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


~~ Assignments ~~

Class will meet during the final exam period.  You will complete an in-class reflection exercise and turn in your final portfolio. The final exam schedule is available here.

MWF 10:00 am meets on Friday Dec. 16 at 10:30 am in TYSON 120A.
MWF 1:00pm meets on Friday Dec. 16 at 1:00 pm in MAIN 316.

11/28 -12/2
Monday, 11/28: We'll review our understanding of the "rhetorical situation" and discuss you choices for Paper #4.  Individual conferences are scheduled in lieu of the next three class periods.  If you've forgotten the time, you can look it up here.  Have a draft of your paper in class on Wed. 12/7.
11/21 - 11/25
Monday 11/21: Casebooks are due.  NO class Wed. and Fri.  Happy Thanksgiving!! The assignment sheet for Paper #4 will be distibuted in class and is available for download here.
11/14 - 11/18
Monday 11/14: Edit Introduction, Headnotes, Endnotes; compose argumentative conclusion outline. Wednesday, 11/16: Review/edit argumentative conclusion. Friday, 11/18: Assemble Casebook; finishing touches.  See Casebook Assignment Schedule.
11/7 - 11/11
Monday 11/7: Class time will be spent in the library gathering sources and completing source evaluation worksheets.  Wednesday, 11/9: Bring all sources to class to finish filling out "Evaluation of Sources" worksheets. Friday, 11/11: Complete evaluation worksheets; compose or review headnotes and endnotes for each of your four featured articles; draft your casebook "Introduction."  See Casebook Assignment Schedule.
10/31 - 11/4
Class is meeting in the library on Wed. 11/2 and Fri. 11/4.  Wednesday's canceled orientation is rescheduled for Friday.  Meet in FHG LIBRARY's computer classroom--3rd floor (309).
10/24 - 10/28
For Monday, 10/24: Bring an editorial from a major newspaper to to class.  For Wednesday, 10/26: Brainstorm topic ideas--debatable, arguable issues; 10am section--bring your editorial from a major newspaper to class. 
10/17 - 10/21
For Monday, 10/17: Writing Workshop (revision and editing). Bring three copies of your draft to class to work with in small groups. For Wed. 10/19:  Final draft of Paper #2 is due.  For Friday 10/21: Read chapter 3 in The Call to Write.  Bring your textbook to class.
10/10 - 10/14
No class Monday 10/10 (Fall Break).  For Wed. 10/12: Settle  on your topic for Paper #2 (see the assignment sheet); we'll work on generating and organizing ideas for your rough draft.
10/3 - 10/7
For Monday 10/3: Repeat the exercise you worked on in class today with the essay from Harpers, "Soldiers of Christ I."  If you need to print the article, you can do that from here.  If you need to look at the exercise again, here's an assignment sheet for Monday.  Remember to bring in at least one picture of a person, group of people, or place.  The picture can be from your personal collection, a magazine, or the Internet. 
9/26 - 9/30
The final draft of Paper #1 is due on Monday, 9/26.  Read Chapters 7 and 8 for Wednesday, 9/28.  Read the articles in the handouts for Friday, 9/30 ("The Soldiers of Christ I" and "The Five Bedroom, Six Figure Rootless Life").  Online versions of these readings are in the WRT 120 Notebook section of this site.
Special note to MWF 10:00am class: Sorry about the messed up handout!  You can print readable versions by going here.
9/19 - 9/23
Conferences continue on 9/19; writing workshop on 9/21--bring 3 copies of your draft to class; editing workshop on 9/23--bring your draft to class in "isolated sentences" format.
9/12 - 9/16
Read chapters 1,2,4,5 in The Call to Write for Monday.  There will be a brief  quiz this week on that material.  For Wed. 9/14, bring brainstorm three or four topic ideas for each genre we've discussed (letter, memoir, response to literature).  Bring your list to class.  We'll discuss them as we go over the formal assignment sheet for the first formal paper.
9/7 - 9/9

Read all the poems and stories in the handout distributed in class last week.  We'll continue to explore materials that help us think about the topic of "identity."  Read "You Are Exhausted By Risk" for Friday (10:00 am Tyson Hall class--I'm aware of the missing back page on your handout!  One of these days, your copies will come out right...)

8/29 - 9/2 Read the syllabus carefully, as well as the assigned readings from the handout "Poems and Stories about Identity."  This week you'll  need to write a brief paper in class (about your thoughts on writing) and a brief "mini-paper" for homework on the topic of "identity." The writing homework is due in class on Friday, Sept. 2.  Specific directions for this assignment will be announced in class and then posted here.







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