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Spring 2020 Syllabi:

Technical Writing, UNI

College Writing and Research, UNI   

Introduction to Literature, UNI

Critical Writing about Literature, UNI

Introduction to Film, Upper Iowa University


Guided Independent Study at UNI Syllabi:

Technical Writing

Theatrical Arts and Society

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Readings & Documents for Students—


Great Student Essays

"How to Write With Style" by Kurt Vonnegut

"The American Scholar" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


Tech Writing Documents

Various Handouts

Sample Student Essays

Sample Instructor Essays


Reference Sites & Writing Coaches:

The Learning Center, UNI

The Academic Success Center, Upper Iowa

MLA Style Guide (Purdue OWL)

APA Style Guide (Purdue OWL)


for Class—

Proofreading Booklet

Proofreading Key

MLA-Style Paper

Narrative Essay Presentation

Narrative Essay Journal Prompts

Grammar Review

Poetry Presentation

Poetry Journal Prompts

Editing Checklists

"Blind Men and the Elephant" Old Buddhist Allegory


Descriptions (more student writing here!)


Other Related or Helpful Things—

Finding Poems:

Poetry Daily

Poetry Out Loud

Poem Hunter


How to do a Close Reading:

Explication de texte

Close Reading Tips from George Mason U


Useful Film Links:

How to Write a Film Analysis Essay

Examples of Film Shots

Basic Camera Shots

Three-Light Cinematography


... for Fun:

Why English is so Hard

Rules of Good Grammar


... other Links:

Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory


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

Beginning Poetry  ~ Best Poems ~  Spring 2012



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