West Chester University

Spring 2006 and Fall 2005

West Chester University

Fall 2004and
Spring 2005

Spring 2003

Fall 2002

Spring 2002

Fall 2001






Course Syllabi and Announcements
  LIT 165 Syllabus
  LIT 165 Announcements and Assignments
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  WRT 120 Announcements and Assignments

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Spring 2008)
  A Reading of THE TEMPEST

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Rites of Passage (Spring 2006)
  Goals of the Course
  Fundamental Questions about Literature
  Valuing Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Literature as ART
  Approaching the Art of Fiction
  Defining the Short Story
  Evaluating Short Fiction
  Craft of Fiction: PLOT
  Craft of Fiction: CHARACTER
  Small Group Exercise
  ARABY by James Joyce
  A note about GIRL
  POE and the art of STORY OF A HOUR
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
  Fiction and Ambiguity - Your Questions
  Writing Workshop - Short Fiction
  Poetry Journal Project Assignment Sheet
  Defining Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry
  Drama and Tragedy
  Study Questions: DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2006)
  Paper #4 Assignment Sheet
  Critical Thinking and Commentary
  Casebook: Evaluating Sources Worksheet
  Selecting Information
  Evaluating Arguments
  CASEBOOK PROJECT Assignment Sheet
  Approaching Persuasive Writing
  Topic Development - Profile Essay
  Generating Ideas for the Profile Essay
  Paper #2 Assignment Sheet
  Profile Exercise
  Objective Writing: Selected Readings
  Writing Workshop: Paper #1
  Expressive Writing in the NYTimes
  Writing Effective Introductions and Conclusions
  Paper #1: IDENTITY
  Expressive Writing
  Open Letter Exercise and Examples
  EMERSON on Individuality vs. Conformity
  Literature related to IDENTITY
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'

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

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Fall 2005)
  One Last Look at Imaginary Worlds
  Franz Kafka's BEFORE THE LAW
  Paper #3: Assignment Sheet
  Paper #4: Independent Project
  The Problem of Stability in BRAVE NEW WORLD
  Analyzing Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD
  Defining Utopia
  Embarking on Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD
  A Reading of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
  From today's news (11/3/05)
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #2
  Goodbye to Dante's Imaginary World
  Stepping Through Dante's Inferno: Cantos 10-34
  Stepping Through Dante's Inferno: Cantos 1-10
  INFERNO: Questions/Analysis: Cantos 32-34
  INFERNO: Questions/Analysis: Cantos 18-31
  INFERNO: Questions for Analysis: Cantos 12-17
  INFERNO: Structure
  INFERNO: Questions for Analysis: Cantos 1-5
  INFERNO: Analyzing Canto 1
  Relating to Dante's Inferno
  Approaching Dante's DIVINE COMEDY
  A Little Help with Dante's INFERNO
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
  Responses to LEAF BY NIGGLE
  ON FAIRY STORIES: An Essay by Tolkien
  Notes on Axolotl
  Reading Ovid's Tales
  From Myth to Literature: Approaching Ovid's Tales
  Functions of the Genesis Tales
  Analyzing Mythic Tales
  Defining Mythology
  Filtering the Introduction to FANTASTIC WORLDS
  Commentary on LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI by Keats
  Commentary on DARKNESS by Byron
  Handout: Imagination Poems Set
  What is Imagination?
  Our Course Theme: Imaginary Worlds
  LIT 165 Assignments: Fall 2005
  LIT 165 Announcements: Fall 2005
  Imaginary Worlds: Course Syllabus

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Fall 2005)
  Paper #4: Independent Thinking/Reading/Writing
  Casebook Preparation Checklist
  Casebook Assignment Schedule
  Evaluating Sources for the Casebook
  Casebook Project Assignment Sheet
  Notes on Rational Argument
  Assignment Sheet: Objective Writing
  Reviewing Elements of the Profile Essay
  Writing the Profile Essay
  Readings: Objective Writing
  Assignment Sheet: Expressive Writing
  Rubric for Evaluation of Writing
  Emerson on Individuality vs. Conformity
  Mind-map: Identity
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Assignments Page
  Announcements Page
  WRT 120 Course Syllabus for Fall 2005

ENG Q20: Basic Writing

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


LIT 165
Announcements and Assignments

TUES. 5/9 (sect. 11)
THURS. 5/11 (sect. 10)

LIT 165-10 (T/R 11:00) which meets in GOSHEN 101A: Your final exam time is Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 am in our classroom.
LIT 165-11 (T/R 12:30) which meets in TYSON 120A: Your final exam time is Tuesday, May 9, at 10:30 am in our classroom.

