English 1: TR11 – Writing Composition

Tanya Pollard

4135 Boylan

TR 11:00-12:15

e-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

website: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/tpollard

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-5000 x6216

hours: TR 12:15-1:15, and by

      appointment

Week/

Date

Reading

1

8-28

Introduction

2

9-2

Jhumpa Lahiri, “A Temporary Matter,” “Mr. Pirzada,” “The Long Way Home” (Lexis Nexis; New Yorker, Sept. 6, 2004)

    

9-4

1st essay due: What do you eat, and why?; Jhumpa Lahiri, “Mrs. Sen’s,” “The Third and Final Continent”

3

9-9

Writing workshop

 

9-11

Revised 1st essay due. Alfred Kazin, “Pushcart Peddling” and “Working Class Daily Life: Eating,” pp. 2-4 in “A Walker in the City” http://www.worklore.net/images/acrobat/BetterLife-AlfredKazin.pdf

4

9-16

Gary Shteyngart, “Sixty-nine Cents,” http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/09/03/070903fa_fact_shteyngart Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Real Food,” http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/09/03/070903fa_fact_adichie

 

9-18

2nd essay due: Who has most influenced what you eat, and how? Writing workshop.

5

9-23

Mary Douglas, from “Purity and Danger” (handout)

 

9-25

Revised 2nd essay due; Peter Singer, “Vegetarianism,” http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1995----02.htm

Laura Fraser, “Why I stopped being a vegetarian,” http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/authors/laurafraser/vegetarian.html

6

9-30

no class

 

10-2

Gaye Tuchman & Harry G. Levine, “Safe Treyf: New York Jews and Chinese Food,” http://dragon.soc.qc.cuny.edu/Staff/levine/SAFE-TREYF.pdf

7

10-7

3rd essay due: What don’t you eat, and why? Writing workshop

 

10-9

no class

8

10-14

no class: Monday conversion day

 

10-16

revised 3rd essay due, Laura Fraser, “Why it's rude to diet in public,”

http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/authors/laurafraser/diet.html; Jeffrey Steingarten, The Omnivore: Learning to eat everything” http://www.slate.com/id/3152/

9

10-21

4th essay due: Compare and contrast approaches to eating. Writing workshop. Robert Sietsema, Chasing Muffuletta at Dive Bar, Delta Grill, and Bourbon Street,

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-10-01/restaurants/chasing-muffuletta-at-dive-bar-delta-grill-and-bourbon-street/; A Manchurian Candy Date in Delhi Heights, http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-09-17/restaurants/a-manchurian-candy-date-in-delhi-heights/; Enter Curry-Ya's Spicy Laboratory, http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-09-10/restaurants/enter-curry-ya-s-spicy-laboratory/

 

10-23

Visiting speaker: Robert Sietsema, Village Voice

10

10-28

Revised 4th essay due, William Leith, “Carb City,” http://www.hungryyears.com/default.asp?sec=1&sec2=3

 

10-30

Michael Pollan, “Unhappy Meals, ”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/magazine/28nutritionism.t.html?ref=books

11

11-4

Writing about voting

 

11-6

Taras Grescoe, Sardine With Your Bagel?, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/opinion/09grescoe.html?pagewanted=1

12

11-11

5th essay due: What should we eat, and why? Writing workshop.

 

11-13

Workshop on Classical Civilizations essay: brainstorming, outlining, pre-writing

13

11-18

Workshop on Classical Civilizations essay: revision

 

11-20

Calvin Trillin, “Local Bounty: Grandfather knows best,”

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/01/20/030120fa_fact?currentPage=all

14

11-25

Revised 5th essay due, Edwige Danticat, “Crabs,” http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/09/080609fa_fact_danticat

 

11-27

no class

15

12-2

Orhan Pamuk, “Forbidden Fare” (Lexis Nexis, The New Yorker, July 9, 2007); Calvin Trillin, “Speaking of Soup: The culinary approach to Spanish,” http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/09/05/050905fa_fact?currentPage=all

3 recipes due, with commentary on significance

 

12-4

6th essay due: Compare and contrast two food essays; writing workshop

16

12-9

Annie Hauck-Lawson, "My Little Town: A Brooklyn Girl's Food Voice"; visiting speaker, Annie Hauck-Lawson

 

12-11

Revised 6th essay due, David Sedaris, “Tasteless,” http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/09/03/070903fa_fact_sedaris

17

12-16

Overview, portfolios due

 

12-17

Exit exam (10:30-12:30)

Course Description, Requirements, and Expectations:

Description: In this class, we will work to improve expository writing through reading, analyzing, writing, and revising essays. We will write and revise six essays as well as various informal assignments and, as part of a learning community with two other classes, we will also work on your essays for these other classes. In order to find common ground for discussion and writing, we’ll focus on a topic we all have in common: food.

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, you will fail the class: this is a college-wide rule for this course. Lateness will count as a partial absence.

Texts: The only text you need to purchase for this class is Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference, available at both the campus bookstore and Shakespeare & Co. You should already own Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpretation of Maladies, and all other readings are available on the internet. You can find them either by typing in the websites printed above, or (more easily) by going to our class page in Blackboard and clicking on “External Links.” Be sure to find and print them early to avoid last-minute problems. You must bring a copy of the reading with you to class.

Participation: Learning is a collaborative process, and it is important that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, I will expect you to participate actively in class discussions, and your contributions will determine part of your final grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others’ learning, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc.

Written work must be typed, with one-inch margins and a twelve-point standard font. You should focus on building and supporting an argument, and writing clearly. Late papers will be marked down for each day late; all assignments must be completed in order to pass the course. Any use of others’ ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; see me if you are unsure about what this means. Plagiarism will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean’s Office.

Coursework and grading:

 

essays and revisions

portfolio

participation and informal writing assignments

60% (10% each)

20%

20%

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