Last Day and Reading Lists

Hi Class,

I hope everybody has a great holiday break!

Here are a couple of lists for when you think “hmmm, I want to read something good, but I don’t know what to chose.”

The standard “best of” list:

But I like this list better:




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New Student Sample on Prometheus

Hi all,

Here’s another student sample that begins with a fine introduction. That said, the thesis could be stronger.

fall-2015-Student Sample nyc Research Essay

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Second Ann. Bib. Due Monday and How to Conduct an Interview (email or in-person)

For Monday,

Please bring in your second draft of the Annotated Bibliography (at least 7 annotations/citations) and the first page of your essay. If you can write more than one page, great!


For Essay 3, I recommend making use of an interview. You may find an interview that has already been published, or you may conduct your own interview with a person connected to your site/subject. In either case, the interview is an excellent way to include a PRIMARY resource in your essay (and in your annotated bibliography). Please note that you need at least one primary resource.

Conducting an Interview:

1. Determine your purpose, and be sure it relates to your research question and perhaps even your hypothesis.

2. Set up the interview in advance. Introduce yourself cordially and professionally. State who you are and why you want to conduct an interview.  Specify how long it will take (15 minutes is a fine length), and if you wish to record the session–always ask permission to record or photograph. I do not recommend recording it as paper/pencil is friendlier and less invasive. Remember, Email interviews are really, really awesome. They are easy, and they leave an easy-to-quote text record.

3. Prepare a written list of factual and open-ended questions. Brainstorming or freewriting can help you come up with questions. Leave plenty of space for notes after each question. If the interview proceeds in a new or different direction, don’t panic, let the person speak. Do not feel that you have to be prepared for every question or response. I like this follow-up: “Wow, I didn’t know that…can you explain that a bit more?”

4. Record the subject, date, time, and place of the interview.

5. Thank the person that you interview (in person or by email). Be professional in all interactions.

6. Very important: right after the interview, sit down and rewrite your notes and reflect on the interview. If you do not do this now, you will forget vital information. Do this while it is fresh.


Prof. Scanlan

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Portfolios and Techno Trash Recycling Information

Five Steps to Turn in Techno Trash Essay/Extra Credit:

  1. At least 500 words
  2. __ I have spell-checked my essay
  3. __ I have grammar/style checked my essay
  4. __ I have proofread my essay before posting
  5. __ I have asked a friend/classmate to read my essay

Bring in a draft of your Techno Trash essay on Wednesday during Lab.

Due Date: Monday, November 30th



  1. Read over all your freewrites
  2. Select your three favorite freewrites, make a photocopy or retype them.
  3. Write a 300 word review/reflection of your freewrites, especially describing how this process helps you to generate ideas. Turn in the three freewrites and the Reflection

Due Date: Wednesday, November 25.



Hi Class,

This is an important question that we might have asked yet: where should we take our electronics to get recycled in New York?

Here are two links that help answer that question.

First, here is the city government website that provides a list of what is and what isn’t illegal to put in household trash:

Second, here is a link to Call2Recycle;  put in your zip code to find recycling centers near you:


Prof. Scanlan

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Describing and Comparing Photographs

Clark St and Monroe Pl

Clark Street and Monroe Place, Brooklyn, New York 2015

Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, New York 2015

Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, New York 2015



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Comparing and Describing photographs by Annfinee Solomon


The falls

Photo one: A walk through the falls

Photo two: Under the Rail-Road

A.Solomon-Essay 2-2015-D394-Prof.Scanlan

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Describing and Comparing of Essay 2

Title: Two Parks Two Interpretations

By: Kelvin Chan

"Prospect Park"

“Prospect Park”

"V Park"

“V Park”



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Essay 2

Title: Timeless Moments

By: Emily Garcia

"Verrazano during Daytime"

“Verrazano during Daytime”


“Verrazano during Sunset”


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Essay 2

Title: The Evolution of Architecture

By: Raylin Antigua


red church

Cathedral Basilica of St. James



1185 Avenue of the Americas


Essay: RAantigua-Essay-2-2015-D-394-ProfScanlan

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Two Cars


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