ENG 101: Composition I
Section GA: Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
                      
South 109/South 110 
The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 4 ed.

Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16 (Placement Office)
516-572-7185, ext. 25686

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours
 

Important Announcements and Updates

Friday, February 17:
Essay 1 was returned in class on Wednesday, February 15; if you wish to revise your essay, revisions are due the day after break, on Monday, February 27, not on March 6 as originally planned. Revisions must be substantially revised, not merely “corrected” versions of the original essay (revisions should be based upon the Revising and Editing Checklist and relevant information from class and the textbooks), and must be submitted with the original graded essay and/or draft(s) attached as well as one full typed page detailing the changes made, in the following  pattern:

  • Paragraph 1: Changes in content. What was added, deleted, or modified.

  • Paragraph 2: Changes in organization. What sentences, ideas, or paragraphs were moved, how things were rearranged, and why.

  • Paragraph 3: Cosmetic level changes. What specific editing for grammar was performed, or what corrections made in punctuation, mechanics, and diction.

Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade for the assignment. If you did not submit a completed essay on time, according to the syllabus, you will receive a grade of zero and may not submit a “revision.” However, this one time, I will allow you to bring a completed, typed essay to the Writing Center, review it with a tutor, revise it, and submit that for at least partial credit.

In addition, read  Roberts, “How to Say Nothing in 500 Words” (Handout) and  “Adjectives and Adverbs” (Norton W-5) by Monday, and complete the following online exercises: Adjectives and Adverbs 1, Adjectives and Adverbs 2, Modifier Placement. For each, remember to select ten questions, not five, and review carefully if you get a question wrong. If you score 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 (80% or better), submit your scores; otherwise, reread the material and try again. Be sure to include your full name, section (GA, not BB as previously posted in error) and my correct email: Brian.Murphy@NCC.edu.

Enjoy the break.

 

 

Thursday, February 9:
Essay 1 is due in class on Monday, February 13; topic choices and instructions are here. As per the syllabus, essays must be typed (in 12-point Times New Roman), double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and stapled when submitted. All essays must also include a proper heading, including Word Count; have an appropriate, original title; and contain a clear, explicit, assertive, objectively worded thesis statement. (Thesis statements must be underlined). Finally, all work should be grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, spelling, and documentation, and will be evaluated according to the Model for Evaluation of Student Writing.

In addition to the assigned readings for Monday (“Explaining a Process” in Bullock, 414-418, and Goodheart, “How to Mummify a Pharoah”), do not forget to complete the online readings and Online Exercises:

In The Norton Online Handbook read “Subject-Verb Agreement” and “Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement” (Norton S-5 and S-6a).
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Use the icon at the bottom left to display the Table of Contents.)

After you have completed the reading, click on and complete each of the following multiple-choice exercises:

S-V Agreement Review,
S-V Separated,
Compound Subjects,
Subject after Verb,
Collective Nouns,
Indefinite Pronouns,
Who, That, Which,
Pronoun Review,
Pronoun Agreement

For each, be sure to select ten questions, not five, and review carefully if you get a question wrong. If you score 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 (80% or better), submit your scores; otherwise, reread the material and try again. Be sure to include your full name, section (GA) and my correct email: Brian.Murphy@NCC.edu.

Finally, I have posted the following additional Extra Credit opportunities on the main page:

Writing Center Grammar Review Workshops (1 point each)
Sentence Building and Avoiding Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Fragments
Using Correct Punctuation: Commas, Semicolons, and Colons
Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Formation, Tense Usage

Tuesday/Thursday Club Hour Series: 11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Thursday, March 2

Library L 233-A

Building Compound Sentences

Tuesday, March 7 Library L 233-A

Building Complex Sentences

Tuesday, March 7 Bradley Hall Ballroom

Building Compound Sentences

Tuesday, March 14 Bradley Hall Ballroom

Building Complex Sentences

Tuesday, March 21 Library L 233-A

Understanding and Using Verb Tense

Thursday, March 23 Bradley Hall Ballroom

Subject-Verb Agreement

Tuesday, March 28 Library L 233-A

Using Correct Punctuation

Tuesday, March 30 Bradley Hall Ballroom

The Verb Phrase

Wednesday Afternoon Series: 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm, Bradley Hall Ballroom

Wednesday, March 1

Bradley Hall Ballroom

Building Compound Sentences

Wednesday, March 8

Bradley Hall Ballroom

Building Complex Sentences

Wednesday, March 15

Bradley Hall Ballroom

Subject-Verb Agreement

Wednesday, March 22

Bradley Hall Ballroom

The Verb Phrase

Tuesday Evening Series

Tuesday, Feb.14
 5:30-6:50 pm

G 233

Building Compound Sentences

Tuesday, Feb. 28
 5:30-6:50 pm

Library L 233-A

Building Complex Sentences

Tuesday, March 21
 7:00-8:20 pm

G (Room TBD)

Using Correct Punctuation

Tuesday, March 28
 7:00-8:20 pm

Library L 233-A

Using Correct Punctuation

The Writing Centers are located in Bradley Hall (Bldg. Y) and on the second floor of the Library, room L233
572-7195 or 572-3595
wcenter@ncc.edu      www.ncc.edu/writingcenter

Saturday, February 4:
On Monday, January 30, I assigned Homework (Introductions and Conclusions) that was to be submitted on Wednesday, February 1. Since I did not remind students to hand it on, only four students even bothered to ask me about it after class. Consequently, you may hand it in for credit with no penalty on Monday, February 6.

Thursday, February 2:
In addition to the assigned readings for Monday (“Describing,” pages 399407 in Bullock, and Wells, “A Riddle Wrapped in a Tortilla (Restaurant Review: Javelina in Gramercy Park),” the handout), do not forget to complete the online readings and Online Exercises.

