Spring 2017 Syllabi:

College Writing & Research, UNI

Literature of the American Midwest, UIU (forthcoming)


Great Student Essays (CWR required text, print here)




Sample Essays !!


The Writing Center, UNI


Reference Sites: 

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide


UNI College Writing & Research Readings:

"How to Write With Style" by Kurt Vonnegut

"The American Scholar" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Blind Men and the Elephant" Old Buddhist Allegory

"I need you to say 'I': Why First Person is Important in College Writing" by Kate McKinney Maddalena

"Stretched: The Hatchery by Virgil Suarez" by Kim Groninga

"Against Zoos" by Dale Jamieson



Proofreading Booklet

Proofreading Key

MLA-Style Paper


Introduction to Literature Readings:

"Shooting an Elephant" George Orwell

"A Worn Path" Eudora Welty

"Zero Station" John Bresland


... for Class:

Narrative Essay Presentation

Narrative Essay Journal Prompts

Grammar Review

Poetry Presentation

Poetry Journal Prompts

Editing Checklists


Descriptions (more student writing here!)

Conversation Contract

The Letter


How to do a Close Reading:

Advice from Harvard Writing Center

What is a Close Reading?

Explication de texte

Close Reading Tips from George Mason U


How to Write About Film:

Advice from University of CO Writing Center

Writing About Film, Hunter College

How to Write a Film Analysis Essay

Writing a Film Analysis


Other Useful Film Links:

Examples of Film Shots

Basic Camera Shots

Three-Light Cinematography


... for Fun:

Why English is so Hard

Rules of Good Grammar


... other Links:

Poetry Daily

Poem Hunter

Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory


Check out this original song by Kelsey Burns! (UNI, Spring 2011)


Beginning Poetry  ~ Best Poems ~  Spring 2012



... for Teachers:

Please feel free to use the resources on this page. I only ask that credit be given where credit is due--especially in regard to the outstanding student writing represented here. Also... send me a note and let me know how you are using these materials: Thanks!


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