Last Day and 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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Another Student Sample

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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How to Conduct an Interview (in-person or email)

For Monday,

Bring in an updated draft of your Annotated Bibliography with at least seven annotations/citations. And also, bring in at least the first page of your essay. More pages if you have them.



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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Techno Trash Information for Recycling

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


Due Date: 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: November 25.


Hi Class,

Thanks to Kyle for asking this question: 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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Essay 2

Kethwanes Pierre Louis- AMPHORA

Staged Home DecorThe Amphora Bush

Staged Home Décor             The Amphora Bush


Essay 2: kethwanes pierre louis D345








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The Verrazano; Illustrated


Night at the Verrazano

Night at the Verrazano







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The Sun Rises and Sets

Travel Mornings

Travel Mornings

Atlantic Dusk

Atlantic Dusk



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The Beautiful NYC.


Traveling out of the City, June 28, 2015


Back home from Upstate, New York October 15, 2015

SMusinov Essay 2 2015 ProfScanlan



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Buzz lightyear 2015

Playground Ravenswood


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Two Train Timing – Kyle M.

Williams burg J

Broadway L



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