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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
  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

 
SELECTING ARTICLES

How do you know you have the best information available?  Look for these qualities:
  • It’s highly informative
  • It’s highly reliable/credible.
  • It’s highly persuasive.
  • It’s current enough to be relevant to your topic.
INFORMATIVE
Informative articles teach readers important facts about an issue.  Put yourself in the shoes of someone who know little or nothing about this issue.  What will readers learn this particular source?  How about someone who already knows something about the issue—what might those readers know that they might not have known before?  Will readers come away being well-informed after reading this article? 
  • Note the amount of fact vs. the amount of “spin” (spin=unsupported opinion)
  • Is there information that might become compelling evidence?
RELIABLE/CREDIBLE
Reliable information is information that has a high degree of credibility.  Credibility can stem from a variety of reasons: the information may be well documented, factual rather than opinionated, compelling because it presents a reasoned argument with strong evidence.   If there are opinions they are expressed by acknowledged experts in the field whose credentials are trustworthy.  Information is often considered credible, too, based on where it is published.  Is the publisher, whether that be a newspaper, website, book publisher, or magazine publisher a respected source of information?  What motives might the publisher have other than “truth”?  (Is there a profit motive, or political bias, or some other barrier to objectivity that you can identify?)
  • Note the credentials of the author and/or the publisher.
  • Note whether the experts or authorities in the field are the ones expressing opinions, and whether or not they have reputable credentials.
  • Note whether the writer’s tone and language is fair, balanced, and “coolheaded” rather than hot-tempered, irrational, overly emotional, or one-sided.
PERSUASIVE
A persuasive article is one that makes a convincing claim.  Readers may have disagreed with the writer going in, but find they agree on the way out.  The claim is so well supported by logical reasoning and evidence and the counterarguments are so effectively refuted that there’s no choice but to agree with the writer’s claim. 
  • Does the writer state the claim clearly? (Evaluate the quality of the claim.  Is it arguable, or has the writer set up a “straw man”—claiming something no one actually disagrees with in the first place?)
  • Is the claim supported by logical reasoning and evidence?  (Evaluate the validity of the reasoning, and the quality of the evidence—if there is any). 
  • Does the article acknowledge opposing views and convincingly refute them by more than mere contradiction?
CURRENT
The most current information carries the strongest weight in an argument.  Depending on your topic, information may get old after one year, two years, five years, or twenty-five years.  You have to use your judgment.  Ask:
  • What would make this information outdated?  Who might see it as outdated and why?
  • Has there been newer information available since the date of publication, and how might that newer information affect conclusions drawn here?
Types of Sources: Advantages/Disadvantages

Newspapers: (+) current, easy to read; (-) sensationalized; biased; incomplete picture; unauthoritative

Magazines: (+) more depth than newspapers, easy to read;
(-) sensationalized; biased; incomplete picture; unauthoritative

Journals: (+) tend to be more in depth and more objective; usually authors are experts or authorities;
(-) can be more difficult to read

Scholarly sources: (+) peer review insures depth, accuracy, credibility, and reliability of information; authors tend to be experts or authorities; (-) vocabulary can be challenging; articles can be very lengthy and difficult to read

Books: (+) depending on the publisher, they provide solid research and depth; authoritative authors; (-) might not be as current as periodical articles

Websites:
(+) super-easy access; huge variety; (-) often web sites have a political bias and may intentionally slant information; sometimes the writers may lack credibility or authority; the materials may be poorly organized, incomplete, or sensationalized. 

 

 

 

     

 


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