West Chester University

Fall 2002

West Chester University

Spring 2002

Fall 2001





Course Information
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Effective Writing I
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Writing Descriptively
  What Makes a Good Story?
  Building a Thesis
  Notes on 'Purpose'
  Strategies for Writing Introductions
  Strategies for Writing Conclusions
  Assignment #5: Argument
  Understanding Rational Argument

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Fundamental Questions About Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Notes on Four Short Stories
  The Genesis of the Short Story
  Defining the Short Story
  The Art of the Short Story
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
  A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Billy Collins - 'Introduction to Poetry'
  A Catalogue of Poems for Study
  Approaching a Definition of Poetry?
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
  Readings from 'The United States of Poetry'
  The Craft of Poetry: Sound
  The Craft of Poetry: Structure
  Lines of Continuity
  Study Guide for Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  On Tragic Character
  Stepping Through 'Oedipus the King'
  Analyzing 'Oedipus the King'
  The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
  Study Guide for the Drama Exam

Announcements and Assignments
  WRT 120 Announcements
  WRT 120 Assignments
  LIT 165 Announcements
  Lit 165 Assignments


Go Exploring
  Weblog for WRT 120
  Weblog for LIT 165
  Writing Assistance on the Web

Join an Online Forum
  WRT 120 Composition Forum
  LIT 165 Introduction to Literature Forum




~ A Weblog for Effective Writing I ~

You can send me feedback or suggest a link for the weblog if you happen to come across an interesting site appropriate to our studies during your travels on the web.
Just contact me, let me know the name of the site and the url,
and I'll look into it.



The Call to Write Collaborative Network
Visit this useful "collaborative writing workshop." In addition to supplementing your textbook, the site features its own message board, a chat room, a "web page workshop where you can "experiment with free tools and techniques for developing your own Web site," and a "Writers Library to locate online style manuals, citation guidelines, dictionaries, and more." In short, an excellent internet companion site to supplement your textbook.


The Call to Write 2/e

  Quick Access Companion Site
An online supplement to your handbook. Lots of additional instruction and exercises. Take online quizzes to gage your progress! You'll need the access code you received with your textbook to take full advantage of the site's extensive features.

Quick Access 3/e





Princeton Professor James Pryor's Philosophical Terms and Methods
Philosophical terms and methods relating to argument.. Links include: What Is an Argument? Vocabulary Describing Arguments Some Good and Bad Forms of Argument Analyzing Concepts


The Truth Tree
Read the position statement "On Debating" and then be sure to surf the rest of the site (go to its front page here) for an excellent overview on the fine art of argument.


The Book of Cliches
A wealth of cliches to savor and then avoid.


Common Dreams News Center
An alternative news source which describes its service as providing "breaking news for the progressive community."


Margaret Salinger Discusses her Memoir, DREAMCATCHER
J.D. Salinger, author of CATCHER IN THE RYE, is one of America's great fiction writers and a notoriously elusive recluse. He's carefully guarded his privacy for over 40 years. Now Margaret Salinger, his daughter, has published a revealing memoir, DREAMCATCHER. The book was published in 2000, and this interview (on a radio show called The Connection) took place on Sept. 14, 2000.







In the News: Have an Opinion?
Posted on the Portland Independent Media Center's website is a first hand account of how a man, his wife, and three children were pepper sprayed by police at a peaceful demonstration. There are many sites on the Internet that provide space for newsworthy stories which are completely ignored by the mainstream US press. This is an impressive example. It also happens to be a good example of the kind of "open letter" that John Trimbur describes in Chapter 4 of A Call to Write (not a chapter we're covering this semester). Notice how Don Joughin uses the open letter genre to both inform and appeal to his readers.









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