Both sections: I will collect portfolios along with Paper #4 (Literary Synthesis Project) at the start of the final exam period. 
Assigned April 18
For Thursday, 4/20 and Tuesday, 4/25: Class is cancelled in lieu of individual conferences to discuss the upcoming papers that will be due on 5/2 nd 5/9 (12:30 class) or 5/11 (11:00 class).  Conferences will be held in Main 312.  The assignment sheet for Paper #3: Drama was distributed in class today, as well as group discussion questions for studying Death of a Salesman.  Students wrote individual answers to one of the questions on this handout to substitute for the informal writing  assignment on the course syllabus.  It was announced that there will be a writing workshop for Paper #3 in class on Thursday, 4/27.  Bring a complete draft of Paper #3 to class that day to participate.
Assigned April 6
For Tuesday, 4/11 and Thursday, 4/13: Class will meet in FHG Library to view Death of a Salesman in the basement projection room (IMC area). In class today I distributed notes on "Drama and Tragedy" as well as study questions to guide your reading of "Death of a Salesman." Students completed an in-class  writing exercise to reflect on the poetry journal project that was due today. They also completed a collaborative creative writing project to gain an understanding of the dramatist's craft in creating dialogue and action to reveal character.  You can view the directions for both of those classwork assignments here.
Assigned Mar. 30
For Thursday, 4/6,  Poetry Journal Project is due.  There is no class on Tuesday 4/4.  Optional conferences in my office (Main 312). In class today we discussed irony, ambiguity, symbol, and theme in several assigned poems.  Additional poems were provided in the handout, "Symbol in Poetry."
Assigned Mar. 28
For Thursday, 3/30, Read "Richard Cory" (p. 688), "My Papa's Waltz" (p. 745) and "That Time of Year Thou Mayest In Me Behold" (p. 982).  Continue working on your Poetry Journal Project, which will be due on Thursday, April 6.
Assigned Mar. 23
For Tuesday, 3/28, Read the poems in the catalogue of poems  which were assigned in class.  "Birches," "A Certain Lady," "Midterm Break" and "The Vacuum."  Continue working on your Poetry Journal Project.
Assigned Mar. 21
For Thursday, 3/23, Read the poems in the catalogue of poems  distributed today (or the poems distributed before the break)  to try using  one of the appproaches to reading poetry discussed in class today.  This effort can be used to get you started on your poetry journal project.  Today in class I distibuted notes titled "Reading Poetry," a second catalogue of poems, and an outline to help you organize your thinking about the poems we're studying. I also announced a change to our course syllabus.  The Poetry Journal Project is now the major assessment tool for our poetry unit.  There is no change to the assignment other than the new due date (April 6, unless I announce otherwise)--it is still intended to be an "informal writing" project; the only difference is that this project will be worth 15% of your course grade; the additional formal paper for the poetry unit has been removed from the syllabus. On Thursday we'll be discussing the "craft of poetry" using some of the poems in the handouts and the textbook. 
Assigned Mar. 9
For Tuesday, 3/21, read pp. 563-584 in your textbook.  We will discuss the special demands of  reading poetry  when we return from spring break. You may want to work on your Poetry Journal Project during the break, but it won't be due until the conclusion of our poetry unit in April (the exact date TBA).  ENJOY YOUR SPRING BREAK!!!
Assigned Mar. 7
For Thursday, 3/9, Paper #1 is due and we'll begin our poetry unit.  In class today, students completed a peer review workshop. A handout on writing effective introductions and conclusions was distributed along with the workshop review sheet.  Additionally, the assignment sheets for the Independent Project - Literary Synthesis Essay due at the end of the semester and the Poetry Journal project due at the end of our poetry unit were distributed.  We discussed the aims of each project.
Assigned Mar. 2
