English 1101: Argument and Interpretation



Syllabus for 1101 J (TR 11:00 – 12:15)

Syllabus for 1101 LSB 3 (12:30 – 1:45)


Schedule of Assignments and Due Dates


The Gordon State College Writing Handbook


Essay Assignments:

Essay 1: Fiction Summary

Essay 2: Creative Non-fiction Interpretation

Essay 3: Compare and Contrast

Essay 4: Film Review

Essay 5: Narrative

Essay 6: Mandatory Revision


Optional Extra Credit Revision Assignment


Sample Papers:

Fiction Summary

Creative Non-fiction Interpretation

Compare and Contrast

Film Review

Narrative 1

Narrative 2


      Links of Interest for Essays 1 and 2:

           America’s Funniest Home Videos



           Shucking Corn

           Devo’s “Jocko Homo” (Are We Not Men?)

           Lyrics for “Jocko Homo”

          The transgenic Vacanti Mouse


           The Ancient Greek Chorus

           Who was Telemachus?

           What is Maidencane?

           Albert Einstein in the news

           See the Slinky

           Camel Cigarette commercial (1969)

           Virginia Slims commercials (1969)



In-class Writing Lessons and Handouts:

Paragraph Composition, Unity, and Transitions

Annotated Continuity and Transitions Worksheet

How to Link Your Topic Sentences to your Thesis and Introduction

Writing with Sources

How to Quote

How to Write MLA Parenthetical Citations

How to Paraphrase

How to Avoid Plagiarism

How to Write Introductions

How to Write Conclusions


Online Resources for Essay Assignments 3 and 4:

     Stephen Glass essays

     Full text of Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

     Medieval and Renaissance illustrations of “Death and the Maiden

     Judges 19

     Lyrics for Bob Dylan’s, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

     The Pied Piper of Tucson

     Oates’s review of Smooth Talk




            Online Film Review Sites for Essay 4:

    The New York Times

    The Onion AV Club

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution

   The Washington Post

   The Los Angeles Times

         Roger Ebert’s reviews



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