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Dr. Mark Jordan ~ ENGL 1302: Composition & Literature

The Process of Writing about Literature

This page is, in essence, a brief and highly focused textbook for this course.  Below are links to roughly a dozen areas or topics which I lecture on in a traditional on-campus class.  You should rely heavily on the links below for every major assignment you will submit.

The links are arranged in a chronological sequence, according to when you will need each skill or piece of knowledge.

Note:  The first three links are your most basic analytical tools in this course.  Both the Fiction and Drama units and their assigned readings will make much more sense to you if you read these links first.
  1. Theme
  2. Eight Basic Literary Devices
  3. An Interpretive Strategy for Fiction and Drama
    Note:  The following link will help you study for all the major tests of the course, which are the Fiction test, the Drama test, and the Poetry Test/Final Exam.  All major tests have a significant essay component.
  4. What to Expect on Major Tests
    Note:  The next three links pertain to the Fiction Essay assignment.  However, the links will make more sense to you if you first read that assignment, by clicking on the link to it in the above sentence.  Note that the link to the assignment will not be activated until posted on Blackboard.
  5. An Outline for Writing about Literature
  6. How to Include Direct Quotes in Essays
  7. A Sample Fiction Essay
    Note:  The next four links pertain to the Research Paper assignment.  As with the previous group of links, the links below will make more sense to you if you first read that assignment, by clicking on the link to it in the above sentence.  This link also will not be activated until the assignment is posted on Blackboard.
  8. Research Techniques
  9. MLA Citation of Research
  10. A Sample Works Cited Page
  11. How to Quote from a Secondary Source
    Note:  The last two links pertain to the third and last unit of the course, Poetry.  You will be tested on this unit as 20% of your final exam.  The poems you will read will make more sense to you if you read these links first.
  12. Poetic Terms and Devices
  13. An Interpretive Strategy for Poetry

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