English 2100 Fall 2023:  What Goes Unsaid?

“Learning to Read” Excerpt

One of the details from, “Learning to Read” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, that made a strong impression on me was the character development that he had throughout his life. We know that in 1946, he had gone to prison for robbery and in those seven years he wasted no time. He went from not being “functional” and “articulate” at writing simple English to leaving the impression that he had gone to school past the 8th grade. It is truly inspirational to see a person who started out as a street hustler become one of the most powerful leaders in America. We recall that in the excerpt Malcolm X gave us a description of what “homemade education” is. I make this term to be the epitome of determination and drive. He shows us that you can introduce yourself to knowledge that you never knew about and still master it, all it requires is infinite motivation and attempts. One of the elements that I can identify with is the sense of accomplishment throughout the text. Just like Malcolm X, it makes me feel excellent knowing that I have achieved something that I thought I couldn’t achieve on my own. Success is what makes me proud of myself and makes me feel satisfied with my understanding of the world.



If you are reading these words, you have found your way to our course blog.  I can’t wait to welcome you to Baruch in person and to begin our work together.  Our first face-to-face class will take place on Monday, August 29th at 12:25 pm in 17 Lexington Ave., Room 1113.  Please leave yourself plenty of time to get to class; it may take a while as staff and students familiarize themselves with new routines and procedures, and there is often a wait for the elevators in 17 Lex. Our class on Monday should leave you with a good understanding of what you can expect from English 2100, but if you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out – either in the comments below or by emailing me at jennifer.sylvor@baruch.cuny.edu.  Bookmark this site.  This is where you will find your weekly assignments from me, where you can go for information about course resources and policies, and where you will be sharing some of your own writing over the course of the semester.

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Professor Sylvor

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