Class Notes 11/5

Library session: What stands out from the library session on 10/31?

  • know the source
  • know how reliable the source can be
  • biased vs unbiased
  • sometimes we don’t get the information directly from the source
  • +sometimes information comes to us instead of us going to get it–we need to question it.
  • academic source–what is it, do we want to use it, why?
    • research article, from a research journal
    • usually written by professors, graduate students, other academic workers,  researchers at related or  non-academic institutions
  • questions about research as you’re doing Project #4 or any other work?
  • does the author get paid? does it matter?

Project #3 drafts:

  1. In one or two sentences, what is your Project #3 about?
  2. What claim or argument do you make? this is the So What of your project.
  3. what is the juxtaposition? what are the two elements you’re comparing?
  4. are you doing all the things that the Project #3 assignment asks for?
  5. when someone reads your draft or listens to you talk about your project, what do you want them to tell you?
    • what is the claim or argument (high order)
    • what stands out or is significant about the juxtaposition
    • does the claim or argument make sense (high order)
    • comparison details: enough, too  much, not enough?
    • make sure you quote 2 passages and incorporate them into your argument about your juxtaposition
    • questions that they want to know more about
    • grammar (low order)
    • sentence structure
    • vocabulary

Class Notes 10/29

What juxtapositions can we find in Saul Steinberg’s “View of the World from 9th Avenue” or “View of the World from 9th Avenue”?

we see City/Not City

In the City, we see cars, people (but fewer than we might expect), buildings, water towers, windows of different shapes, parking lot, awning, signs, mailbox, highway. No trees or nature.

In the Not City: multiple countries (Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, Russia) with no detail; Jersey has its own color and border; states and cities are jumbled up and wrong details if any details–not accurate

In this piece, Steinberg argues that …

… what’s outside of NY doesn’t matter to him

… no other place could compare to NY

… what’s inside NY is more important than what’s outside

… he can juxtapose the difference in the details and importance.

By juxtaposing the details and importance between New York and the rest of the world, Steinberg argues that no other place can compare to NY, and that NY’s details matter more than anything outside of NY.

As we read and discuss Janny Scott’s “Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt,” work with your classmates to answer these questions:

What kinds of juxtapositions does Scott write about?

  • building style/use
  • economic diversity: people at either extreme of the wealth/poverty spectrum
  • fascination with difference vs resentment and guilt

What kinds of data does Scott use in her article?

  • top 5th and bottom 5th of the income bracket in a given area
  • top 30 tracts with the biggest income disparity
  • census data
  • immigration data, neighborhood demographics both historical and current

Who are the experts Scott refers to, and how does she let us know their qualifications?

  • Academics
    • Andrew A. Beveridge, sociology prof at Queens College, CUNY
    • William Kornblum, sociology prof at the Graduate Center, CUNY
    • David J. Halle, (prof) sociologist at University of California at Los Angeles but living in NYC
    • Annelise Orleck (see below) (prof)  historian at Dartmouth
  • Residents (former or present) of the neighborhoods
    • Chastity Davis
    • Pablo Aviles
    • Annelise Orleck
    • Mary-Powel Thomas

What is Scott’s argument in the article?

What passages might you quote in Project #3?

What would you use those passages to argue?


As we think about Project #3 and our juxtapositions, what is your juxtaposition? what is the SO WHAT? What does it matter that you’re looking at this juxtaposition? Why does this juxtaposition matter?

Class on 10/29; Project #3 updates

In class on 10/24, we discussed a revised schedule for Project #3.

This means that if you haven’t already completed the home work due on 10/24, please post it by the start of class on 10/29. Here are the instructions: Find 3-4 passages from the relevant readings that you can use as support or counterpoint for your project and explain how each supports or contradicts you’re your observed overlap. You will incorporate two of these quotations into your project to either to support what you write or to engage their ideas in contrast with your subject and your interpretation of it.

Please also post and bring to class a draft of Project #3, however far you’ve gotten with it. We will workshop the drafts in class and discuss incorporating the passages you discovered for homework as support or counterpoints for your discussion of the juxtaposition you’re writing about.

We also delayed our discussion of Janny Scott’s “Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt”–so please read it and be ready to discuss in class on 10/29.

Questions or concerns? Ask them in reply to this post, or in my office hours, or at the start of class.

