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Critical Response Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 7 of the 10 possible short critical and analytical response papers; response papers for Week 1 and Week 5 are strongly recommended of all students. Each week, response papers are due on Friday by 5 PM. Papers are submitted electronically via Collect It:

American Literature Critical Review -- a 500-700 word analytical review of a text you would think could be or should be included in our class. Critical Reviews are to be posted to the class blog.

Mash-Up "Mixed-Paper" Final Project -- a final paper "collection" where you will You will 1) identify a critical question, claim, or concept that will frame and organize your project; 2) write a page of introduction, a kind of prologue to the project explaining your overall goals; 3) select and revise and order four of your Critical Response Papers, which fit, explore, or support your organizing analytic; 4) include between each part of the project a combination of image, verse, or quotes from the readings or outside research that provides transition and furthers your analytical ‘story’; 5) write a page of conclusion, a kind of epilogue to the project; and 6) an academic bibliography with at least five, recent, relevant, and useful sources.

Organizing the Mixed Paper -- suggestions and strategies for developing an organizational analytic and making connections in your "mixed-paper" final project.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

ENGL242 Student Info Sheet & Release Form

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format


There are ten novels required by the class in addition to a handful of short readings. The novels are available via the UW Bookstore (or through any reputable bookstore, many of which can be found at used bookstores). All of the short readings for class are available via the (university’s e-reserves). Consult the course syllabus for the week's required reading. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio. New York: Dover, 1995.

Bradbury, Ray. "2026: There Will Come Soft Rains." The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam Books, 1950. 166-172.      (Available via UW e-reserve).

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gastby. New York: Scribner, 1993.

Larsen, Nella. Passing New York: Norton, 2007.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Perennial, 1960.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Vintage, 1973.

Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Tell-Tale Heart." Project Gutenberg: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe. 19 May 2008. 22 Feb. 2013.      (Available via UW e-reserve).

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Back Bay Books, 2001.

Spiegelman, Art. Maus I. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 2002.

Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Norton, 1999.
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