Biography &




Spring 2016 Syllabi:

College Writing & Research, UNI

Best Sellers, Upper Iowa University


Great Student Essays (required text, print here)




Sample Essays !!


The Writing Center, UNI

Pathways Center, Wartburg


Documents:Cake Typo

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


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

"Against Zoos" by Dale Jamieson


Fairfield Cat Case Readings:

Brutal cat killings at Noah's Ark stun local, state animal protection groups (The Fairfield Ledger--March 10, 1997)

Cat Massacre at Iowa Shelter Splits Town (The Los Angeles Times--September 8, 1997)

Town Wants Cat-Killing Furor to Run out of Lives (Chicago Tribune--October 31, 1997)


Reference Sites: 

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide


... for Class:

Narrative Essay Presentation

Narrative Essay Journal Prompts

Volunteer Presentation

Grammar Review

Poetry Presentation

Poetry Journal Prompts

Editing Checklists


Descriptions (more student writing here!)

Conversation Contract

The Letter


Places to Volunteer


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:

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