In addition, students will have an in-class essay exam.Students will be asked to complete other assignments, such as quizzes, in-class writing, and reading responses. The exam is based on responses to two pieces of writing: one, 5-7-page essay, distributed one week before the end of the term, and a second 1-2-page piece, distributed along with the question on the day of the exam.And once that solace arrives, the dead world returns to life, having gained mysterious and surprising powers during its time away: the gerbil, resurrected, can now knock on doors and propel itself around with human intention. It also reminded me of how close the ending of “The School” fulfills Jonathan Franklin’s idea that the ending of stories, in general, are more effective if they’re positive.
Students will practice strategies for close, active reading, summary and analysis, paraphrasing and the synthesis of sources using MLA.
Students will become familiar with the style, form and structure expected in college level expository essays, and will learn to write a thesis and develop supporting arguments.
And maybe that’s why Barthelme wrote the story that way, with his full concentration on the theme, the challenges of form tired him.
What good is polite story craft if a jarring twist away from a relentless “march toward death” to the glories of life, can’t be done?
Reading: Class discussion is a critical element of this course, and participation is essential.
Students are expected to have closely read, and be prepared to discuss, all readings on the day they are assigned. Students must bring a marked-up hardcopy of the assigned reading to every class.(Not open to students who have completed English 1.7.) Prerequisite: Placement in the course on the basis of 480 or higher on the verbal SAT or 75 on the New York State Regents Examination in English, or a score of 56 on the CUNY CATW writing examination.: Workshop in expository writing: strategies of, and practice in, analytical reading and writing about texts. Frequent assignments in writing summaries, analyses, comparisons of texts, and such other expository forms as narration, description, and argumentation.Arriving more than 10 minutes late counts as an absence. Participation: Participation includes completing and commenting on the assigned reading, contributing to class discussion through listening and responding to classmates or the instructor, bringing required materials to class, and engaging in peer review and group activities. The use of cellphones is not permitted in the classroom.Under exceptional circumstances where a student must have access to a phone, the student should inform the instructor of these circumstances prior to class beginning.If you have a chance check out TC Boyle’s pattern story “Acts of God” in Without a Hero and George Saunders’ “Sticks.” You can also check out some of Donald Barthelme’s stories here.Do an imitation of of Donald Barthelme’s “The School.” Think of a different topic, maybe about love and loved lost/eating, travel, etc.The Brooklyn College Bulletin states the following: All students in English 1010 will complete the required Brooklyn College library orientation, which will introduce them to the services and resources of the library, including access to and ethical use of its print and electronic resources.Grading: The Brooklyn College policy on grading for English 1010 is as follows: Grades for English 1010 are: A , A, A-, B , B, B-, C , C, C-, NC or F. Students who have completed all the course work but are not yet writing at the college level will receive a grade of NC; students who have not completed the course work will receive a grade of F.(Not open to students who have completed English 1.7.) : This class will serve as an introduction to college-level composition.In this course students will be asked to consider writing as a process, and to consider the end written product as an expression of meaning.