CRN: 70882

Credits : 4


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. 

Approach 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.

Pace University 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 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 how to:

  • Distinguish an over-arching theme and controlling idea;
  • Develop an awareness of a text’s intended message;
  • Identify key thematic terms, claims, and examples;
  • Identify literary terms in a fiction work that relates to the themes of non-fiction articles;
  • Draw on general information and on insights from other texts, essays, and from class discussions;
  • Structure an argumentative essay with a controlling idea, effective organization, supportive evidence and consideration of opposing viewpoints and evidence;
  • Develop an awareness of the audience for a writing assignment and of the genres and forms of writing;
  • Make connections among several texts in terms of content and implications;
  • Cite and explain textual evidence;
  • Revise to clarify and develop ideas; understand writing as a series of tasks that need multiple drafts and feedback from others;
  • Revise 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);
  • Edit to insure proper grammar, language usage, and mechanics;
  • Locate and evaluate a variety of secondary sources, using research tools such as on-line library catalogues, electronic library databases, and Internet search engines;
  • Integrate primary and secondary sources with own ideas;
  • Document sources appropriately according to MLA format.

  • AIT107  Computer Applications

    Course Materials

    Course Topics
    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  Grammar exercises 
    Revision Techniques: Revision Workshop Reading: “Why Stop Smokong? Let’s Get Clinical”  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 
    Revision Workshop Peer review Reading: peer review pp. 107-11  Students will pair up to read and revise each other’s essays. 
    10  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 
    11  Revision Workshop 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 
    12  e-portfolio  Final essay due (essay 4): Literary analysis 

    Proctor Information

    This course does not require a proctor. However, you can obtain information on the proctoring program by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program.

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