LIT 165 Syllabus
LIT 165 Announcements
LIT 165 Assignments
WRT 120 Syllabus
WRT 120 Announcements
WRT 120 Assigmments
Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Spring 2005)
Adieu to Imaginary Worlds
One Last Look at Imaginary Worlds
ASSIGNMENT SHEET: Paper #3
Notes on 'Before the Law'
Samuel Beckett Links
Notes on 'Waiting for Godot'
Approaching 'Waiting for Godot'
Notes on 'Axolotl' by Julio Cortazar
Notes on 'EPICAC' by Kurt Vonnegut
ASSIGNMENT SHEET: Paper #2
DIRECTIONS: Independent Project
Suggested Readings: Independent Project
Character Analysis: Brave New World
Analyzing the Brave New World
Embarking on the Brave New World
A Critique of BRAVE NEW WORLD
Inferno: Final Destinations, Cantos XXXII-XXXIV
Inferno: Malebolge, Cantos XVIII-XXXI
Inferno: Questions/Analysis, Cantos XII - XVII
Structure in the Inferno: Analysis, Cantos V - XI
Inferno: Questions for Analysis, Cantos I - V
Introducing Canto I
Approaching the Divine Comedy
Relating to Dante's Inferno
Our Goals for Studying the Inferno
Assignment Sheet: PAPER #1
Leaf By Niggle
Responses to Leaf By Niggle
'On Fairy Stories' by J.R.R. Tolkien
Notes on Ovid and 'Metamorphoses'
Analyzing the Mythic Tales
The Four Functions of Myth
Myth and Metaphor
Myth - Links
Filtering the Introduction to 'Fantastic Worlds'
'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'The Zebra Storyteller
Introducing the 'Imaginary Worlds' Theme
Alice In Wonderland
Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2004)
Conference Schedule: 4/21 and 4/26
Commentary: Following Up Your Response
Critical Thinking and Commentary
Casebook: Evaluating Sources
What is Argument?
Parts of an Argument
Casebook Assignment Sheet
Rubric for Evaluation of Writing
Assignment Sheet: Essay#1
Short Stories About Identity
Thoughts on Stories About Identity
Poems About Identity
Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
ENG Q20: Basic Writing (Fall 2004)
ENG Q20 Syllabus
Frederick Douglass Excerpt
How to Detect Propaganda
George Orwell's Politics and the English Language
Propaganda Analysis Exercise
Weblog for WRT 120
Writing Assistance on the Web
Blackboard at WCU
WCU's Francis Harvey Green Library
Rough Draft Workshop ~~
Carefully read the rough draft you've been given. Read it slowly and thoughtfully,
with the understanding that you can comment on it along the way, and that
you will write to author about it afterwards. You can write notes in the margins
to the writer, you can underline passages you want to draw attention to, and
you can place question mark where you find the text confusing. Please resist
any temptation you might have to edit the draft; correcting errors will be
addressed later. After you finish reading the draft, take out a sheet of paper,
put your name on it, and write to the author:
in some detail how you felt when you finished reading the paper. What thoughts
or emotions did the paper lead you to experience? If you didn't feel or
think much of anything, let the writer know, and see if you can explain
why. Do you think there's something the writer can do to convey more emotion,
or convey the paper's message more forcefully?
out what you felt were the paper's highlights, the places where you read
with the most interest. What interested you most about this section or these
sections? Was it the content or the quality of the writing, or a combination
of both? Was there any section you felt should have been more "standout"
but wasn't somehow?
out areas of the paper that you think need improvement. You can look for
broad issues like focus, organization, development, unity, and coherence.
What are some of the ways you think the writing can be improved, other than
by correcting errors you might notice?
- What's the point? Does the writer have an explicit thesis, or is the
point implicit? Do you come away from the paper feeling like it has communicated
a clear message that you could articulate for yourself?
- Is the paper arranged chronologically or by some other logical order?
Do you have any suggestions about how the writer might improve the sequence
of paragraphs? When you look at the paragraphs individually, do they seem
unified and coherent, or will the writer have to work on some of them
to make sure the sentences are arranged logically and that each paragraphs
- Does the paper have enough detail to paint a vivid mental image in your
mind of the people, places, events, or ideas that writer wants to convey?
Could the writer use more storytelling elements like description, figurative
language, or dialogue? Does the writer handle abstractions and general
statements by supporting them with concrete detail, or are there vague
spots that could be further developed?
a note to the writer explaining whether you found it difficult or easy relating
to the content of the paper, whether it touched a chord in you, or whether
you felt indifferent towards it. Do you think this is something the writer
needs to work harder on, or do you think your indifference is "just