Welcome to the FYW Model Course hub!

Hello, English professors– and welcome to the site!  We know that we’ve all been thrown into a strange new world in more ways than we could possibly begin to count.  We wanted to develop online curricula that were pretty much ready-to-teach, if you should want to use them, for teaching ENG1101 and 1121 in Fall of 2021. You are under no obligation to use these courses, but they are here as a resource for you.  You can also use the parts that you like and not the rest.  



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.  

Mainstream Curriculum & Core Books at CUNY

You will see that there are two curricula for both 1101 and 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.) Both curricula are designed with City Tech’s learning outcomes and new curricular principles in mind, and the units share key similarities. 

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.


Tips about the Weekly Schedules: 

  • Post the assignments for the upcoming week on your site at beginning of the week.  You may also want to post a more general unit or semester schedule.  The weekly schedule we’ve provided is quite detailed.
  • This is meant as a guideline for you.  You are welcome to change things as you see fit, as long as your changes fit with the student learning outcomes and rules of the department
  • We suggest you do not distribute this to students all at once– it would be overwhelming! We suggest giving them assignments weekly, with perhaps a unit-by unit overview.
  • We have chosen two due dates a week as a kindness to you and your students, who will likely be overwhelmed with the fast pace of online courses.
  • You will see each week, the deadlines are listed as “end of day due date one” and “end of day due date two.” You will need to decide what time end-of-day is, and which days “due date one” and “two” are.  Please change this wording in your own correspondence with students to reflect actual days and times.
  • The Office of First Year Writing will be holding weekly Zoom Office Hours (Hours TBA). We will be holding special sessions to talk particularly about each unit a few weeks before they arise!
  • Please keep an eye on the FYW blog for further videos on topics that may be of interest, like grammar, commenting on student papers, teaching reading online, building community, etc…