Projected English 099 Course Calendar

Fall 2018

Please note: this is an intended itinerary for the semester. Dates and topics may change, based on class need. If a due date for an assignment is changed, it will always be LATER, never earlier. This calendar will be updated with all changes to reflect where we are in class. Changes will also be discussed in class. If you miss class, you should actively check our course calendar and BlackBoard to ensure that you are up-to-date on our schedule.

Key Dates:

Final CATW Exam on: 12/3

Project #2 due 12/10

Final Course Grade / CATW Result Meetings: TBA

Practice CATW #1 on 10/3 (completed); Project #1 due 11/5 (completed); Practice CATW #2 on 11/7 (completed); Official Practice CATW #3 on 11/19 (completed); Writing Experiment Notebook due on 11/19 (completed)


Week Thirteen

Monday, 3 December

What’s Happening in Class: CATW—go to the CATW Lab for the exam (no class—CATW only)

Homework: Project #2; Please note, you may want to make an appointment to see Liz to work on grammar for your last step of project #2.

Wednesday, 5 December

What’s Happening in Class: Project #2; Grammar Intensive

What’s Happening in Lab: Project #2; Grammar Intensive

Homework: Project #2; Please note, you may want to make an appointment to see Liz to work on grammar for your last step of project #2.


Week Fourteen

Monday, 10 December

What’s Happening in Class: Last Day of Class; Project #2 and class party!

Due in Class: Project #2 due in class!


Finals' Week

Please Stop By To See Liz To Discuss Your Final Grade and to get your CATW Results!

No appointment needed—stop by anytime.

THURSDAY, 13 December 2018

11-2 p.m.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

10 - 12 noon

Drop in times—come any time during these hours.


Completed Units


Week One


wednesday, 12 September

What's Happening in Class: Introduction to the course; syllabus; overview; starter essay

Homework: Read "The Value of Writing" (handout)


Week Two

Monday, 17 September 

What's Happening in Class: Introductions, Student Survey, Note Taking, BlackBoard Demonstration, Discussion of “The Value of Writing,” Brainstorming Argument Topics

Homework: Read “Hooked on Credit Cards” and post your notes on BlackBoard

Wednesday, 19 September

What's Happening in Class: No Classes at LaGuardia for Yom Kippur

College Deadlines to note: 

Monday, 17 September is the last day to add a course or change course sections

Tuesday, 18 September is the last day to drop for 75% tuition refund

Wednesday, 19 September is the beginning of the course withdrawal drop “WD” period


Week Three

Monday, 24 September 

What's Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Introductions & Thesis Statements (PowerPoint); Critical Reading—9 Questions to Consider; Discussion of “Hooked on Credit Cards”

Homework: Post a sample thesis statement about “Hooked on Credit Cards”

Wednesday, 26 September 

What's Happening in Class: Essay Basics; Paragraph Development; Supporting arguments with evidence

What’s Happening in Lab: Grammar 101; Vocabulary Practice (“Free Rice”)

Homework: Read the CATW Packet in “Homework Readings”

College Deadlines to note: 

Tuesday, 25 September is the last day to drop for a 50% tuition refund

Friday, 28 September is the last day to drop for a 25% tuition refund / the last day to declare a major for Fall semester / and the course withdrawal drop “WD” period ends

Saturday, 29 September: the Withdrawal Period Begins  A Grade of “W” will be assigned to students who officially drop a course


Week Four

Monday, 1 October 

What's Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Essay Basics & the CATW; Revised CATW “Hype” example; CATW structures & examples

Homework: CATW Preparation: reread & review all of the CATW materials we’ve discussed in preparation for Wednesday!

