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  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
  Ambiguity
  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
  WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Joyce Carol Oates
  Our RITES OF PASSAGE Theme
  A note about GIRL
  POE and the art of STORY OF A HOUR
  THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
  YOUNG MAN ON SIXTH AVENUE
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
  Fiction and Ambiguity - Your Questions
  Writing Workshop - Short Fiction
  Poetry Journal Project Assignment Sheet
  LITERARY SYNTHESIS PROJECT
  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
  Analyzing THE FIVE BEDROOM, SIX FIGURE ROOTLESS LIFE
  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
  Analyzing WAITING FOR GODOT
  Approaching WAITING FOR GODOT
  Paper #3: Assignment Sheet
  Paper #4: Independent Project
  The Problem of Stability in BRAVE NEW WORLD
  UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA Links
  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
  Notes on LEAF BY NIGGLE
  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
  Notes on THE EYE OF THE GIANT
  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
  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
  About SKIN DEEP
  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

 
 Topics in Literature: Rites of Passage
Paper #1: Short Fiction

PRINTER FRIENDLY ASSIGNMENT SHEET
 
Assigned Readings
The Flowers (handout/online)
The Story of an Hour (p. 15)
The Sorrowful Woman (p. 38)
A & P (p. 553)
Eveline (p. 432)]
Araby (handout/online)
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (online)
Lust (p.282)
Girl (p. 517)
Soldiers Home (p. 154)
How to Tell a True War Story (p. 473)
Miss Brill (p. 252)
Young Man on Sixth Avenue (online)

Optional Readings
The Birthmark (p. 328)
Popular Mechanics (p. 264)
The Yellow Wallpaper (online)
The Lesson (online)
Half a Day (online)
Barn Burning (p. 400)
Young Goodman Brown (309)
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (handout)
 
Directions:  Develop your own specific topic based on either an expressive, objective, persuasive, or creative approach to the readings.  Your paper should engage one or more of the assigned or optional readings in depth. Research to supplement your own critical/analytical commentary is strictly optional, but if you do include researched material from a source other than our textbook, you are responsible for documenting it correctly using MLA style parenthetical documentation.  You are invited to work with a text(s) not on the reading list as long as you include in your discussion at least one text from either the assigned or optional lists above.

Final Paper requirements: 4-6 pages; typed; double-spaced
Topic development due: Thursday 2/23 or Tuesday 2/28 (in conference)
Workshop draft due: Thursday 3/2
Final Paper due: Due Tuesday 3/7
Topic Approaches
These are suggestive, not exclusive.
EXPRESSIVE
Develop a paper that explores the your feeling about the relevance of one or more of the stories on the reading list. Test the work’s value by exploring how it relates to your own life experiences.  Use the literature as a springboard to inspire a discussion of your own personal opinions, responses, and feelings about some of the broad themes you can identify relating to “rites of passage.”  What have been your own “rites of passage” from childhood to adulthood, and how do they relate to the experiences you’ve read about?  
  • What was a profound moment of change in your life in which you passed from innocence to experience?
  • What experiences have you had that either empowered you or paralyzed you in some profound way?
  • What was a profound moment in your life when your childhood illusions and fantasies were invaded by “reality”?  Did this invasion of reality result in growth or disillusionment, or a combination of the two?
Synthesize your understanding of your own personal experiences with your understanding of the fictional experience(s).

OBJECTIVE
Develop a paper that objectively analyzes and/or interprets the meaning of one or more of the works on the reading list.
  • Write a comparative analysis of two or more stories on the readings lists above.
  • Write a synthesis essay which traces the development of a common theme through more than one work.
  • Analyze one or more of the stories to demonstrate the ways in which they illustrate ideas about the art of fiction discussed in class and in the handouts.
  • Present an interpretive analysis of plot, character, theme, symbol, or conflict in one or more of the works on the readings lists above.  (Note: analysis = observation + inference; your inferences are your interpretations.)
  • Write an evaluative critique by establishing and applying evaluative criteria to one or more of the works on the reading lists above.

PERSUASIVE
Identify one or more elements (plot, character, symbol, theme) in one of the works listed above which might be considered debatable or ambiguous and then argue for a particular interpretation. Acknowledge other interpretations but prove, by your close analysis of the details in the text, that your interpretation is a convincing one.

CREATIVE
Write a short story about a character who moves from a state of innocence to experience; or about a character who becomes empowered by a particular experience; or about a character who becomes paralyzed when faced with an opportunity to grow and change; or about a character who experiences a sense of disillusionment as a result of a significant experience.


 

 

 

     

 


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