Weekly Schedule


In-class activities

Homework due by class time 

Thursday, Aug 26th First-class meeting on zoom N/A
Tuesday, Aug 31st Review of syllabus quiz, discussion of first blog posts

Last day to add a course

Last day to drop for 75% tuition refund

Review course website, Complete syllabus quiz before class (google form).

Make sure you have a gmail account, and are signed up at Blogs@Baruch.

Introductory blog post due (see Blog Prompts for this)

Thursday, Sept 2nd Asynchronous session

Listen to “The Influence You Have” podcast and work on blog post

Read poem “Enemies” by Wendell Berry

Send professional email Professor Gordon Professional Email Assignment by end of class time; blog post due (see Blog Prompts for this)
Tuesday, Sept 7th-NO CLASS N/A N/A
Thursday, Sept 9th Asynchronous session Read “What is Rhetoric?”  blog post
Tuesday, Sept 14th Rhetorical Triangle review. Go over examples from blogs.

Discussion of first essay.

Last day to drop for 25% tuition refund

Last day to change or declare a major/minor to be effective for Fall 2021

Writing Center Visit?

Thursday, Sept 16 NO CLASS
Tues, Sept 21st Peer review on zoom + google docs

Read poem “Self And Society” by Saraswathih Harigovindan

Submit first draft of literacy essay (1,000 words min.) by 10 p.m. the night before class, Monday, Sept 20th through google drive
Thursday, Sept 23rd Asynchronous session
Read “Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All”

 blog post

Tuesday, Sept 28th Revising your work session
Thursday, Sept 30th Asynchronous session Reading, blog post due by class time

Final Draft of literacy essay due by Friday, Oct 1st at 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct 5th
Reading on Thesis statements:

Reading 1

Reading 2

Thursday, Oct 7th  

Two blog posts are due today.

1. Read or listen to “My Mother’s Dreams for Her Son, and All Black Children” by Hilton Als . Blog post.

2. Watch Trevor Noah clip on George Floyd and society as a contract.

Watch I am Not Your Negro documentary (available on Netflix ).

Tuesday, Oct. 12th Discussion of cultural artifact essay. Planning, review of examples. Thesis statements. Review Reading on Thesis statements:

Reading 1

Reading 2

Thursday, Oct 14th Virtual Museum Tour. Choose an exhibition from the NY Historical Society to visit with your peer group before next Tuesday

Answer questions provided in handout and prepare to discuss the exhibit you visited in Tuesday’s zoom class

Blog post about virtual museum tour.
Tuesday, Oct 19th Peer review of cultural artifact essay in class. Submit first draft of cultural artifact essay (1,500 words) the night before class by 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 21st Asynchronous session Watch “What Reading Slowly Taught Me About Writing.” Blog post.
Tuesday, Oct 26th Writing Center visit. Final draft of cultural artifact essay due by 11:59 p.m., submit through google drive
Thursday, Oct 28th Asynchronous session Read “The Death of the Private Self” and watch the documentary The Great Hack (available on Netflix).
Tuesday, Nov 2nd Thesis statement intensive

Discussion of research paper topics, research

Annotated bibliography workshop

Thursday, Nov 4th Asynchronous session. Search for research paper sources. Email five sources by 11:59 p.m. (two must be scholarly).
Tuesday, Nov 9th Library session?
Thursday, Nov 11th Asynchronous session Read “Introduction” and Chapter 1, “Origins” of Barack Obama – Dreams from My Father_ A Story of Race and Inheritance-Three Rivers Press (2004). Blog Post.
Tuesday, Nov 16th Library Visit. Submit 5 annotations by 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Thursday, Nov 18th Asynchronous session Watch the Ted talk “Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally” and listen to “The Air We Breathe: Implicit Bias And Police Shootings” podcast. Blog post.
Tuesday, Nov 23rd-Last class meeting before Thanksgiving Outlining workshop Complete and submit research project outline by 10 p.m. Tuesday
Thursday, Nov 25th-NO CLASS
Tuesday, Nov 30th Peer Review of research essays/meet individually with prof. Submit research paper drafts by 10 p.m. the night before class, Monday, Nov. 29th
Thursday, Dec 2nd Asynchronous session/meet individually with prof.
Tuesday, Dec 7th-Final synchronous class meeting Presentation of research projects
Thursday, Dec 9th Asynchronous session Revise essays