• Ms. Caruso

    Fall 2020 101 (full) 

    Dutchess Community College English 101

    Course Description:

    English 101 addresses the major principles of college writing, which are meant to serve students in all the disciplines across the curriculum. The course concentrates primarily on expository and argumentative writing; traditional rhetorical modes; and effective composing, revising, and editing strategies. English 101 covers MLA conventions, and a research paper is required. Critical thinking and reading skills are also stressed.
    Topics Covered:
    1. Writing as a process

    2. Rhetorical forms

    3. Persuasive writing

    4. MLA style

    5. Research techniques

    6. Thesis development

    7. Revising and editing skills:  review of grammar, syntax, diction and mechanics

    8. Individual or group oral presentation which may include debates, discussion of  topics, etc.




    Please have this book for the first day of class and be sure to have the correct edition:


    The Prose Reader: Essays for Thinking, Reading, and Writing 11TH Edition

    Editors: Kim & Michael Flachmann 


     Summer Reading Assignment:


    Read one (1) book from the list of suggested non-fiction titles from the BACK of this sheet. You may purchase your own book or use the public library system.  Be prepared to discuss the book when you start class in September! You will have a project to complete when you return and you will need the book.

    DCC English 101

    2020 Summer Reading List:


    Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper’s Wife

    Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    Crutcher, Chris. King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill Advised Autobiography

    Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life

    Gottlieb, Gloria. Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

    Fussell, Paul. Doing Battle

    Hillman, Laura. I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree

    Ishiguro, Katsuo. When We Were Orphans

    Jackson, Livia Bitton. I Have Lived a Thousand Years

    Jiang,  Ji-li. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

    Kamara, Mariatu. The Bite of the Mango

    Klein, Gerda Weissmann. All But My Life

    Konner, Melvin. Becoming a Doctor

    Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

    Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban; A Young Woman’s Story

    Li, Cunxin. Mao’s Last Dancer

    Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

    Mam, Somaly. The Road of Lost Innocence

    McCourt, Frank. Teacher Man: A Memoir.

    Miro, Asha. Daughter of the Ganges: A Memoir

    Mortensen, Greg. Three Cups of Tea

    Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir

    Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

    Nazer, Mende. Slave

    Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    Paulsen, Gary. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

    Rhodes-Courter, Ashley. Three Little Words: A Memoir

    Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory

    S., Tina. Living at the Edge of the World: A Teenager’s Survival in the Tunnels of Grand Central Station

    Santiago, Esmerelda. When I was Puerto Rican

    Sheff, Nic. Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

    ---. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

    Turow, Scott. One L

    Zailckas, Koren. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood