City University of New York

Department of English

M: 8 – 8:50 S607
W: 8 – 9:40 S607
Office hours: M/W 10-11 am
Office: N 728

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG 101 or the equivalent from another college.


English 201 is a writing course that builds upon the skills introduced in English 101. In this course, literature is the field for the development of critical reading, critical thinking, independent research, and writing skills. Like English 101, it is required of all students at BMCC, no matter what their curriculum. Assignments move from close readings of literary texts in a variety of genres to analyses that incorporate independent research on literary criticism and theory as well as cultural, historical, and/or biographical contexts for literature. Students are introduced to several schools of literary criticism and acquire basic knowledge necessary for the analysis of texts (including literary terms and some literary theory); they gain proficiency in library and Internet research; and they hone their skills as readers and writers. By the conclusion of English 201, students will be prepared for the analytical and research-based writing required in upper-level courses across the curriculum; they will also be prepared for advanced courses in literature.

Required Texts

(The following texts may be found in paperback or electronic form and are available at the BMCC Bookstore and Manhattan Books. I have included links to Amazon for discounted copies.)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course can expect the following learning outcomes:

• Acquire a critical appreciation of the nuances and complexities of a variety of literary texts. (Assessment: class discussions and essay assignments about course readings.)

• Define and apply literary terms to analyses of texts within several literary genres. (Assessment: class discussions, quizzes, and essay assignments about course readings.)

• Write at least three well-developed, thesis-driven argumentative and analytical essays, using evidence from literary texts and incorporating research, and that are comprised of clear, grammatically-correct, effective sentences in well-organized paragraphs. (Assessment: blog posts, presentations, and one expanded research essay assignments.)

• Frame research questions; plan research strategies; find and evaluate sources using the BMCC Library and the BMCC Library Website; and present the results of research. (Assessment: blog posts, presentations, and one expanded research essay assignments.)

• Correctly use the conventions of MLA documentation and citation, including a “Works Cited” page. (Assessment: blog posts, presentations, and one expanded research essay assignments.)

General Education Outcomes

Below are the college’s general education goals that students who successfully complete this course can expect to have achieved:

• Communication Skills—students will express ideas clearly in written form, employ critical readings skills to analyze written material, and exhibit active listening skills. (Assessment: discussion boards, blog posts, presentations and one expanded research essay assignments; course readings and subsequent class discussion.)

• Values—students will demonstrate awareness of one’s own values and beliefs while showing respect for the ideas, values and beliefs of others; demonstrate an appreciation of social and cultural diversity; appreciate personal and social responsibilities; and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning. (Assessment: class discussion and response to course readings, implementing a variety of critical perspectives.)

• Arts & Humanities—students will develop knowledge and understanding of the arts and literature by critiquing various works of literature. (Assessment: class discussion and essay assignments in response to course readings.)

• Information & Technology Literacy—students will collect, evaluate, and interpret information and effectively use information technologies by conducting research using appropriate research strategies. (Assessment: blog posts, presentations and one expanded research essay assignments.)

The Golden Rules:

In order to be successful in this class you must respect yourself, your classmates and your professor. This begins with a few Golden Rules:

–          Be present and prepared for every class. At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week.  For example, you may be enrolled in a three-hour class.  In that class, you would be allowed 4 hours of absence (not 4 days).  In the case of excessive absences, the instructor has the option to lower the grade or assign an F or WU grade.

–          Submit all assignments on time on the day they are due. You will be submitting all assignments on our course blog. Technological difficulties will NOT be an excuse for late papers. Late papers will drop a letter grade for every day they are past due. If there is a scheduled workshop and you are either absent or unprepared, you will lose participation points for that assignment.

–          Respect the rules of the technology classroom. When in the lab, will you use the computers for our assignments only. NO facebook, myspace, gmail, or any other browsing that is not related to our class. If you choose to bring your own laptop, the same rules apply.

–          Absolutely NO cell phones, headphones, or food. I understand there are emergencies, however constant distractions are disrespectful to your fellow writers and your instructor. You may keep your phones on silent and you may bring beverages if necessary.

–          Practice Academic Integrity. Plagiarism is the stealing of someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own.  Painfully easy to catch, plagiarism is dishonest, inappropriate, and insulting to you, the person you stole from, and me. I will be using SafeAssign to monitor your work. This behavior will result, in the very least, in failure of the assignment and may result in expulsion from the university.  See the following statement:

BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC’s website,

Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (Room N-320, OSSD telephone: (212) 220-8180 Fax: (212) 220-1264). BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.