West Chester University

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

West Chester University

Fall 2002



Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  ENG 020 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Notes on the Art of Fiction: Early Forms
  The Short Story
  Graduate Students Define the Art of Fiction
  Bartleby the Scrivener - Questions for Analysis
  Notes on Melville
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  A Vocabulary for Short Fiction and Beyond
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry
  A Catalogue of Poems
  Notes on Langston Hughes
  Lines of Continuity
  Poetry Take Home Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  A Doll House
  Study Guide for the Final Exam
  A Glossary of Literary Terms

Notes for Basic Writing (ENG 020)
  The Rhetorical Situation
  Essay #1 Assignment Sheet
  Workshop Assignment for Essay#1
  How to Write Descriptively
  Building a Thesis
  Overcoming Reader's Block
  Analysis and the Culture of Advertising
  Essay #2 Assignment Sheet
  Writing Effective Introductions
  Writing Effective Conclusions
  Propaganda Analysis
  Politics and the English Language
  Propaganda: A Sample Analysis
  Midterm Exam: Tips for Writing on the Spot
  Notes on Rational Argument
  Mapping the Parts of an Arugment

General Announcements
  Announcements for LIT 165
  Assignments for LIT 165
  Announcements for ENG 020
  Assignments for ENG 020


Go Exploring
  A Weblog for LIT 165
  A Weblog for ENG 020

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  LIT 165 Discussion List
  ENG 020 Discussion List


~~ Workshop Excercise for Essay#1 ~~


Writing Workshop Exercise for Essay #1

Directions: Working as a group, analyze each essay carefully according to the questions below. Work on ONE PAPER AT A TIME, discussing each question and recording each person's suggestions/responses (you can combine responses to save space). At the end of the session, each writer should have a completed worksheet on his/her own essay that will be due with the final draft next Tuesday.

Essay Focus

Locate the thesis of the essay. Copy the thesis sentence in the space below so you can analyze it closely.

Now evaluate the thesis sentence based on whether it is:

a subject and an assertion about the subject
a general statement
an explicit statement
a complex enough statement that merits extensive development

Write your suggestions below:

Essay Development: Does the writer make good use of description and narration to make the essay expressive? (REVIEW Quick Access p. 39)

DESCRIPTION (painting vivid images with words; making the reader experience something through your use of sensory language-language that appeals to the five senses). Note where the essay is especially descriptive below. What do you think the writer does well here?



Where in the essay can the writer include more description? (more adjectives, more sensory detail, more concrete, specific words, etc.)



NARRATION (telling a brief story that might help us understand a particular characteristic, or several). Note where the essay uses storytelling to involve the reader in the learning event described. Where is this use of story telling effective? Where could it be more effective?

Further considerations

Consider how well the essay is organized. Are the paragraphs unified and coherent (review the syllabus to help you define and apply these principles). Note below any problems you notice in the essay's overall unity and coherence. Note specific paragraphs that may need work.


Consider how well the essay is structured. Does it provide an engaging introduction and conclusion?


What kinds of corrections did you make to the essay? (Grammar, punctuation, spelling?) Be as specific as you can.


How would you describe the writer's "style"? (Review the syllabus to help you clarify this general term as it applies to writing.)







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