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ENG 111

English 111, the second semester of freshman composition and a foundational writing course, introduces students to techniques for close reading of literary texts. This course develops students’ critical thinking skills through the study of literary elements such as plot, character, setting, point of view, symbolism, and irony. Additionally, students will learn the Modern Language Association (MLA) system of parenthetical citation and how to incorporate quotations into their analysis of literary texts; they will also complete a research assignment by consulting both print and online sources. Students will be able to interpret and write critically about each of the three major genres: fiction, poetry, and drama.

Note: As of Fall 2016, the library is discontinuing their workshops and running a pilot program for students. Since the workshops are no longer available all ENG 111 instructors should remove the Library Workshops requirement from their syllabus and should not include the workshops in their grade breakdown.

Your syllabus must contain the catalog course description; learning objectives; required textbooks; grade breakdown; CUNY attendance policy; academic integrity policy; ADA statement; and schedule with class dates and assigned readings.

Click the file below for a syllabus template (MS Word format):


The co-course managers for English 111 are  Professor Alexandra Milsom and Professor Victoria Munoz.

Frequently Taught Texts

Wendell Berry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”

Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art”

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool”

John Cheever, “The Enormous Radio”

Martín Espada, “In Praise of Local 100”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”

Langston Hughes, “Harlem”

Arthur Machen, “The White People”

Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”

Sylvia Plath, “Daddy” 

Edgar Allen Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” 

George Saunders, “Victory Lap”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18