English Composition I, ENG 1101

Since beginning undergraduate instruction in 2008, I have taught a variety of self-designed College Composition I courses at Kent State University (ENG 11011), the Georgia Institute of Technology (ENGL 1101), and currently, New York City College of Technology, CUNY (ENG 1101). The themes for my introductory composition and writing classes include “Space Exploration and Your Future,” “Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind,” and “Neuroscience and Composition.” Below, I am including links to sample syllabi and assignments that I have used in these classes. Each syllabus and project contains a combination of large and small changes based on a synthesis of what I learn from my students, adopting what I learn from colleagues, and my reflections as a teacher and pedagogical researcher.

Fall 2015

Syllabus, “Writing the Brain: Composition, Neuroscience, and Computers”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Writing Your Brain for the Future”
See syllabus above.

Project 3, “The Effect of Computing and Communication Technology on the Brain”
See syllabus above.

 

Spring 2015

Syllabus, “Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Using Your Brain to Explore Your Career Path
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Fall 2014

Syllabus, “Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Using Your Brain to Explore Your Career Path
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Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2014

Syllabus, “Composition and Neuroscience”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Storytelling Animals”
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Project 3, “Putting Neuroscience to Work with Multimodal Synergy”
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Fall 2013

Syllabus, “Neuroscience and Composition: Writing the Brain”
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Project 0, “Managing Complexity”
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Spring 2013

Syllabus, “Neuroscience and Composition: Writing the Brain”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential”
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Project 3, “Putting Neuroscience to Work”
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Fall 2012

Syllabus, “Neuroscience and Composition: Writing the Brain”
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Project 1, “Writing the Brain”
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Project 2, “Maximizing the Brain’s Potential”
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Project 3, “Putting Neuroscience to Work”
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Kent State University

 

Spring 2011

Syllabus: “Brains and Writing: Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind”
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Project 1, “Book Review and Analysis”
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Project 2, “Book and Film Adaptation Comparison”
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Project 3, “Critical Analysis of a Novel”
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Spring 2010

Syllabus, “Space Exploration and Your Future”
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Spring 2009

Syllabus, “Space Exploration and Your Future”
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Paper 1, “Compare and Contrast Walt Disney’s Mars and Beyond and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos”
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Paper 2, “What is the Right Stuff?”
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Paper 3, “Film Adaptations of Books”
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Paper 4, “The Future and You”
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Paper 5, “Reflection Essay”
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Final Portfolio
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Fall 2009

Syllabus, “Space Exploration and Your Future”
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Fall 2008

Syllabus, “Space Exploration”
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Paper 1, “Compare and Contrast of Two Visions of Space Exploration”
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Paper 2, “Technology and 2001: A Space Odyssey”
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Paper 3, “Review of Pale Blue Dot”
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Paper 4, “Tying Things Together”
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Paper 5, “Reflection Essay”
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