ENG 1101 English Composition I, section OL 0110

Division of Arts/Humanities Department of English

Prof. Frank Masiello email: fmasiello@citytech.cuny.edu

ENG 1101 Composition I

Fall 2022                Online                 Tues/Thurs 8:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Course Description

English Composition I is a three-credit, general education course with an emphasis on expository/analytic writing, with a greater focus on critical thinking and writing in response to the class readings. Students will learn to evaluate and respond to the ideas that they encounter within the selections. The course will aim to develop students’ writing skills, essential for the production of persuasive, well-supported essays. A research paper is required for this course.

Student Learning Goals:   As a result of meeting the requirements in this course, you will be able to

  • use critical reading skills to understand and evaluate literary texts; to summarize works of literature; and to explain how literary elements interact to convey meaning.
  • Write academic and personal responses to works of literature using appropriate literary terminology.
  • Argue the validity of your interpretation of a work of literature.
  • Use quotations and paraphrases from primary and secondary sources in your writing and document them following MLA style.
  • Revise your essay to achieve unity and coherence.
  • Edit and proofread your writing for clarity and correctness.

    Course Content

As a student in this course, you can expect to do read, write, and think.

You can expect to read many short, literary texts and to write about these texts. This class will continue to prepare you for the work that you will do in this or any other college.

Whether you take a math, economics, or your major department courses, you will have to read and understand the course material.

Effective reading skills are essential to success in college. In addition, many college professors will require you to write a research paper of one sort or another.

Composition I will help you develop the skills that you will need to write term papers for this and for other college courses.

Please do not think about this course in isolation; instead, think about how your experience here can help make you a better student.

Required Materials:

Notebook and flashdrive (you MUST get into the habit of saving your word-processed writing).


Course Requirements

You will be required to do the following:

Write at a variety of  multi-paragraph, academic and/or personal essays of at least 500 words.

Read, interpret, and analyze numerous literary works from the class readings.

Conduct independent research and write a 4-page research paper, using MLA style.

Submit papers that adhere to MLA manuscript requirements and which demonstrate effective proofreading and editing.

Participate in class discussions and other in-class activities necessary to produce quality expository prose.

Attend class regularly.  Several absences will lower your grade.

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be computed in the following way:  essays, 55%; research paper, 20%; and     classwork and discussion posts, 25%.

  Attendance Policy

Poor attendance will affect your grade.

If you are absent excessively, you can expect to fail the course.

    Research Assignment Fall 2022


Compare and contrast one of the following novels to its corresponding film version:

Books to films suggested readings

PLEASE NOTE:  Film titles must be underlined or italicized.

American Psycho by Brett Ellis

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick

Carrie by Stephen King (1976 film version only)

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The Collector by John Fowles (1965 version only)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Emma by Jane Austen

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (numerous film versions)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (any in the series)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (any in the series)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (sometimes referred to as a “non-fiction novel”)

Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice

It by Stephen King

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy

Mildred Pierce by James. M. Cain

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Psycho by Robert Bloch (1960 film version only)

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkein or any of The Lord of the Rings books

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr.

The Shining by Stephen King

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (any in the series)

Watchmen by Alan Moore (graphic novel)

The World According to Garp by John Irving


If you have a novel to film combination that you would like to consider, please ask me. PLEASE DO NOT READ ANYTHING NOT ON THIS LIST WITHOUT GETTING IT APPROVED FIRST! THIS IS AN ASSIGNMENT TO READ A NOVEL, no other text item is acceptable, no plays, no video games.

You are looking for similarities and differences. Also, why were changes made from book to film?

You must include six secondary sources, book reviews and film reviews that helped you form your opinions, plus the novel and the film (primary sources) for a total of eight sources.


Examples and detailed directions will be posted on OpenLab.

Try to relate the works to the themes we will be covering this semester: youth, gender, genre, etc. The books and films should also be included in your Works Cited, which must be done in MLA style.

The finished paper should be approximately 1500 words (that is four pages with double spacing, 12-point font) and is due two days before our last class meeting.

Worksheets, readings, and essay topics will be sent and posted on OpenLab gradually.

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