Welcome to the FYW Model Course hub!

Note: the materials are all now updated for Spring 2022

Below, you will find links to the mainstream model course materials, including a weekly schedule for professors, a syllabus template and a cloneable model course open lab site. These are all the materials you’ll need to teach the courses! 

There will also be frequent office hours to keep you up to date on the model course trajectory. 



So how does this work? 

For each course, there is a file full of documents and an Open Lab site (you will find both of these in the dropdown menu for that course under the sub-heading “materials and site link.” This is also where you will find links to the model site). You can use the documents with Blackboard or an Open Lab site of your own, but the Model Site has the major assignments, syllabi and other documents already loaded, and is made with this curriculum and instructional design principles in mind. 

You will have to post your weekly plans on your website each week as they arise (these are all outlined for you in the Unit Plans, which you can find, both in the file that’s available for download, and at the top of each unit’s “support materials” on this site.) We thought this would be easier for you, since you might want to amend lesson plans, or use units from both the mainstream and Core Curriculum, and also because , as we all know, something unexpected may befall us throughout the semester and plans may need to be amended. 

The support hub (this site!) 

You will see that we have support materials for each unit in the curriculum.  Here, we outline both the mechanics of the unit, and also some of the pedagogical principles behind it.  You’ll see we also have a technical help section that is quite specific to the model site– and we also have a FYW blog.  Here, you will find info about upcoming Zoom office hours for the model sites, where we will be talking about particular units or issues like grammar or commenting on student papers. 


The model courses were written when we went to an online-only model, and we haven’t had a chance to change them drastically since then. This summer, the model courses will undergo a revision. However, please feel free to use the courses if you’re teaching in-person classes as well! My suggestion is that you ask students to submit all work online and continue to use the online technologies, and simply use the in-class suggestions for your in-person classroom (as opposed to Zoom). They should generally translate quite well– breakout rooms are small groups. Keep in mind that we may seen an unprecedented number of absences and illnesses this semester due to Covid, so even with in-person courses, it’s important to maintain an online space. I also encourage you to provide notes or even short videos for those students who had to miss classes– and as review for those who did make it!


Mainstream Curriculum, Core Books and Co-Req at CUNY

You will see that there are three curricula for both 1101 and two for 1121. The curricula are interchangeable– meaning you can mix and match the readings, unit assignments and other exercises as you see fit. (The final portfolio is the same.) All curricula are designed with City Tech’s learning outcomes and new curricular principles in mind, and the units share key similarities. We worked together to design the curricula in tandem

Co-req 1101 Curriculum

While the 1101 Co-requisite is a six-credit course, it covers the same learning outcomes and goals as the mainstream and Core Books courses, and the curricula are very similar.  If you are teaching a non-co-req section of 1101, you are welcome to revise the co-req curriculum to fit your needs. You can find it here: co-req model course site

Core Books at CUNY

Core Books at CUNY is modeled on the Columbia Core Curriculum and funded by a CUNY-wide Teagle Foundation grant. City Tech is collaborating with three other CUNY campuses to integrate common texts that raise broad humanistic questions into writing courses. The project fosters a community of learners and instructors through curricular coherence and shared texts.  

The model syllabi we have created emerge from the City Tech curriculum planning group involved with this initiative. We hope these syllabi, which have been expressly designed to be taught online, will provide you with useful and engaging materials for English 1101 and English 1121. 

Review the teaching materials for English 1101 and for English 1121. Like what you see? Clone the English 1101 Core Books Model Course or the English 1121 Core Books Model Course.