ENG 120 is a composition
course that emphasizes analytical reading of and writing about non-fiction
documents, essays and articles.
Strategies for constructing well-developed, coherent essays will be
incorporated so that students can develop a clear and logical understanding of
the principles of composition.
to Teaching & Learning:This
class is organized around student discussion through discussion board,
including responses to weekly readings and journals which reflect those
readings. Students will write three formal essays, which will be developed from
the journals and will include outside sources from the Pace Library databases.
Students will create an e-portfolio, where their final persuasive essay and a
revised journal will be uploaded as an example of their best work. We will also
consider grammar, diction, and the importance of sentence structure.
Writing Center Statement (for online classes)
The Pace University Writing Center offers
one-on-one appointment-based sessions (in person or online) to writers free of
charge.Students can bring writing from
all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process, from outlines to
completed drafts, as well as non-academic/personal works.Please note that
consultants will not edit any work. Rather, they will help students learn
how to improve as writers. For more information about locations, hours of
operation, or to make an appointment, please visit www.pace.edu/writingcenter
and select your campus to proceed to site for the appropriate Center. For
questions about the Pleasantville Writing Center, please call 914-773-3942, and
212-346-1085 for the New York City Writing Center.
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Goals and Objectives
At the end of the course, students should know
an over-arching theme and controlling idea;
an awareness of a text’s intended message;
key thematic terms, claims, and examples;
literary terms in a fiction work that relates to the themes of non-fiction
on general information and on insights from other texts, essays, and from
an argumentative essay with a controlling idea, effective organization,
supportive evidence and consideration of opposing viewpoints and evidence;
an awareness of the audience for a writing assignment and of the genres
and forms of writing;
connections among several texts in terms of content and implications;
and explain textual evidence;
to clarify and develop ideas; understand writing as a series of tasks that
need multiple drafts and feedback from others;
for the purpose of public presentation, acknowledging the conventions of
expository prose (thesis or argument, unified paragraphs, transitional
sentences and phrases, credible uses of supporting evidence);
to insure proper grammar, language usage, and mechanics;
and evaluate a variety of secondary sources, using research tools such as
on-line library catalogues, electronic library databases, and Internet
primary and secondary sources with own ideas;
sources appropriately according to MLA format.
Introduction to course. The Basics of Essay Writing
Techniques: Writing a Thesis Statement; Creating an Outline.
Reading: "The Struggle to Be An All American Girl" by Elizabeth Wong
pp. 48-59 in “The Everyday Writer” (5a,,c,d,e,f,g) Discussion Board: Respond to Wong’s essay using the discussion board questions
Topic: Techniques: Refining a Thesis and Outline; Introduction Paragraphs.
Readings on Gender: "I Want a Wife" by Judy Syfers -pp. 66-70 in Everyday Writer (7a,b,c) and pp. 92-94 (8f)
Discussion board: Respond to Syfer’s essay using the discussion board questions.
Theme: Identity and self. Consider topics for first paper (narrative)
Based on the theme of identity, chose a topic for the first essay (narrative).
Annotated Bibliography and Library Research
Technique: Create an Annotated Bibliography
Reading: “Watching My Back” by Jeff Z. Klein. Pp. 206-215 in Everyday Writer (17a,b,c,d)
Quiz on Library
Paper 1 due. No outside sources required.
Discussion board: Respond to this week’s reading
In-text Citation and Works Cited
Techniques: Practice Using In-text Citation and Creating a Works Cited Page. Pp. 220-230 in Everyday Writer (17e,f, 18ab,c,d)
Readings on Technology: “Does the Internet Make You Dumber” by Nicholas Carr and “Does the Internet Make You Smarter” by Clay Shirky
Quiz on MLA
Consider theme of Technology and post your topic to discussion board.
Annotated bibliography of five sources submitted through grade- book submission area to be used for second essay.
Discussion board assignment: Respond to Carr’s and Shirky’s essays using the discussion board questions. Post your topic for the second essay to discussion board.
Creating strong body paragraphs, incorporating quotes, using specific details, special paragraphs. Reading: "What the Cellphone Industry Wont Tell You" by Myron Levin pp. 78-93 (8a,b,c,d,e,f)
Discussion board assignment: Post your works cited page in MLA style to discussion board.
Discussion board assignment: Respond to Levin’s essay, using discussion board questions.
Essay 2 due (with three outside sources)
Topic: Practice with Grammar
Technique: Grammar Exercises
Discusiion board assignment: Choose one of your previous essays and revise using the revision worksheet.
Respond to this week’s reading.
Post your topic and outline for the persuasive essay to discussion board (optional).
Writing the persuasive essay. pp. 234-241 (19a,b,c,d, e,f,g) in Everyday Writer
Read “Discrimination at Large”
First draft of persuasive essay due. Students will pair up in groups on discussion board in order to revise each other’s essays.
Respond to reading
Reading: peer review pp. 107-11
Students will pair up to read and revise each other’s essays.
Writing About Literature
Reading: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carole Oates
Respond to Hemingway’s short story
Final draft of Essay 3 (persuasive essay) due
Reading: “Hills Like White Elephants”
Set up e-Portfolio of essays (upload two revised essays and self-evaluation)
Self-evaluation should be about 50-100 words
Final essay due (essay 4): Literary analysis
Thiscourse does not require a proctor. However, you can obtain informationon the proctoring program by clicking on this link: Proctoring Program.