ENGL 060: Introduction to College Reading and Composition II (ICRC II)
Curriculum Support Leader, Fall 2015-Spring 2016: Gwen Kane
The course outline is the college's official statement about the core requirements of the course, including its grade determinants, educational goals and learning outcomes. Its purpose is to explain the course requirements to faculty and to other colleges that need to know what the course officially covers in order to evaluate credits for transfer.
This is NOT the common syllabus that you distribute to your students. Scroll down to the "Syllabi" section below to find the common syllabus template that you should use for constructing the syllabus that you hand out on the first day of class.
NOTE: All textbooks in the course outlines are subject to change. Please see the "Textbooks" section below for the most current information about required texts.
ICRC II course outline (.pdf)
The required texts for ICRC II are:
- Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2009 [publisher's site]
- Cooley, Thomas, ed. The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition. 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2013 [publisher's site]
- Moore, Wes. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2010 [publisher's site]
Updated for Fall 2015: Instructors should use the ICRC II recommended syllabus (.docx) as a template for creating their own syllabus for the course. It includes statements about important policies that students need to be aware of. Instructors are free to choose which readings to assign from the required anthology (The Norton Sampler); all instructors must assign The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Other Wes Moore.
Sample Out-of-Class Essay Assignments:
Note: Since in-class essays are considered to be exams, sample in-class essay assignments are not posted here. Faculty who would like to see sample in-class essay assignments should send their request to the Adjunct Liaison.
Christine Pipitone, Fall 2011:
Out-of-class essay 7 (Moore) (.doc)
Nina Presuto, Fall 2011:
Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola, Spring 2011:
Sample Classroom Activities and Handouts:
Providing Feedback to Students
Feedback Sheet for Out-of-Class Essays 4 and 5, Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola (.docx)
Comparing Texts: 5 Ws and How, Alexa Offenhauer (.doc)
Paragraph breakdown, Alexa Offenhauer (.doc)
Reading and Discussion Questions for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Reading and Discussion Questions for The Other Wes Moore, chapters 1-2, Christine Pipitone (.doc)
Reading and Discussion Questions for The Other Wes Moore, chapters 1-8, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Guidelines for Annotating and Free-Writing on the Essays in The Norton Sampler, Jessica Darkenwald-Decola (.docx)
Guidelines for Annotating and Free-Writing on The Other Wes Moore, Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola (.docx)
Questions to Ask Before, While, and After Reading, Jessica Darkenwald DeCola (.docx)
What Good Readers Do, Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola (.docx)
Preparing to Write: Gathering Ideas, Creating a Thesis, Organizing an Argument, etc.
How to Write a Summary (using Diary), Christine Pipitone (.doc)
How to Write an Introduction, Nina Presuto (.doc)
How to Format Quotations, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Graphic Organizer for Alexie and Smoke Signals, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Graphic Organizer for Out-of-Class Essays, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Chart for Organizing Ideas for Essay 4 (Katz, Moller, Moore), Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola (.docx)
Planning Areas of Support for Essay 4 (Katz, Moller, Moore), Jessica Darkenwald-Decola (.docx)
Thesis Templates for Essay 4 (Katz, Moller, Moore), Jessica Darkenwald-Decola (.docx)
Attention to Language
Six-Word Memoir, Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola (.docx): The Other Wes Moore includes an interview with Moore in which he gives us his own six-word memoir: "Grandma said have faith, not fear" (248). After having students read this interview, instructors may want to share these other six-word memoirs with their students and ask the class to come up with their own. This can work well as an end-of-semester activity and encourages students to consider the importance of word choice in their writing.
Peer Review Sheet for Out-of-Class Essays, Nina Presuto (.doc)
Talk by Wes Moore at the Brooklyn Public Library, 11 February 2011. Moore speaks about his book, the impact of losing his father, and how his family never gave up on him. 32 minutes.
"We Shall Remain," from the PBS series American Experience. Five episodes that present Native American history as an integral part of American history. A fine complement to Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Interview with Sherman Alexie about his life and work on the PBS show Conversations. 27 minutes long.
Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, New World Library, 1994. Offers a Native American perspective on reservation life. Instructors may want to assign excerpts from this book to complement their discussion of Alexie.
Updated 7/17/15 by SA