WHERE I’M FROM:
READING AND WRITING THE MEANING OF HOMEENG102.0823: Writing through Literature
Spring I 2011LaGuardia Community CollegeCity University of New York Mondays 8:00-9:00, Wednesdays 8:00-10:00Room C-453
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About ENG 102 (From the course catalogue)
This course is a continuation of English 101. Students will reinforce and extend their abilities towrite correct, well-organized essays using various rhetorical strategies and stylistic techniques.Poetry and at least one other literary genre from among fiction, drama and the nonfiction essaywill be studied. Students will be introduced to a variety of writing strategies used in composinginterpretive and analytical essays. Writing assignments will include a critical research paper.
About ENG102.0823, “Where I’m From”
When you think of “home,” do you think of a country? A neighborhood? An apartment? Aparticular block or beach or bedroom? Or do you believe that the physical space matters less thanthe people who live therethat “home is where the heart is,” as the saying goes? In this class,we will read, analyze, write, and revise essays that ask the questions: where am I from? Whatdoes it mean to be “from” somewhere, anyway? What characteristics make a place feel likehome? How does the place I call home influence who I am, who I love, what I believe, mydirection in life? Can reading and writing help us answer these questions?The goals of this class are for you to become a person who
someonewho understands, and interacts with, what you readand who
writes about literature withclarity and insight
. All of our readings and written assignments will be designed with these tworelated goals in mind. Reading actively will lead to good ideas; good ideas will lead to goodthesis statements and solid evidence; good thesis statements and solid evidence will lead to goodpapers. Writing good papers about literature is what ENG102 is all about. That said, the onlyway to learn how to write is to
So be prepared to write. A lot. You will keep a readingjournal, write several drafts of three take-home papers, and sit for two in-class essay exams.
Required texts and materials
Literature: Craft & Voice
, edited by Nicholas Delbanco and Alan Cheuse. This book comes inthree volumes: Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. We will use all three.
Rules for Writers
edition, by Diana Hacker
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