On Thursday, 3/2 class was cancelled due to the predicted ice storm.  The writing workshop is RESHEDULED for 3/7 and the due date for the paper is changed to 3/9.  (Hopefully, you received my email with that announcement yesterday.) For Tuesday 3/7, bring a complete, typed draft of your paper to class for peer review and we will conduct our writing workshop so that you can receive feedback on your work before submitting it for a grade.
Assigned Feb. 28
On Thursday, 3/2 there will be a writing workshop in class.  Bring a complete, typed draft of your paper to class for peer review.  This is an excellent time to receive feedback on your work so that you can revise effectively.
Assigned Feb. 21
On Thursday, 2/23 and Tuesday, 2/28 there will be no class. Individual conferences are scheduled instead to discuss your progress on the first formal paper (workshop draft due 3/2; final draft due 3/7). The conferences will be held in my office in Main Hall 312. You can bring your ideas, an outline, or a draft of the paper.
Assigned Feb. 16
For Tuesday, 2/21: Complete the informal writing assignment on the course syllabus (chronological outline).  Think about your topic for Paper #1.  On Tuesday 2/21 you will sign up for an individual conference to discuss your topic ideas.  Today in class I distributed a hand out with questions about "Miss Brill" (p. 252) and asked students to discuss #1-9 in small groups and then write individual answers to #10 (1-2 paragraphs).  Here are the questions you brainstormed in class on Thursday 2/16: "Short Fiction: Ambiguity"
Assigned Feb. 14
For Thursday, 2/16: Read  "Miss Brill" (252) and "Young Man on Sixth Avenue" (available online).
Assigned Feb. 9
For Tuesday, 2/14: Read  "How to Tell a True War Story" (473) and "A Solderiers Home" (154). Then revisit the handout I distributed a few weeks ago and which we looked at in class today ("APPROACHING THE ART OF SHORT FICTION") to observe more closely what the other writers have to say about the art of the short story.  Then write 1-2 paragraphs (informal writing, but please type) connecting what one of these authors have to say with one of the stories assigned for  class on Tuesday 2/14.
Assigned Feb. 7
For Thursday, 2/9: Write one paragraph (please type) which analyzes/synthesizes at least two of the stories we've read so far--some suggestions for comparing/contrasting were given in class (you can see them here).  Additionally, write three questions about any of the stories I've assigned so far. These questions can be on the same page with your paragraph. Although any kind of question is acceptable, see if you can  write at least one or more analytical questions that encourage a deep reading of the story or stories.  There is no new reading assignment this week; I've cancelled the two stories that are on the outline for Thursday.  We may return to them later.  Use the time this week to read back over some of the more challenging stories you've already read so far and to reflect on how these stories relate to our rites of passage course theme.
Assigned Feb. 2
Due Tuesday, 2/7: Read the next three stories on the course outline: “Girl” (517) “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” (handout/online) and “Lust” (282).  In class today (Thurs., 2/2, students completed an in-class small group discussion and writing exercise.  If you missed class, you can make up the work if you email it to me before class on 2/7).  Also, I explained in class today that any works listed as available on "e-reserves" in the course outline will instead be availalbe on this course website. That includes "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates due this week.
Assigned Jan. 26
Due Thursday, 2/2: Read "Araby" and "Love in L.A." ("Araby" is not available on e-reserve, but you can print out a copy or read the story online. Here's a link to a few analytical essays about "Araby."
Assigned Jan. 24
Due Thursday, 1/26: Read "A & P" and "Eveline" in your textbook.  We'll continue to discuss the art of fiction.  Keep "The Story of an Hour" and "A Sorrowful Woman" in mind; re-read if necessary.
Assigned Jan. 19
Due Tuesday, 1/24: Complete the INFORMAL WRITING ASSIGNMENT in your course outline listed in Week 1 and read two short stories: "The Story of an Hour" (p. 15) and "The Sorrowful Woman" (p. 38). 
Assigned Jan. 17
Due Thursday, 1/19: Write about your response to the story you chose in your textbook







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