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


WRT 120
Announcements and Assignments

WED. 5/10
FRI. 5/12
I will be available for optional conferences in my office during the final exam period.
May 1

For Wed.  5/3: Portfolios are due today.  Remember to include all four major assignments, the checklist, and your completed self-assessement questionnaire.
Apr. 17

For Fri. 4/21, Mon. 4/24, and Wed. 4/26: Individual conferences are scheduled in lieu of class.  The conferences are held in Main 312; we'll discuss your topics for the independent project (paper #4).  The assigment sheet for paper #4 was distributed in class today and will be available online and students signed up for conferences.  The conference sign-up sheet will be available here shortly.
Apr. 7

For Mon. 4/10: In class or before class, complete your casebook introductions; review and edit your abstracts; begin outlining or composing your argumentative conclusion. 
Apr. 5

For Fri 4/7: Complete your analysis and evaluation of the four sources you've chosen to feature in your casebook.  In keeping with the schedule distributed in class, you should be ready to compose or review your casebook's introduction by Friday, 4/7.
Apr. 3

For Wed. 4/5: We'll continue to work on analyzing and evaluating the four sources you've chosen to feature in your casebook using the criteria discussed in the handout "Selecting Articles."  You'll have time on Wed. and Fri. to meet in your groups to complete the worksheets distributed on Monday.  These worksheets should be completed by the end of class on Friday, 4/7.  Here's an example of a completed worksheet.
Mar. 24

For Fri. 3/31: We will meet once again in the library computer classroom; FHG 309.  Students will use class time to meet in their groups and search for appropriate casebook sources.
Mar. 24

For Mon. 3/27: Re-read chapter 3 in The Call to Write, especially the exchange of letters between Darcy Peters and Marcus Boldt on pp. 75-76.  Do some preliminary research on the possible casebook topics you discussed in your groups on Friday.  Read and print "Approaching Persuasive Writing" to further help you clarify the aims of persuasive writing.  On Monday each group will decide on their casebook topic.  Reminder: we are scheduled to meet in FHG library on Wednesday, March 29.  We will not meet in our classroom; go directly to room 309--the computer classroom on the third floor.
Mar. 10

For Mon. 3/20: Read Chapter 3 in The Call to Write.  Think about arguable topics that might interest you to explore for the Casebook Project .
Mar. 6

For Wed. 3/8: Bring three copies of your draft to class today to participate in a  peer review exercise for revision and editing.
Mar. 3

For Mon. 3/6: Group conferences will be held in Main 312 in lieu of class. If you forgot your time you can look it up here.  You can bring questions about your topic, an outline, or a draft to the conference.  In class today we worked on several invention and planning exercises to prepare you to draft your profile essay.
Mar. 1

For Fri. 3/3: In class today we discussed the assignment sheet for Paper #2.  The assignment is to work with the assignment sheet to generate ideas for topics for Paper #2 and to bring your text, The Call to Write, to class on Fri., 3/3 to work on invention and planning exercises.  I also announced that, at the end of class on Friday,  group conferences will be scheduled in lieu of class on  Monday 3/6.  Conferences will be held in Main 312 during class time. 
Feb. 27

For Wed. 3/1: There is no new assignment, but you can get a preview of the upcoming Profile Essay assignment by looking at the writing assignment in Chapter 7 of The Call to Write  (p. 248-249).  An assignment sheet will be distributed in class on Wed. 3/1 .  In class today we continued analyzing the readings, this time looking for examples of objective and subjective description in "Soldiers of Christ I."
Feb. 24

For Mon. 2/27: (1) Re-read “Soldiers of Christ I” and find three examples of subjective description and three examples of objective desciption.  You can highlight these in the article rather than write them on a separate sheet. Today in class we discussed your responses to  Wednesday's group analysis of "The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life," discussed the difference between objective and subjective description, and worked with the list of observations you generated for homework. If you didn't complete the exercise in class on Friday, complete the writing exercise on observing and describing and bring it to class on Monday along with list of observations you generated for homework on Friday. 
Feb. 22

For Fri. 2/24: (1) Read “Soldiers of Christ I” and prepare to work with it in class in  a way similar to the one  we used to analyze the last reading.  (2) Pick a spot anywhere on campus and spend 15-30 minutes (or more) closely observing. List as many specific observations as you can about the place, the people, the atmosphere.  Bring your list to class on Friday. 
Feb. 20

For Wed. 2/22:  Read "The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life," one of the several articles distributed in class today.  We'll work with ths reading in class on Wednesday.  In class today we began discussing the goals of objective writing and students completed an in-class reflection writing exercise to hand in along with the final draft of Paper #1.
Feb. 17

For Mon. 2/20:  The final draft of  Paper #1 is due. Read chapters 7 and 8 and in The Call to Write and complete the interview assignment (see below).
Feb. 10

For 2/13 - 2/17 and Mon. 2/20: Classes are cancelled for individual conferences in Main 312.  If you forgot your day/time, you can look it up here. While classes are cancelled students should complete the following reading/writing assignment--read Chapters 7 and 8 in The Call to Write.  You'll notice that chapter 7 discusses the profile essay; ths is an option many students choose for paper #2.  Your writing assignment is to practice one of the skills that can be useful for writing profiles: the interview.  I'd like you to interview a friend of a family member.  Compose 10-15 questions and bring either a transcipt or a summary of your interview to class on Monday 2/20.  The final draft of your paper is also due on Monday 2/20.
Feb. 6

For Wed. 2/8: Bring a complete (3-5 pages), typed rough draft of Paper #1 to class  to participate in a rough draft workshop.  In class today we discussed what's meant by the "writing process" and how that applies to our method in the course. Students worked on planning Paper #1 by trying to use one of the introduction strategies on the handout which was distributed and then sketching an outline of the rest of their papers. These introductions/outlines were not collected but points were given to students who engaged in this work in class.  Announcements in class today: (1) after the rough draft workshop on Wednesday we'll have a revision workshop this Friday (2/10) when you'll hand in your revised draft to me; (2) individual conferences will be scheduled next week in lieu of class.  The due date for the final draft of  Paper #1 is Mon., 2/20.
Feb. 3

Working with the assignment sheet and Fridays's in-class exercise, decide on your topic for Paper #1 by Mon., 2/6.
Jan. 27

For Mon. 1/30:  Stay on top of  your reading; make sure you've completed  chapters 4 and 5 in The Call to Write.  Read the course notes on expressive writing and the further examples of open letters posted on the course website. If you missed class today (Fri., 1/27) you can make up the in-class writing exercise for partial credit if you turn your work in  by class time Mon. 1/30.
Jan. 25

For Fri. 1/27: Read the Call to Write, chapters 4 and 5, which discuss two genres of expressive writing, the "open letter" and the "memoir."
Jan. 23

For Wed 1/25: Read the file on the course website called "Understanding the Rhetorical Situation."  Optionally, you can also read "Emerson on Inviduality vs. Conformity."  In The Call to Write, read the Intro. to PART I ( pp. 2-5) and Chapter 2.
Jan. 20

For Monday 1/23: Complete the Freestyle Writing: Identity assignment.








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