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
The Profile

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Objectives: (1) to choose, on your own, a suitable subject for a profile essay; (2) to meet the objective as well as the expressive aims of the profile genre;  (3) to closely observe your subject and then communicate those observations by using a combination of objective and subjective description, as well as any supplemental information you might consider necessary; (4) to continue to practice techniques for generating ideas (brainstorming, freewriting, mind-mapping); (5) 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; (6) to practice careful editing and proofreading.

Directions: Choose a suitable subject for a profile essay and write a 4-5 page profile essay.  You can choose to write about a person, a group of people, or a place.  Further suggestions for topics are below.

Recalling the aims of the profile essay
The factual information and the objective description you provide have the effect of informing readers about your subject.  This kind of content meets the objective aims of the profile.  The impressions you communicate through subjective description—the words you choose to create a positive or negative impression about your subject—have the effect of making readers feel a certain way about your subject.  This kind of content meets the expressive aims of the profile. As the writer you will decide how expressive and how objective you want your profile to be.  You can choose to write a mostly objective or mostly expressive profile, or a profile that provides an equal mixture of the two.  In the end, readers should come away from your paper knowing something about your subject and also about your impression, or your feeling, toward your subject.

Recall the way the readings we’ve discussed in class, as well as the readings in Chapter 7, have demonstrated the subtle way profile essays blend objective and expressive content.  “The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life” and “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s most powerful megachurch” are both profile essays that blend information and impression in sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle ways.

Starting your profile essay
Read Trimbur’s suggestions for choosing a topic for a profile essay in The Call to Write (pp. 249, #1-5).  If you can’t think of an interesting subject for your profile, this may get you started.  To further help you get started, you can work on completing one or more of the “Invention” exercises: Finding a Subject (p. 250), Clarifying Your Purpose (p. 251), Developing a Statement of Purpose (p. 251), Deciding on the Dominant Impression (p. 252), Arranging Your Material (p. 253).

Some general ideas for writing profiles: people, places, events

  • Go to a familiar place (the quad, a dorm lounge, the library, a favorite hangout) and closely observe the details of the physical space, the people, and the kinds of activities going on to write a profile of the place.  Conduct one or more interviews to include the personalities of the people who visit this place, so that you can represent their attitudes about it in addition to your own.
  • Write about a person you know who you feel represents someone “typical” (as the Links are a “typical” relo family, or New Life a typical “megachurch”).  Some examples might be: the typical WCU student, the typical student-athlete, the typical RA.  You can use your imagination and find someone you would be interested in observing and writing about.
  • Write about a person who seems entirely unique to you and present this person in in a profile essay that emphasizes and highlights that uniqueness. Conduct an interview if you can.
  • Closely observe someone from a different generation to discover some significant differences in perspective between you and this person.  You can arrive at an understanding of these differences based on your own observations, or you can try to conduct an interview with one or more people from that particular generation.
  • Write an informative profile of someone already well known (a great contemporary or historical figure, an artist, a celebrity, a political personality, a sports hero, etc.) but make an attempt to present this person to your readers in a light of your own impressions or unique perspective.
  • Write an informative profile about WCU.  Include information about the campus as well as your impressions of several aspects of campus life.  You have the ability to provide an insider’s view. Take your readers behind the curtain, beyond the confines of the typical promotional brochure.






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