I HATE to write, but I LOVE to have written – Oscar Wilde


Before You Come to Class: 

  1. Have a hard copy of FE #1
  2. Have the reading done.

Class Agenda: 

  1. Posters from Last Class
  2. Quizzes & Review
  3. Lecture

Reading Quiz #1:

  1.  Name three things that Ray from Shoeless Joe loves. In a maximum of five sentences, describe how the text reveals his love for these things.
  2. Is the Rooster a “redeemable” character. In a maximum of three sentences, tell me how the Rooster redeems himself by the end of the essay.


Lecture Resources: 

  1. Power Point on Reading
  2. Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell:  When I pulled the trigger I did not hear the bang or feel the kick–one never does when a shot goes home–but I heard the devilish roar of glee that went up from the crowd. In that instant, in too short a time, one would have thought, even for the bullet to get there, a mysterious, terrible change had come over the elephant. He neither stirred nor fell, but every line of his body had altered. He looked suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old, as though the frightful impact of the bullet had paralyzed him without knocking him down. At last, after what seemed a long time–it might have been five seconds, I dare say–he sagged flabbily to his knees. His mouth slobbered. An enormous senility seemed to have settled upon him. One could have imagined him thousands of years old. I fired again into the same spot. At the second shot he did not collapse but climbed with desperate slowness to his feet and stood weakly upright, with legs sagging and head drooping. I fired a third time. That was the shot that did for him. You could see the agony of it jolt his whole body and knock the last remnant of strength from his legs. But in falling he seemed for a moment to rise, for as his hind legs collapsed beneath him he seemed to tower upward like a huge rock toppling, his trunk reaching skyward like a tree. He trumpeted, for the first and only time. And then down he came, his belly towards me, with a crash that seemed to shake the ground even where I lay.



READ: “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer Adler 


I love this article from the New York Times about the Obama administration and their quest to answer “Ten Letters A Day.” I am not only interested in your read of this article from the perspective of prepping your first informal writing assignment, I am also interested in all of the intriguing things the article and the staffers who work this post have to say about the art of writing.

After you read the article, choose a President (incoming and/or outgoing), and write him a letter. It can be about anything, but try to evince the ideals discussed in the article. Limit your letter to one typed page. After you write it, put it aside.

Informal essays are due to me as a portfolio at semester’s end. Please keep up with them through the course. Though they will not be collected, they may be referenced, commented on or called for editing.