Eng 1001 Diagnostic Essay In Mla

Supplemental handouts, to be distributed in class

A good college-level (paperback) dictionary (Available used starting at $00.01 at Amazon.com***).


Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers, 7 ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012 (Available used starting at $35.00 at Amazon.com***), or another current college-level handbook including 2009 MLA updates. Note: The sixth edition of Rules for Writerswith 2009 MLA Updates is also available, and quite a bit less expensive (Available used starting at $00.01 at Amazon.com***).

(see also Additional Textbook Options, below)

Recommended additional texts:**

Bloom, Harold. Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. New York: Riverhead, 2003.†

---. How to Read and Why. New York: Scribner, 2000. (Available starting at $1.00 at Amazon.com***)

Boose, Lynda E. and Richard Burt. “Totally Clueless? Shakespeare Goes Hollywood in the 1990s” from Shakespeare, The Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. London and New York: Routledge, 1997. 8-21. (Available starting at $4.00 at Amazon.com***); reprinted in Corrigan.

Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite. New York: Penguin, 2006. (Available starting at $3.94 at Amazon.com***)

---. Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs—Even If You’re Right. New York: Penguin, 2008 (Available used starting at $6.61 at Amazon.com***).

Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein. “Logic.”Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. New York: Abrams Image, 2006. 27-49. (Available used starting at $6.73 at Amazon.com**)

---. Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak through Through Philosophy and Jokes. New York: Abrams Image, 2007. 27-49 (Available used starting at $10.85 at Amazon.com***).

Cohen, Paula Marantz. “Shakespeare Goes to the Movies.” DOJ: The Drexel Online Journal.

Corrigan, Timothy, ed. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. 340-356. (Available starting at $11.00 at Amazon.com***)

Crystal, David. Words, Words, Words. New York: Oxford U P, 2006 (Available used starting at $9.28 at Amazon.com***).

Denby, David. Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. (Available starting at $0.29 at Amazon.com***).

Dirda, Michael. Classics for Pleasure. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2007. (Available starting at $1.49 at Amazon.com***)

Feldman, Gail M. “Adapting Shakespeare to Film.” Inside Film Magazine Online.

Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. [New York: Harper, 2008 ?].†

---. How to Read Novels Like a Professor. New York: Harper, 2008.

Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies, 10 ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005. (Available starting at $54.00 at Amazon.com***)

Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004. (Available used starting at $1.91 at Amazon.com***).

Haig, Matt. The Dead Father’s Club: A Novel. New York: Viking, 2006. (Available starting at $0.59 at Amazon.com***)

Kliman, Bernice W. Hamlet: Film, Television, and Audio Performance. Rutherford, NJ: 1988. (Available starting at $40.00 at Amazon.com***)†

Kozol, Jonathan. Letters to a Young Teacher. New York: Crown, 2007 (Available starting at $12.15 at Amazon.com***).

---.  The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. New York: Crown, 2005 (Available starting at $10.17 at Amazon.com***).

Lederer, Richard. Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language. Charleston, SC: Wyrick & Company, 1987 (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com***).

---. More Anguished English: An Expose of Embarrassing Excruciating, and Egregious Errors in English. New York: Dell, 1994 (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com***).

Lepore, Jill. The Secret History of Wonder Woman. New York: Knopf, 2014. (Available used starting at $13.71 at Amazon.com***).

Parrill, Sue. Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin, 1985, 2005. (Available used starting at $6.74 at Amazon.com***).

Ray, Michelle. Falling for Hamlet. New York, Boston: Little Brown, 2011. (Available used starting at $3.51 at Amazon.com***).

Showalter, Elaine. A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. New York: Knopf, 2009. (Available used starting at $0.40 at Amazon.com***).

Updike, John. Gertrude and Claudius: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2001 (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com***).

Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. New York: Gotham Books, 2004 (Available used starting at $2.70 at Amazon.com***).

*Note: All of the individual stories, poems and plays to be read and discussed are available online; these are indicated on the schedule (below) as hyperlinks. However, students are still strongly cautioned that they must purchase the textbook for class use, as well as for the supplemental materials included. Three  additional poems (

tudents will be allowed to use textbooks and a dictionary and/or thesaurus for the essays.

Research Essay (35% total):

Students will also complete an argumentative (persuasive) Research Essay of at least six pages (at least 1500 words), using up to three primary sources and a minimum of three to five secondary sources, correctly documented utilizing MLA-style citations, with a and Works Cited page ( and Works Cited do not count toward the six-page requirement). The research essay will be completed in stages during the semester; points will accrue as follows:

Topic Selection (5%):

Before beginning the research essay assignment, students will develop and submit a clear, well-written, one-page (250-300 words) explanation of the topic chosen from the list provided and the reason for selection. This proposal should include a preliminary idea of the plan of the paper, its intention or research question, and a possible preliminary thesis.

Annotated Bibliography (5%):

Students will develop and submit an  annotated bibliography for the research essay assignment, with a minimum of five to seven sources  correctly cited according to MLA format.

