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

~~ Rough Draft Workshop 2 — The Language of Advertising~~

Directions: After carefully reading the draft, reread it, this time with the intention of commenting on it along the way. Write notes in the margins, underline passages you want to draw attention to, place a question mark or asterisk where you find the text confusing. Make sure your comments and suggestions go beyond mere editing. There's no need to edit the draft at this stage, as you know. When you've finished reading and commenting on the draft, take out a sheet of paper, put your name on it, and write to the author:

  1. Discuss your reaction to the ad(s) the writer is analyzing. Share what reactions you yourself have to the ad, what you think is interesting or compelling about it. Is this an ad you might have used yourself for this assignment? Why or why not? Would you have noticed the same things the writer did? Is there anything you noticed about the ad that the writer didn't mention in the paper? Explain.
  2. Point out what you feel are the writer's strengths in this draft. You can use some of the following questions to guide your comments. What strikes you as accomplished particularly well? What seems most powerful to you about this paper? What were the paper's highlights, the places where you read with the most interest? What aspect of the analysis did you find most interesting or informative? Did the writer help you to view the ad in a new way? Was the quality of the writing-the blend of style and substance-something you found impressive?
  3. Point out areas of the paper that you think need improvement. You can use some of the following questions to guide your comments. Is the overall structure (introduction, body, conclusion) in place? Is the thesis clear and worded effectively? Do you know exactly what the writer wants to analyze in the essay? Does the writer use effective supporting detail to make general assertions more vivid and powerful? Are the paragraphs, and the sentences within the paragraphs, unified and coherent? Is there an effective introduction? Is the thesis of the paper worded effectively?
  4. Scan through the paper one last time to recheck focus, organization, development, unity, coherence and style. What are some of the ways you think the writing can be improved, other than by correcting errors you might notice?
  5. Lastly, indicate to the writer whether or not you found it difficult or easy to relate to the analysis of the ad(s). Did the subject touch any chord in you, or did you feel indifferent towards it. If you felt indifferent, is there something you can suggest to the writer that will help him/her improve your level of interest?

Focus - Find the sentence that states the paper's thesis. That is very important for an analytical essay. Does the writer have an explicit thesis, or is the main idea stated too broadly? Locate the sentence or group of sentences that express the essay's controlling idea and underline it/them. Write "THESIS?" in the margin to direct the writer's attention directly to this component of the essay. Do you come away from the paper feeling like it has communicated a clear message that you could articulate for yourself?

Organization - Is the paper arranged in a logical fashion? Do you have any suggestions about how the writer might improve the sequence of paragraphs? When you look at the paragraphs individually, do they seem unified and coherent, or will the writer have to work on some of them to make sure the sentences are arranged logically?

Development - Does the paper use enough supporting detail to make general assertions clear and convincing? Does the writer ever rely on common rhetorical modes of development like description, compare/contrast, illustration, definition, classification, cause/effect analysis, process analysis, analogy? Where might one of more of these strategies be applied to fully explain something that seems only half explained?

Style - Does the writer consistently maintain an objective tone, using 3rd person p.o.v. when appropriate? (That's not to say that expressive elements can't enter into the discussion as long as the primary goal is to write an objective analysis.)







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