Wednesday, 3 October 

What's Happening in Class: Practice CATW #1

What’s Happening in Lab: CATW Analysis; Practicing Proofreading

Homework: Read Model Essays


Week Five

Monday, 8 October 

No Classes at LaGuardia

Wednesday, 10 October 

What's Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Support paragraphs; How to use quotations

What’s Happening in Lab: Project #1 assigned; Pre-writing discussed

Homework: Pre-writing for project #1


Week Six

Monday, 15 October 

What's Happening in Class: Writing experiment; CATW results; Focusing in on a thesis; Personal Experience Support

Homework: Introductory paragraph for project #1

Wednesday, 17 October 

What's Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Main ideas for paragraphs; Connecting evidence to the thesis statement; Descriptive Writing

What’s Happening in Lab: Introductory paragraphs and outlining a project

Homework: Thesis statement for project #1 AND main ideas for each paragraph


Week Seven

Monday, 22 October

What’s Happening in Class: Finding Articles for Project #1; Organization for Project #1 (Review of paragraph main ideas); Planning to write; One-on-one meetings with Liz about CATW #1

Homework: Find an article and bring it to class, answering the questions HOW does this support your thesis? WHY is it a good source to use?

Wednesday, 24 October

What’s Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Review of articles; Discussion of sources; Practicing Quotes & Analysis; Using more than 1 source in a project

What’s Happening in Lab: Working on drafts; One-on-one meetings with Liz about CATW #1

Homework: One complete paragraph with AT LEAST 1 quote and 1 personal example (post on BlackBoard)


Week Eight

Monday, 29 October

What’s Happening in Class: Paragraph Structure!

Homework: Draft #1: Bring a draft of project #1 to class (hand written is fine. This draft should be AS MUCH of project #1 as you can write!)



Wednesday, 31 October

What’s Happening in Class: Peer Review for Draft 1; How to Work with Comments (working on your draft)

One-on-one meetings with Liz about CATW #1

What’s Happening in Lab: Project #1

Homework: Project #1


Week Nine

Monday, 5 November

What’s Happening in Class: Self-Reflection & Submitting Project #1; Review of Practice CATW #1

Due in Class: Project #1

Homework: Prepare for CATW (Review notes & essay structure)

Wednesday, 7 November

What’s Happening in Class: Practice CATW #2

What’s Happening in Lab: Looking at model writing

Homework: Writing to discover


Week Ten

Monday, 12 November

What’s Happening in Class: Writing experiment; Introducing project #2; Writing to discover for project #2; Body paragraph practice

Homework: Read the CATW Packet

Wednesday, 14 November

What’s Happening in Class: Writing experiment, Library Orientation, Hands-on research practice

**Meet in the library, E-101 at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

What’s Happening in Lab: Signing up for CATW exam; CATW practice exam results

Homework: Pre-writing for Project #2 & practice for the CATW; Writing experiment notebook; Make sure you read all of the passing essays in the CATW booklet as models for the essay you will write on Monday.

Optional Homework: Post your summary of the reading on Blackboard by Friday, 11/15 and Liz will respond to it over the weekend.


Week Eleven

Monday, 19 November

What’s Happening in Class: CATW #3 (The “real” one)

Due in Class: Writing experiment notebook

Homework: Pre-writing and Researching sources for project #2; Revise practice CATW #2; Optional practice CATW

Wednesday, 21 November

No class today (Liz’s class only. There are classes at the college). Happy Thanksgiving!


Week Twelve

Monday, 26 November

What’s Happening in Class: Working on Project #2 (hands-on time); meetings with Liz

Homework: Outline for Project #2, Continued Work on Project #2; Please bring CATW Packet #2 to class on Wednesday; ; Please note, you may want to make an appointment to see Liz to work on grammar for your last step of project #2.

Wednesday, 28 November

What’s Happening in Class: CATW Results; Project #1 results; CATW Review; Meetings with Liz; CATW PowerPoint; Grammar Intensive

What’s Happening in Lab: Working on Project #2; Meetings with Liz; Grammar Intensivest

Homework: Study for the CATW; Please note, you may want to make an appointment to see Liz to work on grammar for your last step of project #2.