Weekly Schedule


UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2012. Note updates are crossed out or in blue.



ENG 1101, Section 5359-LC (11:30-12:45 T, R Namm 606)

Course Title: Reading and Writing about New York City

Professor Sean Scanlan (NYCCT)


Please bring this schedule to each class as assignments and due dates may change.


Week 1: Introduction and Education

Aug 28, t     Discussion of course, syllabus, and texts; Introductions HW: Read: Isaac Asimov essay

Aug 30, r     Discuss Asimov essay. Computer Orientation–OpenLab; and in-class writing based on W. Perdomo; HW: read Salvatore Scibona and DeWitt Clinton essays and complete the Scavenger Hunt Handout.


Week 2: Education and Reading

Sept 4, t     Due: Scavenger Hunt Handout. Freewrite; Education Essay 1 explained-Rhetorical Success. Discuss readings; HW: prepare for quiz–read Gardner and Wallis/Steptoe essays.

Sept 6, r     Due: Quiz 1 over readings. Freewrite. Discuss elements and essay format. Read essays by Esmeralda Santiago, Bilal Rahmani, Colin Powell, and Alfred Lubrano (Dwell), and write a draft of Essay 1 for Monday’s peer review.


Week 3: Education and Writing a College Essay

Sept 11, t     Due: Quiz 1–in class, over readings.  Freewrite. Discuss revision and editing (quotations). HW: work on revising and editing Essay 1.

Sept 13, r     Due: Draft of Essay 1—peer review workshop. Freewrite. HW: Read Colson Whitehead and E.B. White (Dwell)


Week 4: Comparing Views of New York

Sept 18, t      NO CLASS

Sept 20, r      Due: Final Draft of Essay 1. Discuss Whitehead and White; ways of seeing and writing. HW: read Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and Ian Frazier; write Journal #2 on subways experiences and writing strategies


Week 5: Comparing Views of NYC Plus Sentences and Paragraphs

Sept 25, t      NO CLASS

Sept 27, r     Due: Journal 2. Discuss Essay 2: Comparing Views of NYC; Discuss readings. HW; Discuss readings; HW: read Katie Roiphe

Roiphe, Anna Quindlen, and Nelson George in Dwell, and write a draft of Essay 2 for peer review


Week 6: Comparing Views of NYC

Oct 2, t       Due: Draft of Essay 2 for peer review; discuss readings; revision techniques and quotations.

Oct 4, r       Due: Final Draft of Essay 2. Freewrite. Discuss ways of seeing and reading the city; HW: read José Parlá in Dwell.

Week 7: Writing a Descriptive Essay

Oct 9, t        FIELD TRIP TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK.  Discuss visual art and the city. Readings TBA.

Oct 11, r     Freewrite; Discuss photography and viewing the city: read Abbott, Hine, and Nooney


Week 8: Writing a Descriptive Essay

Oct 16, t     Freewrite; HW: readings Koolhaas and Reynolds, write Essay 3

Oct 18, r     Due: Draft of Essay 3 for Peer Review, prepare for Midterm Exam



Week 9: Revision and Techniques of Good Writing

Oct 23, t      In Class: Midterm Exam

Oct 25, r      Due: Final Draft of Essay 3. Begin Essay 4: Radical revision; HW: tba



Week 10: Revision Techniques


Oct 30, t      Possible Library Research Session; Discuss revisions; HW: tba

Nov 1, r       Possible Library Research Session; Discuss revisions: HW: tba


Week 11: Revision Techniques

Nov 6, t        Discussion: what is good writing? And how to revise; HW: tba

Nov 8, r      Discuss Essay 4 and revising; HW: revise and edit Essay 4


Week 12: Beginning the Research Essay

Nov 13, t     Due: Draft of Essay 4 for Peer Review;

Nov 15, r     Due: Final Draft of Essay 4. Introduce Research topic for Essay 5; HW: write Journal 4.


Week 13: Writing about NYC: The Research Paper

Nov 20, t     Due: Journal 4. Freewrite; Citations and Works Cited page discussion; HW: assign Journal 4; read Shorto, Whitman, Poole, and Mark Naison in Dwell.



Week 14: Writing about NYC: The Research Paper

Nov 27, t     Discuss Portfolios. HW: prep for Quiz 2—over readings and citations.

Nov 29, r     Due: Quiz 2. Discuss research methods: HW: read Lopate, Egan, and Deak in Dwell.

Week 15: Writing about NYC: The Research Paper

Dec 4, t      Due: Portfolios

Dec 6, r      Due: Draft of Essay 5 for Peer Review.



Week 16: Putting It All Together and Final Exam

Dec 11, t     Due: Essay 5 (Annotated Bib + Essay) Due in class

Dec 13, R    No Classes: Reading Day



                        Week 17: Final Exam


Dec 17, t     Final Exam Day 1

Dec 19, r     Final Exam Day 2—last class of the semester



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