ENG110: Freshman Composition @ City College of New York

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Syllabus: ENG110 Freshman Composition

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Yuanqing Wang(wangyq@wangyq.net), Adjunct Assistant Professor, he/him/his
Section E2, 22845
Synchronous sessions (2021): Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:15 pm EST/EDT
Office hours: I will stay for another 10 minutes after each synchronous class. Contact me (wangyq@wangyq.net) if you want to chat (about anything).

Course Description

In this class, we will explore the connections among writing, reading, rhetoric, and critical thinking. We will practice writing for different purposes and audiences, and as a community, give, and receive feedbacks for each others' writing.

Open Education Statement

All notes of this class will be published in on this website under Creative Commons CC0 License. Should you wish to improve the course materials, submit issues or pull requests to this GitHub repo. This is a ZERO Textbook Cost course. Links to all mateirals will be accesible on this GitHub repo and website.


Project Due Dates Points
Source-Based Essay W4D1: Peer Review; W5D1: Final Draft 15
Inquiry-Based Research Essay W7D1: Proposal; W8D2: First Draft; W9D1: Peer Review; W11D1: Final Draft 30
Composition in Two Genres
Letter of Introduction and Portfolio



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Boldfaced are primary readings / materials to be discussed in class.

Day Contents Recommended Readings Assignments
W1D1 🎬 Icebreaker(30 min)

Course Overview(15 min)
Barthelme, Donald. "The School"
W2D1 🎬 Introduction to Key Items (15 min)

Cliched Way to Tell a Story (10 min)

Group Discussion of Readings (30 min)
Barthelme, Donald. "The Glass Moutain"

Freud, Sigmund. "Sex in Dreams"

Barthes, Roland. "The Death of the Author"

Foucault, Michel. "What Is an Author"
Write a few paragraphs about the first thing you remember.
W2D2 🎬 Read Struck, William and E.B. White The Elements of Style Together (20 min)

Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis (15 min)

Rhetoric Analysis Group Discussion (2 options, 40 min): 432 Park Ave
or Vaccination Awareness Campaign on Social Media
Struck, William and E.B. White The Elements of Style

Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
Pick an item from Elements of Style that you believe to be erroneous or overgeneralizing.
W4D1 🎬 Intro to Writing Assignment 1: A Source-Based Essay (30 min)

What Sources would you need?(10 min)

Where to find those sources? (20 min)

Peer Review (15 min)
Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Purloined Letter"
W5D1 Peer review rhtorical analysis (45 min)

Discussion---Similarities and differencies (30 min)

MLA Citation (30 min)
Woolf, Virginia. "A Room of One's Own"
W6D1 Discussion: Did peer review work for you?

Discussion: The Rhetorical Situation(45 min)
Bitzer L. F. "The Rhetorical Situation"
W6D2 🎬 Reflections on Essay 1

Introduction to Writing Assignment 2: An Inquiry-Based Research Essay (30 min)
Zuckerman D. "Scientific Writing Checklist"

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
W7D1 🎬 Exercise: Are these good research questions? (10 min)

What defines a good research question? (30 min)

An Example of Research Proposal (5 min)

How to write research proposals? (30 min)
Sudheesh K. et al. "How to write a research proposal?"

Privitera, Gregory J. "Introduction to Hypothesis Testing"Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Chapter 8
Refine your research proposal. Due W7D2.

Find your own model essay.
W7D2 🎬 Review Research Proposal (20 min)

Polish Your Research Proposal (20 min)

Genre and Design (10 min)

Introduction to Markdown (10 min)

Introduction to Latex (5 min)
Wang, Weike. "Omakase"

Este, Angie. "San Serif" The Poem is You
W11D1 Introduction to Essay 3: Composition in Two Genres
W11D2 Brainstorm: Audience Strategy

Course Learning Outcomes

First-Year Composition Mission Statement

First-year composition courses at CCNY teach writing as a recursive and frequently collaborative process of invention, drafting, and revising. Writing is both personal and social, and students should learn how to write for different purposes and audiences. Since writing is a process of making meaning and communicating, FYC teachers respond mainly to the content of students’ writing as well as to recurring surface errors. Students should expect frequent written and oral responses on the content of their writing from their teachers and peers. Classes rely heavily on a workshop format. Instruction emphasizes the connection between writing, reading, and critical thinking; students should give thoughtful, reasoned responses to the readings. Both reading and writing are the subjects of class discussions and workshops, and students are expected to be active participants in the classroom community. Learning from each other will be a large part of the classroom experience.

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You will be graded based on the frequency and quality of attendance and submission of assignements. (You will get an A or A+ if you want to. 🤫)

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity (just don't do it.)

Plagiarism is copying and using other people’s words without proper acknowledgment or citation as it is indicated in the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity. All writing submitted for this course is understood to be your original work. Plagiarism is unacceptable and has serious consequences that can include a failing grade. In cases where I detect academic dishonesty (the fraudulent submission of another’s work, in whole or part, as your own), you may be subject to a failing grade for the project or the course, and, in the worst case, to academic probation or expulsion. You are expected to read, understand, and adhere to CCNY’s Policy on Academic Integrity, which is available here: http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/current/upload/Academic-Integrity-Policy.pdf .

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