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  LIT 165 Syllabus
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  WRT 120 Syllabus
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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'

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  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

 
GENERATING IDEAS FOR THE PROFILE ESSAY

  
1.  Brainstorming
At the bottom of your assignment sheet and on p. 249 of The Call to Write, you can find many suggestions for possible topics for writing profile essays.  Use as many of these suggestions as you can to brainstorm a list of subjects that might appeal to you.  Write everything that occurs to you—don’t censor anything. When you feel like you’ve completed your list, mark the two topics that seem most promising, and if you find yourself waiting for the rest of the class to catch up, free write about either one of them until the time is up.

2. Clarifying your direction
On a separate sheet of paper, answer the five questions under “Developing a
Statement of Purpose”:
  1. Why are you interested in this subject?  What led you to choose it?  What kind of attitude do you have towards it?  What’s your feeling about it?
  2. Broadly, what do you feel confident that you already know about this subject?  How did you come by this knowledge?
  3. What do other people think of the subject you’re writing about?  Is your view different than theirs?  Do you have a unique perspective?  
  4. Have you observed your subject directly?  Will you rely on memory or on informal kinds of research?  (This is not a research paper; however, if you do conduct any type of research, be sure not to plagiarize.) Do you think it would be a good idea to include interview material?  What information would you like readers to have about your subject?
  5. What’s your “purpose” for writing this profile?  What should readers come away with?

3.  What to describe?
  • What are 3-5 things you will want to describe vividly in your profile?  Make a list, then brainstorm some descriptive words for each item on your list.
  • Choose a significant person in your profile and write a one paragraph description of this person.
4. Deciding on the Dominant Impression  
Your profile should be informative, but it shouldn’t be completely neutral.  Readers will learn about your subject but they will also learn what your impression of your subject has been.  Your profile should ultimately convey, as Trimbur explains, “a point of view—a way of seeing and understanding the significance of the person being profiled.” He suggests using the several questions (p. 252) to help you figure out your “dominant impression.”  Here are a few:
  1. What is the most interesting, unusual, or important thing you have discovered about your subject?
  2. What are your own feelings about your subject?
  3. Can you think of two or more dominant impressions you could create to give readers a way of understanding your subject?
5.  Group activity
The goal is to verbally discuss your topic ideas and what you’ve established so far in small groups. Share your ideas with one another and when you’re listening, offer feedback.  Hearing your partners’ topics, what are you most curious to know?  If you were reading the finished profile, what would you hope to learn?  You can offer your own impression of the subject if you have one.  Writers, take note of what you’re hearing.  Jot down what your classmates are most curious to know and what their impressions are; you may get a sense of the uniqueness of your own perspective this way.

 

 

 

     

 


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