Preliminary Outline and Draft Introduction (5%):

Students will complete an outline and a preliminary draft of their research essay introduction for evaluation and comments.

Research Paper: Final Draft (20%):

The final draft of the research paper must be submitted in a folder, including copies of all sources used and all of the above assignments associated with the research paper.

Extra Credit (possibly various opportunities, at 1–2 points each):

Students may be notified of opportunities for extra credit during the semester, including attendance at various workshops or cultural events related to the class (“Recommended Fieldtrips”). If students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is worth 2 points extra credit; attendance at additional events will earn one additional point each.

Note: As a general rule, extra credit only helps if you have already completed all of the assigned work, and will not make up for missing an essay (or two, or three). Extra credit opportunities will be announced in class, and they will also be posted here as well as on the class Announcements page, so do not ask at the end of the semester for “extra credit to bring your average up.

Extra Credit Opportunities to date:


The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860
Friday, March 6 through Sunday, July 26

The first major collaborative exhibition between the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, The Critique of Reason offers an unprecedented opportunity to display together treasured works from both museums’ collections. The show comprises paintings, sculptures, medals, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs by such iconic artists as William Blake, Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The broad range of work selected challenges the traditional notion of the Romantic artist as a brooding genius given to introversion and fantasy. Instead, the exhibition’s eight thematic sections juxtapose arresting works that reveal the Romantics as attentive explorers of their natural and cultural worlds.

Yale University Art Gallery.
1111 Chapel Street at York Street
New Haven, CT


Young Man Langston: A Dramatic Reading

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson—star in the premiere of Young Man Langston, a dramatic reading from the letters of Langston Hughes that looks at the poet’s formative years, from the publication of “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and The Weary Blues, to his travels through the American South, to his life as an artist among artists in 1920s Harlem.

Monday, February 23, 8:00 pm

Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Kaufmann Concert Hall


(35 and under tickets are available for patrons ages 35 and under. ID’s will be checked at the door.)



Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

New World Stages
340 West 50th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenue)

Clinton, Manhattan


Written, composed, and directed by Jonathan Christenson

Production design by Bretta Gerecke

Through May 31, 2015



$30 under 30:A limited number of $30 rush tickets for patrons under 30 years of age will be available in person at the box office two hours prior to each performance while supplies last. Valid ID required.


Writing Center Grammar Review Workshops (1 point each)

Building Compound and Complex Sentences,
Using Relative Pronouns and Clauses ,
Using Tenses Correctly,  Subject-Verb Agreement, the Verb Phrase

Tuesday Club Hour Series: Library L233A (except February 10: Bradley Hall Ballroom

February 10

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Building Compound Sentences

February 24

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Building Compound Sentences

March 3

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Building Complex Sentences

March 24

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Using Relative Pronouns & Clauses

April 7

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Using Tenses Correctly

Tuesday Evening Series: CCB Building (*Evening Activity Hours: Regular Class Cancelled-- but check with your instructors.)

February 10

5:30pm-6:50pm EAH*

Building Compound Sentences

March 10

7:00pm-8:20pm EAH*

Building Complex Sentences

Wednesday Afternoon Series: Bradley Hall Ballroom

February 25

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Building Compound Sentences

March 11

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Building Complex Sentences

March 25

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Subject-Verb Agreement

April 8

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

The Verb Phrase

Thursday Club Hour Series: Bradley Hall Ballroom

February 26

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Building Complex Sentences

March 12

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Subject-Verb Agreement

March 26

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

The Verb Phrase

To reserve a seat at these workshops, please stop by or call:
The Writing Center in Bradley Hall (Bldg. Y) at 572-7195
The Writing Center Annex on 2nd floor of Library, room L233 at 572-3595



Writing Center Spring 2015 MLA Research and Documentation Seminars (1 point each)
Topics include: Locating and Evaluating Sources, Integrating Sources into an Essay,
Creating and Formatting a Works Cited or Reference List

MLA Sessions:

 Wednesday April 15 2:00 am to 3:15 pm Bradley Ballroom
Tuesday April 21 8:30 pm to 9:50 pm* CCB Room TBA
Thursday April 2311:30 am to 12:45 pm Bradley Ballroom
Tuesday April 28 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Library L233A
Thursday April 30 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Bradley Ballroom
Tuesday May 5 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Bradley Ballroom
Thursday May 7 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Library L233A


Evening Activity Hour

APA Sessions

Thursday March 26 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Library L233A
Thursday April 9 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Library L233A
Tuesday April 21 11:30 am to 12:45 pm Library L233A

Seating is limited!

Register in advance by calling or visiting the Writing Center.
The Writing Center is located in Bradley Hall (Y Bldg., Ballroom) 572-7195
and in the Library (L Bldg., Room L 233) 572-3595
e-mail: wcenter@ncc.edu www.ncc.edu/writingcenter

Note: Extra credit will be given for attending MLA workshops only. Details about APA workshops are provided for your information only.





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