Reminder: Homework posts due 10/22

Last week for homework you contemplated whether you wanted to research before your Project #3 walk or allow your exploration to be more spontaneous.

For Tuesday (10/22):

  • Choose the location of your overlap.
  • Pinpoint your location on a map (let’s try using this map)
  • In a post on our OpenLab Ways of Seeing site (Category=ENG1101 Project #3, Tag=discover, juxtposition, and anything else you want), include your photograph, and write your process for walking there so someone else can get there, too. This should be more detailed than Google Maps directions would be by including descriptions of landmarks to help someone travel the same path you did, noticing the same things you did. This is one example of what is called process writing.
  • Another important type of writing for students in your major is descriptive writing. Describe your location, including all sensory experiences you had at the location.
  • Identify the juxtaposition, and explain the elements of the overlap. Explain how your photograph frames the location. How does it capture your juxtaposition—or how can’t it capture it?
  • If you chose to do any research prior to your walk or following your walk, write about it here.

“Reading Lucy”

Focused freewrite: Think about a time when you became engrossed in or even obsessed with something you were learning, studying, or experiencing. What did you do to feed and develop that interest, and what was the result?

“Reading Lucy” by Jennifer Egan

  • How is Egan’s research experience an example of what we just wrote about?
  • How is “Reading Lucy” a research essay? how is it different than what we would expect from a research essay?
  • What kind of research is included, and how do we experience it?
  • What does Egan learn about Lucy that makes her feel like they are friends?
  • Where do we see overlaps and juxtapositions?
  • What words do we need defined? What questions do we have?
  • Additional materials: letters, photo

Read and make notes in the margins to help you think about these questions.

Project #3

  • What overlaps or juxtapositions can we find in “Reading Lucy”?
  • What research can we do to prepare for the Project #3 walk?

Field Trip

Homework due 10/17

In class on Tuesday, we began discussing Project #3: Ways of Seeing Juxtapositions. Before you embark on your walk in the City Tech vicinity, I ask you to decide if you want to do research first or just set out and explore. In a comment on this post, please write which approach you’re taking (research before exploring or not). Whether you choose to do research first or not, consider what research you could do if you wanted to have a plan, what questions you might ask, and what resources you might consult to find the answers.

It might seem like doing research first is more work–that’s possible. But doing research first might allow you to find a juxtaposition that you’re really interested in. Writing about something you’re interested in will certainly make for a better writing experience than something you don’t care about at all, so the research could be time well spent.

Still, there is something exciting about setting out on an adventure with no sense of what will happen or where you will go. Research could follow based on what you see and what you want to pursue further.

Class Notes 10/10

  1. Cover letters for Project #2
  2. 2 readings for Project #3
  3. Focused Freewrite: Think about a time when you noticed something changed in your neighborhood or a neighborhood you spend time in. What did you see? what was your initial reaction? what do you think about it now?
    • building renovation
    • nationalities in the neighborhood
    • stores–openings, closings, etc
    • construction projects–public space
    • changes in public transit
    • seasonally/holidays
    • paper in the windows
    • construction workers, materials
    • moving in and out
    • hear new languages, music, smells
    • anger for being displaced, change in routine
    • emphasizes priorities that we might not like
    • convenience
  4. For homework, continue reading the two pieces we started today. Mark them up: vocabulary, what you agree with, what you want to question or challenge, what makes sense or what you need to understand better, what stands out, what you want to try, what you already do, etc.

At last, ENG 1101 Project #2 final draft, delivered

We’ve made it through Project #2!

Before you submit your work, please review the Project #2 assignment. To submit your work, your Project #2 following these guidelines:

  • create a new post (rather than revising an older one)
  • Give your project a title. It can start with “Project #2” but then should have some title that’s specific to your work.
  • Include the introduction with your thesis statement as well as the 5 questions and answers. One of your questions must be some version of “What is your avatar? How does it represent you”–but it doesn’t need to be the first question. It might be easier to include it later, after you’ve said more about yourself.
  • make sure that the introduction and each answer average 150-200 words, making the project overall 750-1200 words.
  • you don’t need any special heading for your project because it’s already in the title and the metadata for the post.
  • Many of you ended up centering your drafts, rather than left-aligning. Please left-align.
  • Use the category ENG1101 Project #2 and the tag Deliver in addition to any other tags you want to add.
  • Be sure to post your work by the start of class, 11:30am, on Th 10/10.
  • We will write cover letters in class.