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Critical Response Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 6 of the 10 possible short response papers; response papers for Week 1 and Week 5 are strongly recommended of all students. All response papers are due on Friday by 5 PM. Papers are submitted electronically via Collect It:

Readings Presentation -- a 5 to 8 minute oral presentation done in small groups. For your presentation, you will read the texts assigned for a particular day, research a topic relevant to the texts, and get class discussion started for the day. You will be required to create a 1-page handout copied for the whole class. Topics (usually biographical, historical, or theoretical context) will be assigned to your group. Presentations are 5 to 8 minutes. Presenters are then required to post their information to the class blog with the subject line: "Readings Presentation [date]: [topic]."

Reading as Political Literature Critical Review -- a 500-750 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 collection where you will 1) identify a critical question, claim, or concept that will frame and organize your project; 2) write a paragraph 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 an image, verse, or quote from the readings or outside research that provides transition and furthers your analytical ‘story’; 5) write a paragraph of conclusion, a kind of epilogue to the project.

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 each reading will be covered in class. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

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

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. New York: Norton, 1994.

"Constitution of the United States." The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

"Declaration of Independence." The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

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

Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights, 1959.

Jackson, Shirley. "The Lottery." Personal website of J.L. Benet. 2005.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. New York: Norton, 1996.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage International, 1970.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Back Bay Books, 1979.

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

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