This is a course in effective essay writing, academic reading skills and basic research techniques including use of the library. You will be responsible for reading and considering demanding readings assigned for classroom discussion and as a basis for essay writing.

Every City Tech (and CUNY) student takes Composition I, which features reading and writing assignments that will help to prepare you for college and beyond. Together we will work on communicating effectively, building an argument, adapting your writing for different needs and situations, interpreting and responding to a text, and incorporating and citing secondary source material. We will be reading pieces both for their inherent literary value and also as models for our own writing projects. Sharing your own ideas and experiences and adding your voice to our discussions will enrich our class community.

1101 Co ML Students. This Openlab site is designed to provide you with the required materials and activities to support you in your classwork. In addition to housing most of your reading materials, you will find many resources here that will be useful to you throughout the semester. Although I am not always up-to-date in posting, I try to provide what you need in a timely manner. If you don’t see something you are looking for, please let me know and I will try to let you know where to find it.

Please take some time to explore this OpenLab course site. Use the menu to explore the course information, activities, and help. As the course progresses, you will be adding your own work to the Student Work section.

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Login to your OpenLab account and follow these instructions to join this course.

If you’re new to the OpenLab, follow these instructions to create an account and then join the course.

Remember that your username and display name can be pseudonyms, rather than your real name. Your avatar does not need to be a picture of your face–just something that identifies you on the OpenLab.


If you have any questions, reach out via email or in Office Hours. If you need help with the OpenLab, you can consult OpenLab Help or contact the OpenLab Community Team.