Borough of manhattan community college
Below are the college’s general education goals that students who successfully complete this course can expect to have achieved:
2 out-of-class essays (graded as drafts and upon revision) and 1 in-class practice essay for the final exam.
Informal writing exercises (summary, response) to accompany reading assignments.
In-class writing including group work.
Active participation in class discussions: Your ideas matter!
Departmental Final Exam that requires you to compose, draft and edit a thesis-centered essay of at least 500 words.
Attendance and Punctuality: You are expected to attend class regularly and on time. More than 4 absences could result in the lowering of your grade or failing the course.
You are responsible for any work assigned during an absence. If you miss class, you may contact me via email or ask another student what you have missed.
You must be professional, attentive, and courteous in class.
Try not to leave the room during class.
Turn off cell phones and electronic equipment. Remove headphones before entering class.
No recording devices allowed.
Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities. Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Accessibility. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.
BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement. Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC’s web site, www.bmcc.cuny.edu.
Informal Writing/Quizzes/Homework 24%
Attendance and Class Participation 20%
Departmental Final Exam 20%
Rough draft 40%
Peer Edit/Review 20%
Final Draft 40%
How to hand in essays:
Print out and bring your draft to class the day of peer review
Email your draft to me in Word format before class the day it is due
Halfway through the semester I will hold brief one-one conferences during class
**The final semester grade is calculated by combining your overall class grade (essays, informal writing, attendance and class participation) with the final exam grade at a ratio of 80/20.
Tentative Schedule of Readings, Assignments, and Class Work (subject to change):
Mon. Aug. 31: Introduction to class; In-class writing assignment
Weds. Sept. 2: Walker Percy: “The Loss of the Creature” (handout)
Mon. Sept. 7: NO CLASS
Weds. Sept. 9: Percy continued; In-class writing assignment
Mon. Sept. 14: NO CLASS
Weds. Sept. 16: Writing, Strategies, Opening Paragraphs Essay 1 Assigned
Mon. Sept. 21: Essay Components: Conclusions. Essay 1 rough draft peer review.
Weds. Sept. 23: NO CLASS
Mon. Sept. 28: Grammar Review: Subject/Verb Agreement. Essay 1 rough draft due.
Weds. Sept. 30: John Berger Ways of Seeing; In-class writing assignment.
Mon. Oct. 5: Grammar Review: Avoiding Run-On’s, Comma Splices, and Sentence Fragments Essay 1 final draft due.
Weds. Oct. 7: Grammar Review: Possession. Essay 2 Assigned.
Mon. Oct. 12: NO CLASS
Weds. Oct. 14: Library Instruction.
Mon. Oct. 19: Essay Components: Citation. Essay 2 sources review: TBA
Weds. Oct. 21: Essay 2 research/rough draft (in class).
Mon. Oct. 26: Annie Dillard “Seeing” Departmental Final Exam Reading
Weds. Oct. 28: Presidential Debates discussion; In-class writing assignment.
Mon. Nov. 2: Bharati Mukherjee “Two Ways to Belong in America” (handout)
Weds. Nov. 4: Mukherjee continued; Handout on immigration debate: TBA; In-class writing assignment
Mon. Nov. 9: Essay 2 rough draft peer review
Weds. Nov. 11: Brent Staples “Just Walk on By” (handout) Essay 2 rough draft due.
Mon. Nov. 16: Staples continued; Conor Friedersdorf “A Conversation about Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders” (handout)
Weds. Nov. 18: Staples/Friedersdorf continued Essay 2 final draft due
Mon. Nov. 23: David Foster Wallace “This is Water” Departmental Final Exam Reading
Weds. Nov. 25: Wallace Continued
Mon. Nov. 30: Essay 3: In-Class Practice Essay for Final Exam
Weds. Dec. 2: Prepare for Final, TBA
Mon. Dec. 7: Prepare for Final, TBA
Weds. Dec. 9: Prepare for Final, TBA
Mon. Dec. 14: DEPARTMENTAL FINAL EXAM
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