating sources
  • Class: final peer review for Project #3
Finalize your revised pitch; write your self evaluation
21-W 11/18: 
  • Class: Project #3 and self evaluation due

Read selections on Tom Phillips’s A Humument; plan for Project #3 in your Humument

Project #4 announced

Work on Project #4 according to assignment schedule.
22-M 11/23:
  • Lab: Writing workshop
  • Class: continuation of writing workshop; finalize poster
  • Project #4-Note due
Work on Project #4 according to assignment schedule.
23-W 11/25:  

  • Class: Discuss other word-art depictions.

This is the deadline for poster printing! Be sure the poster is printed by today!

Continue working on Project #4
24-M 11/30:


Continue working on Project #4: Didactic Panel Drafts due: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
25-W 12/2: Project #4 didactic panels draft due for peer review

Class: Image and text: Post a one-paragraph summary of  “A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences” by Juanna Summers.

Poster session

Continue working on Project #4:Exhibit Catalogue Entry Draft Due: Monday, December 7, 2015

Read “The Boston Photographs” by Nora Ephron (download), and then examine the related photographs. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

26-M 12/7: Project #4 drafts due

  • Lab: Peer review for Project #4 drafts
  • Class: Begin discussion based on “The Boston Photographs” and Jet magazine photographs of Emmett Till.
Review Emmett Till photographs from Jet.Write a post considering the ethics of photographs in the media, bringing in any related examples.
27-W 12/9: Class: Discussion of images and ethics TBD
28-M 12/14:
  • Lab:Project #4 dueFinal versions due: Monday, December 14, 2015. Reflective writing.
  • Class: Writing a timed essay; review for Final Exam (without discussing the reading)
Study for the final exam. Ask questions and share advice for the final exam via the OpenLab.
29-W 12/16: Class: Final Exam Prepare for final review and critique.
30-M 12/21:
  • Lab: ENG 1101 survey and feedback
  • Class: Final Reviews and Critiques
Spring classes begin January 29, 2016. Enjoy the break!


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