West Chester University

Fall 2004and
Spring 2005

West Chester University

Spring 2003

Fall 2002

Spring 2002

Fall 2001






Course Information
  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
  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
  DIRECTIONS: Independent Project
  Suggested Readings: Independent Project
  Utopia/Dystopia Links
  Character Analysis: Brave New World
  Analyzing the Brave New World
  Defining Utopia
  Embarking on the Brave New World
  A Critique of BRAVE NEW WORLD
  Dante Links
  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
  The Birthmark
  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
  The Metamorphosis

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
  Expressive Writing
  Short Stories About Identity
  Thoughts on Stories About Identity
  Poems About Identity
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Mind-map: Identity

ENG Q20: Basic Writing (Fall 2004)
  ENG Q20 Syllabus
  Frederick Douglass Excerpt
  Propaganda Analysis
  How to Detect Propaganda
  George Orwell's Politics and the English Language
  Propaganda Analysis Exercise

Go Exploring
  Weblog for WRT 120
  Writing Assistance on the Web
  Blackboard at WCU
  WCU Homepage
  WCU's Francis Harvey Green Library


~~ WRT 120 Announcements ~~

4/19 - 4/21
Paper #3 is this week. Conferences will be scheduled for students to discuss their choices and/or progress on the independent project, due at the Final Exam period. Conference times will be in lieu of class on Thursday, 4/21 and Tuesday, 4/26.
4/12 - 4/14

We'll have a rough draft workshop on Tuesday, 4/12 and a revision workshop on Thursday, 4/14. Your paper will be due on 4/19.

4/5 - 4/7

Continue to study chapter 9 in The Call to Write. Complete the homework assignment for 4/5 described on the assignments page.

Class is cancelled on 4/7. Please bring your rough draft of the commentary essay to class on Tuesday for a Rough Draft Workshop. If you were absent on 4/5, please email me your topic for approval before writing your rough draft.

3/29 - 3/31

Tuesday, 3/29: Bring your article/response to class. See assignments page. Study the examples of commentary distributed in class today.

Thursday, 3/31: Read Chapter 9 in The Call to Write.

3/22 - 3/24

Tuesday, 3/22: Group Conferences in my office, Main 312. Bring a draft of your completed Casebook for consultation.

Thursday, 3/24: The Casebook is due.

3/15 - 3/17
We're working on drafting the Casebook. Specific due dates are on the assignment page. Please note that instead of class next week, group conferences are scheduled and will be held in my office, Main 312.
Enjoy! Remember to complete the "Evaluating Sources for the Casebook" worksheets we began in class by the time you return from Spring Break. You can download the Worksheet if you need spare copies.
3/1 - 3/3
We'll be working in class on the writing components of your Casebook Assignment. We'll discuss analyzing and evaluating sources, as well as effective summary techniques. If class is canceled because of weather conditions, please read "Evaluating Sources for the Casebook."
2/22 - 2/24
Class will meet in the library's third floor computer classroom on 2/22 and groups will meet individually in the library on 2/24. Check in with me to get the assignment for next week; I'll be at one of the tables on the third floor near the computer classroom.
2/15 - 2/17
Study the material in The Call to Write, pp. 61-90; Quick Access, pp. 51-58. Review the "Casebook Assignment" in The Call to Write, p. 322. In class you will form a collaborative group which will select a topic for the Casebook Assignment.
2/8 - 2/10
We're still workshopping the first formal paper. The final draft is due on 2/10.
We'll begin discussing "ARGUMENTATION" on Thursday after you hand in your papers. Read The Call to Write, pp. 61-90; Quick Access, pp. 51-58.
1/31 - 2/4
Winter Break: no class Tuesday. We're engaged in revision for Essay #1. Revsion workshop this week.
1/25 - 1/27
We're working on Chapters 4 and 5 in The Call to Write. An assignment sheet for the first formal writing assignment will be distributed in class on Tuesday 1/25 and a rough draft of your paper will be due on Thursday 1/27.
1/18 - 1/22
We're reading short stories and poetry related to the topic of "IDENTITY." Specific reading and writing assignments are due on Tuesday 1/18. Check the assignments page.
1/11 - 1/13
Welcome to Effective Writing I. This week we're exploring the aims of the course and the aims of the first assignment, which is to be an expressive essay on the broad topic of "IDENTITY."








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