English 2 MW2 – English Composition 2 – Representing New York City

Tanya Pollard

2231 Boylan

MW 1:40-2:55

e-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-5000 x6216

hours: MW 11:15-12:15, 3-3:30,

     and by appointment

Week

Date

Reading

Assignment

1

1-28

Introduction

 

 

1-30

Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn, to 35

 

2

2-4

Motherless Brooklyn, 36-129

 

2-6

Motherless Brooklyn, 130-165

3

2-11

Motherless Brooklyn, 166-225

 

 

2-13

Motherless Brooklyn, 225-311

 

4

2-18

President’s Day: no class

 

 

2-20

revision workshop

first essay due

5

2-25

writing workshop

revised essay due

 

2-27

Rich Cohen, Sweet ’N Low, to 35

 

6

3-3

Sweet ’N Low, 36-98

 

 

3-5

Sweet ’N Low, 99-138

 

7

3-10

Sweet ’N Low, 139-213

 

 

3-12

Sweet ’N Low, 214-272

 

8

3-17

revision workshop

second essay due

 

3-19

writing workshop

revised essay due

9

3-24

no class

 

 

3-26

Rudolph Delson, Maynard and Jennica, 1-78

 

10

3-31

Maynard and Jennica, 78-132

 

 

4-2

Maynard and Jennica, 133-193

 

11

4-7

Maynard and Jennica, 193-292

 

 

4 -9

Maynard and Jennica, author visit

 

12

4-14

revision workshop

third essay due

 

4-16

library research workshop

revised essay due

13

4-21

no class

 

 

4-23

no class

 

14

4-28

presentations

proposals due

 

4-30

presentations

 

15

5-5

presentations

drafts due

 

5-7

revision workshop

 

16

5-12

revision workshop

 

 

5-14

Overview

 

 

5-19

final exam

final essay due

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Latemess will count as a partial absence.

Texts: Because this class is based on close reading of the plays, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the play and brings it to class. You may use other editions if you prefer; if you forget your copy you should stop by the library and check out an edition on the way 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 you will be required to provide and introduce topics for class discussion on a rotating basis. Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester’s 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 should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analytical close readings of textual passages. Specific guidelines will be distributed before each assignment. Late papers will be marked down for each day late. 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:

 

Participation, presentations, and short informal writing assignments

first essay

second essay

third essay

final essay

30%

15%

15%

15%

25%