English 126

Resources for faculty teaching English 126, Composition II: Writing about Literature

Grading
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 126.

Policies and Recommendations
The Department of English has a common attendance policy for multiple section courses including English 126; specific recommendations are also in place for the assignments in the course.

126 Grading Checklist
The Department of English has suggested criteria for the first two papers assigned in English 126. 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.

Sample Syllabus and Course Outline
Faculty teaching English 126 have some flexibility in developing their particular sections. Still, English 126 is largely about close reading of literary texts, the integration of multiple sources into several papers, and the development of a position or argument that engages with sources.

Required Texts
This page lists the required texts for English 126

Standard Syllabus Format
English 126 is a general education course offered in multiple sections taught by many instructors. Instructors need to include the following items on their syllabi to ensure consistency. At the end of these guidelines instructors will find a useful sample syllabus.

The 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
Writing assignment suggestions for high-stakes essays

Scaffolding Suggestions for High-Stakes Assignments
Low and middle-stakes assignment suggestions