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

~~ Paper # 2: Objective Writing ~~

Objectives: (1) to choose a form to practice objective writing: either the “profile essay” or the “report”; (2) to craft the message (in style and content) according to the demands of the chosen form; (3) to continue to practice techniques for generating ideas (brainstorming, freewriting, mind-mapping); (4) to continue to practice revision, and in revising to consider the larger rhetorical situation: the ways in which the needs of the writer, the subject, and the audience can all be successfully accommodated in a piece of writing; (5) to practice careful editing and proofreading.

Directions: Choosing either the profile essay or the report, write a 3-5 page paper that informs readers about a subject of your choice.  In the case of the profile, you can choose to write about a person, a group of people, or a place.  In the case of the report you should choose as your subject a significant social issue that you think readers need to be more informed about.  If you choose to write a “fact sheet,” you’ll need to do some research to learn some detailed information about your subject; to streamline this research I’ve compiled a list of currently published reports (see below) available on the Internet.  You can use one of these or search for information on your own, either online or in the library.  It’s not necessary to print out your source as long as you include the URL in a footnote.  Whichever project you choose to work on, your paper should be written in a style appropriate to your purpose; whereas the profile may sometimes contain expressive elements like impressionistic description and a first person point of view, the fact sheet should be written in a strictly objective style—in a consistent third person point of view.

Thinking about your rhetorical choices. The readings we’ve discussed in class, along with the readings in your textbook (chapters 7 and 8) have demonstrated the demands of each of the these objective forms.  “The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life” and “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s most powerful megachurch” are both profile articles that exemplify how the profile has both objective and expressive aims: it communicates information about its subject while also communicating the writer’s impressions of the subject.  If you write a profile you will decide if you want it to be mostly objective, mostly expressive, or an equal mixture of the two.

If you choose to work on one of the report projects Trimbur suggests (Chapter 8, p. 289), study the way Mark Crispin Miller, in his article “None Dare Call it Stolen,” pulls facts from the Conyers report, “What Went Wrong in Ohio,” in order to further explain, amplify, or emphasize them to his readers.  You can also study the Executive Summary of that report to see how the report writers themselves present what they consider to be the most important factual findings that the report has to offer.  Furthermore, you can study the examples in your textbook (chapter 8) and on the course website; look for the link in the Notes section called “Fact Sheets: Examples.”  If you decide to write a fact sheet you will aim to make it as informative as possible; your goal is to help readers understand what they need to know about an important social issue. 

Starting your profile essay:  Read Trimbur’s directions in The Call to Write (pp. 249, #1-5) to help you find a subject for an interesting profile essay. Try some of his Invention Exercises on ppl 250 253: Finding a Subject, Clarifying Your Purpose, Developing a Statement of Purpose, Deciding on the Dominant Impression, Arranging Your Material).

Starting your “report” project: Read the assignment directions in Chapter 8, p. 289-90 and choose a project from the ones that Trimbur suggests.  You can also visit one of the websites listed below and search for a report on a topic of interest to you.  A few sample reports are listed first; any of these can serve as a reliable source of information from which to create a report style paper or a “fact sheet.”

Sample Reports Online

Informational Websites
Many reports are available at these websites:

Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG)
PennPIRG Front Page
PennPIRG “conducts investigative research, publishes reports and exposés, advocates new laws, and, when necessary, takes corporate wrongdoers or unresponsive government to court.”

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch Front Page
Investigative reporting dedicated to protecting human rights around the globe.

Znet Resources
Znet Resources Page
A leftist, progressive site emphasizing the need for social change.






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