College Writing, Fall 2018

Costal’s Office/Mailbox: J105 Suite

E-mails: (paper submission)


What we read for class (in 2017/2018): 

Annotated Bibliographies by The Purdue OWL

“Colin Kaepernick and the Question of Who Gets to be Called a ‘Patriot'” New York Times Magazine by Wesley Morris

“Consider the Lobster” Gourmet by David Foster Wallace

The Creative Process by Ira Glass

The Difference Between A Girlfriend and a Woman by T. Miller

Eleven by Sandra Cisneros

Explaining My Depression to My Mother by Sabrina Benaim

“Finding the Perfect Sports Bar,” Sports Illustrated by Chris Ballard

“The Growing,” Maine Review by Joe Costal

“Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?” The Atlantic by Jean M. Twenge

“Heels” The Apprentice Writer by Nicole Acheampong

How to Mark A Book by Mortimer Adler

How to Write an Effective Opener by Capital Community College

“I Believe in the Power of Love to Heal” NPR’s This I Believe by Jackie Landry

Making Risotto for Dinner When His Ex-Wife Calls by Kendra Tanacea

“The Money” The New Yorker by Junot Diaz

“The NFL and the First Amendment: A Guide to the Debate” The Washington Post by Nicole Lewis

“The NFL Protests Are Patriotic” Slate by John Legend

Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse 

On Bullshit (excerpt) by Henry Frankfurt, Princeton University

Poetry of Denise Duhamel

Purdue Owl: Guide to Narratives

“Rashes” The Missouri Review by Nicole Banas

“The Rhett Butlers” The Atlantic by Katherine Heiney

Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker

Shake Me Down by Cage the Elephant

Shoeless Joe (excerpt) by WP Kinsella

Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell

“The Sock” Can’t & Won’t by Lydia Davis

“There Are Two Sides to the NFL Anthem Debate” The Washington Post by Sally Jenkins

“The Uses of Patriotism” New York Times by David Brooks

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July by Frederick Douglass

“Why Taking a Knee Stomps On My Foot” CNN by Michael Capuato

“The Wig,” Letting Loose the Hounds by Brady Udall

“You Can Find Love Now” The New Yorker by Ramona Ausubel

“You Can’t Kill the Rooster” The Atlantic by David Sedaris




PAPERS from the 2018 Class 

Formal Essay #1: Descriptive Narrative

Blog Post #1: Connection Distress

Blog Post #2: “You Can Find Love Now” short story analysis

Blog Post #3: Music video visual rhetoric analysis

Formal Essay #2: Argumentation #1

Formal Essay #3: Letter to a Hostile Audience

Formal Essay #4: Literary Analysis

Blog Post #4: Evaluate Peer Reviewed or Scholarly Document

Blog Post #5: Bullshit!

Blog Post #6: Discern Your Own Credibility

Blog Post #7: Objective Correlative

Formal Essay #5: Annotated Bibliography

Formal Essay #6: Argumentation #2

Blog Post #8: Objective Correllative (ONLY 6pm)

Blog Post #9: What You Learned 

Formal Essay #7: Final 


Spring 2017 Assignment Roll: 

Formal Essay #1: NY Times Debate Response

Formal Essay #2: Descriptive Narrative

Formal Essay #3: Persuasive Letter to Hostile Audience

Formal Essay #4: Annotated Bibliography for Literary Analysis

Formal Essay #5: Literary Analysis Paper

Formal Essay #6: Argumentation II

Formal Essay #7: Narrative II

Formal Essay #8: Problem / Solution Paper (The Big One)

Informal Essay #1: A Letter to Your President 

Informal Essay #2: Literary Analysis of You Can Find Love Now

Informal Essay #3: Rhetorical Analysis of Ocean Breathes Salty or Shake Me Down

Informal Essay #4: Is Social Media Good For You (NYT Room for Debate)

Informal Essay #5: Short Story Literary Analysis

Informal Essay #6: Sexual Issues Argumentative Essay 

Informal Essay #7: Debunking

Informal Essay #8: Credibility Discernment

Informal Essay #9: Objective Correlative 

Informal Essay #10: What You Learned…


Reading List from Spring 2017: 

Allegory of the Cave by Plato

“Can You Forgive Petunia Dursley?” Harry Potter & The Sacred Text by Casper ter Kuile & Vanessa Zoltan

“Chimichanga” Pif Magazine by Joe Costal

“Colin Kaepernick’s Actions Show That Symbols Pledge Allegiance to Principles” New York Times by Rashad Robinson

“Donald Trump & Atlantic City” Guernica by Peter Murphy

“Donald Trump is Not A Liar” New Republic by Jeet Heer

“Don’t Mess With the Stars and Stripes” The New York Times by Marc Leepson

“The Emotional Attachment of National Symbols” The New York Times by Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Evaluating the Credibility of Sources by Columbia College

Examples of Plagarism by Princeton University

“Fact-Checking the President’s Inaugural Address” The Washington Post by Glenn Kessler & Michelle Ye Hee Lee

“Fake or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts” NPR by Wynne Davis

“Ferguson Became Symbol, But Bias Knows No Border” The New York Times by Shaila Dewan

“A Fictional Barrier is Healthier” New York Times by Farnoosh Torabi

Glacial Exit by Raphael Rogers

“Greed and Hustle Have Become Virtues” New York Times by Bruce Levine

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography from the University of Maryland

“I Fought to Defend Colin Kaepernick’s Actions” The New York Times by Brian Adams Jones

“The International Law in Game of Thrones” University of Alabama Law Review by Perry S. Bechky

“Is Digital Correctedness Good or Bad for People” New York Times by Noa Gafni Slaney

Literature Reviews by The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

“Love, Crazy Ex Girlfriend & The Savior Complex” Flavorwire by Laura Zarum

Night of the Living Dead Review by Roger Ebert

“The North Korea Paradox: Why There Are No Good Options on Nuclear Arms” The New York Times by Max Fisher

“The People’s Tyrant: What Plato Can Teach Us About Donald Trump” Vox by Sean Illing

“The Philosophical Ethics in Game of Thrones” Den of Geek by Andrew Blair

“Rhetorical Functions in Academic Writing” Using English for Academic Purposes by Andy Gillett

The Rhetorical Triangle by David Wright, Furman University

“Schadenfreude TV” New York Times by Alyssa Rosenberg

“Six Charts That Will Change How You Think About Sexual Assault in America” Vox by Zachary Crockett

Sweetness by Stephen Dunn

“Tell Them You Had a Mole Removed” The Southern Review by Julie Hensley

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

“To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation” The New York Times by Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contact With Russia” The New York Times by Michael S. Schmidt

The Ultimate Game of Thrones & Philosophy: You Think or Die (excerpt) by Eric J. Silverman

“Wealthy Reality Stars Humanize Black Women” New York Times by Evette Dionne

“When the Beasts Come Marching In” This American Life by Ira Glass (Ed.)

“When Does Drunk Sex Become Rape” Broadly. by Leah Sottile

“Why Two Harvard Academics Talk About Harry Potter Like Its the Bible” The Huffington Post by Sara Boboltz

The Wizard of Oz Review by Roger Ebert

“Writing Off Reading” The Washington Post by Michael Skube

The Writing Process (excerpt) by Steven D. Krause