Text of Engaging Students In College Writing Courses
1. Entertaining Ideas In Composition By Crystal Barletta
2. The Text as the Engager
Using the Composition Anthology Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience as a basis for the reading material.
The readings have been selected to interest, excite, and get a response from students in Composition.
3. Selected Readings
Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Good Country People
Flannery OConner (1903-1964)
The Man Who Was Almost a Man
Richard Wright (1908-1960)
A Dolls House
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
4. Proposed Assignments
Assignment #1 : Young Goodman Brown
Argue for or against the proposition that what Young Goodman Brown experienced actually occurred.
Assignment #2: Good Country People
Write a persuasive essay in which you convince the reader that you are someone other than yourself and have ulterior motives which have not been disclosed. Use a persuasive tactic such as innocence or experience to persuade the reader as Manely Pointer persuaded Hulga.
Assignment #3: The Man Who Was Almost a Man
Consider whether Dave proved his manhood by leaving. What does it mean to be a man? Write an essay in which you examine what it means to be a man. Choose someone from history (1800-2004) who either took responsibility when they made a mistake or someone who rebelled by leaving.
Assignment #4: A Dolls House
Write an essay in which you compare the writing styles of Wright and Ibsen (other than the fact that the first is a narrative and the later is a play). Does the language, tone, and the fact that although both Dave and Nora rebel by leaving the situation, as well as the setting and gender difference justify ones leaving over the other?