English 125

Resources for faculty teaching English 125, Composition I: Introduction to College Writing


Evaluating students' performance in our classes is an essential part of our job. Listed below are the Department's policies regarding final grades in English 125.

125 Grading Checklist

125 Grading Checklist

The Department of English has suggested criteria for the papers assigned in English 125. These criteria can be used as a final grading rubric, or as a set of criteria for peer-review, or the review of drafts. The different areas can be given different weights in each paper. They can also be made into holistic rubrics by taking the sentence from each category associated with each grade level, and putting them together in paragraphs. These criteria are particularly helpful for clarifying expectations for the formal papers for both instructors and students.

Required Texts

This page lists up-to-date information about the required texts for English 125.

English 125 Sample Syllabus including Week-by-Week Outline

This syllabus is in .docx format, and can be downloaded and edited.

Standard Syllabus Format

English 125 is a general education course offered in multiple sections taught by many instructors. In order to ensure consistency, faculty need to include each of the following items on their syllabi. Use the catalogue course description, attendance policy, and learning objectives as they are written below. Do not alter these descriptions as they are standard for all sections. A sample syllabus is at the end of these guidelines.

Policies and Recommendations

The Department of English has common policies in place governing attendance in multiple-section courses including English 125 as well as specific recommendations about the assignments and readings for the course.

Writing Center

The York College Writing Center provides writing tutoring for all York College students. Tutors work with students on all aspects of the writing process.

High-Stakes Writing Assignment Suggestions

An English 125 class should include four formal writing assignments: three formal papers of 3-6 pages, and an annotated bibliography assignment that asks students to write on 3-4 sources. All formal papers in English 125 should be written under "revision" conditions: drafts should be submitted for feedback on content and organization by peers and instructor.

Scaffolding Suggestions for High-Stakes Assignments

Low and middle-stakes assignment suggestions