English 101

Mr. Kelley




The University of Minnesota maintains a good online writing guide that links to many other sites; just click http://www.owc.umn.edu/, and go to "Especially for Students." The University's pdf-format handbook for students is at http://writing.umn.edu/docs/sws/swgpdf.pdf. Also, check http://composition.cla.umn.edu/student_web/index.htm.
Professor Jack Lynch of Rutgers University maintains an excellent style and grammar guide at this site: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/index.html

Dan White of the University of Toronto has a site called Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading, co-written with Jeannine  DeLombard. You'll find useful instruction and examples on structuring arguments, writing about literature, integrating sources, and avoiding plagiarism at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~dwhite/papers.htm.

The Writing Lab at Purdue has a fine site that offers handouts and exercises on grammar, style, and general composition at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/.

Paul Brian's excellent Common Errors in English Usage is online at http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html.

Click on Harvard's Writing Center at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/%7Ewricntr/html/tools.htm.




SPECIFIC ESSAYS ONLINE: The following is a list of classic and modern essays that we may be reading during the semester. I will give further instruction on this later.


Mortimer Adler: “How to Mark a Book”:   http://radicalacademy.com/adlermarkabook.htm


Bruce Catton: “Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts”:   http://faculty.ucc.edu/english-chewning/catton.htm


Joan Didion: "On Keeping a Notebook": http://www.h-ngm-n.com/storage/didion%20-%20on%20keeping%20a%20notebook.pdf

“Marrying Absurd”:   http://plaza.snu.ac.kr/~ur2big2/composition2/didion.htm


Annie Dillard: "Living Like Weasels”:    http://www.courses.vcu.edu/ENG200-lad/dillard.htm


Stephen Jay Gould: “I Have Landed”:  http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/features/1200_feature.html


N. Scott Momaday: "The Way to Rainy Mountain": http://www.b-g.k12.ky.us/userfiles/1049/The%20Way%20to%20Rainy%20Mountain.pdf


George Orwell: “Shooting an Elephant”: http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/site/work/essays/elephant.html

“Politics and the English Language”: http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/index.cgi/work/essays/language.html

“A Hanging”: http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/site/work/essays/hanging.html


Scott Russell Sanders: “The Inheritance of Tools”:  http://plaza.snu.ac.kr/~ur2big2/composition2/sanders.htm


Mark Twain: “Two Ways of Seeing a River”: http://www.sgasd.org/cms/lib2/PA01001732/Centricity/Domain/417/Twain%20and%20Weirdos.pdf

“Uncle John’s Farm”: http://plaza.snu.ac.kr/~ur2big2/composition2/twain.htm


Henry David Thoreau: “Walking”:  http://eserver.org/thoreau/walking1.html

“Civil Disobedience”:   http://eserver.org/thoreau/civil1.html

Walden: (Note esp. Chapter 1, “Economy,” and Chapter 2, “Where I Lived, and What I lived for”):



Virginia Woolf: “Death of a Moth”: http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91d/chap2.html






SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: The following is a list of good books on the craft of writing and books that serve as a writer's "tools."

The American Heritage Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary

Webster’s New World Collegiate Dictionary

Webb, Miller, and Horner, Hodges’ Harbrace College Handbook

Strunk and White, Elements of Style

Zinsser, On Writing Well

Murray, Write to Learn

Macrorie, Telling Writing

Hall, Writing Well

Trimble, Writing with Style

Elbow, Writing without Teachers

May, Booknotes

Writers at Work, multiple volumes of Paris Review interviews

Ballenger, The Curious Writer

Baker, The Complete Stylist

Decker, Patterns of Exposition

Ruby, Logic: An Introduction

Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Literature

Hacker, A Writer’s Reference

Good examples of the way people work with ideas in order to develop them into larger projects--check journals, workbooks, daybooks, diaries, etc., by such writers as Thoreau, Coleridge, Camus, Melville, Woolf, Fitzgerald, Gide, Kafka, Baudelaire, Cocteau, Emerson, etc.





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