In The Norton Online Handbook read “Complete Sentences,” “Fragments,” and “Comma Splices and Fused Sentences” (Norton S-1, 2, and 3).
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Use the icon at the bottom left to display the Table of Contents.)

After you have completed the reading, click on and complete each of the following multiple-choice exercises:

Sentence Elements

Clauses

Phrases

Identifying Fragments

Editing Fragments

Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

Editing Comma Splices and Fused Sentences.

For each, be sure to select ten questions, not five, and review carefully if you get a question wrong.
If you score 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 (80% or better), submit your scores; otherwise, reread the material and try again.
Be sure to include your full name, section (GA) and my correct email: Brian.Murphy@NCC.edu.

Sunday, January 29:
In addition to the assigned readings for tomorrow, we will discuss The Norton Online Handbook and Online Exercises.

Friday, January 26:
I have posted the following additional Extra Credit opportunities on the main page:

Academic Success Workshops and Learning Skills Workshops (1 point each)
NCC Center for Educational and Retention Counseling

Academic Success Workshops

It's “About Time”: Managing Time, Self, & College
February 7, 11:30am - 12:45pm - M206
February 14, 11:30am - 12:45pm - M206

Being Successful in an Online Class
March 23, 11:30am -12:45pm - G149

Learning Skills Workshops
(It is recommended that students attend all four of the following)

  1. Listening/Note-Taking
    March 7, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M206

  2. Studying and Organizing For Classes 
    March 14, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M206

  3. Reading College Textbooks
    March 21, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M206

  4. Test-Taking
    March 28, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M206

  5. Managing Test Anxiety
    April 18, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M206
    April 25, 11:30am - 12:45pm Bldg. M20

For questions, call 516-572-7141
CERC Office, Nassau Hall, M19

If students attend one or more Extra Credit events and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points, usually one or two (1-2) points extra credit.

Wednesday, January 24:
Be sure to read Writing in Academic Contexts,”  “Rhetorical Situations” (Bullock 1-9, 55-70); “Generating Ideas and Text” and “Drafting” (Bullock 289-300), as per the syllabus. We will discuss the writing process and techniques for beginning writing assignments.

In addition, I have managed to secure a room change. We will be meeting in South Hall beginning tomorrow: in South 109 on Mondays, and South 110 on Wednesdays. Room change signs will also be posted, in case you forget.

Finally, if you were absent on Monday and did not complete the diagnostic essay, you may write it tonight and bring it to class tomorrow. As you are not writing it in class, it should be typed (12-point Times New Roman), double spaced; include your name, course and section, instructor, and date in the upper left corner. Select one of the following topics, and compose a formal essay. Your essay will not receive a grade, nor will it affect your final average; this is for evaluative purposes only. You should take approximately one hour to complete this essay; do not use more than 75 minutes, the total length of the class period.. (Use of “I” is allowed for all three choices.)

1. What is your favorite text—however you may define the term “text” (novel, short story, graphic novel, and so on)—or who is your favorite author, and why? Defend your choice with specific examples.

2. The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, once notably claimed that “people don’t read anymore” (see The Passion of Steve Jobs”). Was he correct? Consider: With radio, television, cable, personal computers, smart phones, web-books, and tablets, we are living in a post-literate world, one in which people merely skim, browse, or surf rather than engaging in deep, meaningful reading for any prolonged periods of time. That is, sustained, concentrated reading*—for pleasure or for knowledge—is no longer necessary or important. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

3.  Why are you here? That is, what is your objective or goal? How do you anticipate achieving it, and how will this class, or your education at Nassau Community College, help you to achieve this goal?

Thursday, January 19:
As previously announced and as per the syllabus, on Monday, January 23, students will write an essay in class for diagnostic purposes only. This is both to establish a baseline for your writing, against which to measure your progress, and to determine what each individual's students strengths and weaknesses might be. You do not need to bring anything except pens (blue or black ballpoint) and notepaper; if you do not have notepaper, bluebooks will be provided.

For Wednesday, January 25, be sure to read Writing in Academic Contexts,”  “Rhetorical Situations” (Bullock 1-9, 55-70); “Generating Ideas and Text” and “Drafting” (Bullock 289-300), as per the syllabus.

Finally, I have managed to secure a room change. Starting on Wednesday, January 25, we will meet in South Hall, in room 109, I believe. Room change signs will be posted, and the information will also be posted here..

Wednesday, January 18:
I have posted the first Extra Credit opportunity on the main page:

Introduction to Blackboard

The Office of Distance Education is holding on-campus open
demonstrations for students in G Building, Room 149:

Thursday, January 19, 2:30–3:45 pm

Friday, January 20, 2:003:15 pm

Monday, January 23, 3:304:45 pm

Tuesday, January 24, 11:30 am12:45 pm

No sign-up needed! First-come-first-serve basis!

For questions, please call the Office of Distance Education

516.572.7883

If students attend one or more Extra Credit events and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is usually worth two (2) points extra credit; attendance at additional events will earn one or two (12) additional points each.

Also, because today is the anniversary of the day in 1778 when English navigator Captain James Cook reached Hawaii, the first European to do so, the first three students to email me a picture of Hawaii, Captain Cook, or some related image will receive one bonus point. This offer expires Friday, January 20 at midnight.

Monday, January 16:
The main page and syllabus have both been updated for the Spring 2017 semester.
Classes begin tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17; our first meeting is at 11:00 on Wednesday, January 18 in North Hall, Room 119.

Tuesday, January 10:
Due to last minute schedule changes, I have just been assigned this course.
The main page and syllabus will be updated before the start of the Spring 2017 semester.

 

 

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