Required Texts

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

For English 125, a grammar/writing handbook and a reader are required.

For the grammar/writing handbook, we require:

Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers.  The Bedford Handbook, 9th ed. Boston: Bedford, 2013. (ISBN 978-1457608025)

For the reader, we require:

Comley, Nancy R., David Hamilton, Carl H. Klaus, Robert Scholes, and Nancy Summers. Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing. 10th edition. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2012.  (ISBN 978-1457608919).

Please note when selecting readings that composition courses must include a minimum of nine (9) print and/or online reading selections encompassing a range of genres, including, for example, scholarly, journalistic, editorial, reflective, and visual texts.

Books should be ordered via CUNYFirst.  For instructions, please contact Phebe Kirkham ( or consult the English 125 and English 126 Resources Blackboard site.