(and Related Readings)
This page lists the physical and online
resources--books, websites, and other readings--that are required or optional in this course. It also
shows a number of additional online resources that you can use for
finding good research articles for your research papers, finding help
with bibliographies and with editing, using films for extra or make-up
credit, and other resources.
NOTE: If the IHCC
Bookstore has run out of a book that it had
ordered for the course, you may place an order
with the Bookstore if you'd like to purchase
from the Bookstore. This ensures that the
Bookstore can get what you need as quickly as
possible, hopefully withn a few days. While
placing an order through the Bookstore's website
is the most efficient way for you to get your
book quickly, you can also fill out order forms
in the store.
Here are the sections of this
webpage. You may scroll down to read them, or
you may click on them here to go to them:
Resources Required for 1108
You May Use for your "Analysis Paper"
Additional Online Sources
Bibliographies to Write
An Excellent Bibliography Resource: Greenhaven
PHYSICAL RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR 1108
(a) Buy two of these four books. (Exception:
If you choose to read the C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, you'll need four
of them because they are so easy to read.)
The theme for this class
is researching fantasy books. Assignments
are below. Choose 2+ books you’ll
(You must do these bk. readings.)
Note: You may NOT depend on a
book you've already read--you must read or, at least, reread it this semester,
page by page. Also, you cannot depend on watching the movie--you
will have to provide specific page numbers for quotations from each week's
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by Rowling (or any other of the seven Harry Potter books). Young
Harry goes to Hogwarts School of Wizardry, makes good friends, and learns how
to be conjure genuine good-wizard magic. The book is a modern classic about
good and evil wizardry.
The first book in the series won
Great Britain's best-fiction prize of the year. (Reading level: ages 12-15)
by J.R.R. Tolkien [or any
of the three Lord of the Rings ("LOTR") books: (1) The Fellowship, (2) The
Towers, and (3) The Return of the King]. Hobbits, dwarves, elves, and
Gandalf the Wizard
travel across Middle Earth to save kingdoms and fight the increasing power of
the Dark Lord Sauron. These four books, together, are one of the great modern classic works of mythic
fantasy. (Reading level
for Hobbit: ages 16+.) Reading level for Lord of the Rings: ages 18+)
Hunger Games, Book
One, by J. K. Collins (or one of the other two in the Hunger Games Series: Catching Fire or
Mockingjay). In a future U.S.A. that has fallen apart, Katniss
Everdeen, from a poor district, must fight for first place in the annual
kill-or-be-killed Hunger Games run by the dictator of the rich district. The book is of a type called
"dystopian" (opposite of "utopian") science fiction (e.g.,
like Mad Max or Brave New World). (Reading level: ages 14-17)
Narnia Series. Read
from the Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis. Buy at least two for the wks. 2-4
readings (or buy four if you will use them, also, for the wks. 5-8 readings). (Reading level: ages
9-12). You may buy from the IHCC
Bookstore the following two books:
- Book Two, The Lion, the Witch, and
- Book Four, Prince Caspian
And/or you may buy from almost any other bookstore the following:
- Book One, The Magician's Nephew
- Book Three, The Horse and his Boy
- Book Five, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- Book Six, The Silver Chair
- Book Seven, The Last Battle
In the Narnia Series, children go through a portal to the magical
world of Narnia, where they fight battles with mythical creatures, and learn
from Aslan the Lion. The book is filled with Christian symbolism.
Remember, buy only two if
you're reading from the Hunger Game series, the Hobbit/Lord
of the Rings series, or the Harry Potter series. However, if
you're buying from the Narnia series, buy two for Wks. 2-4, and
another two for Wks. 5-8.
Here are the specific reading assignments for
Weeks 2-8 in case this will help you decide what to buy.
WEEKS 2-4 READINGS:
If you have
recently read one of the assigned books below, please feel free to read,
instead, any other book in the series. Also, after the first reading, if you
want to change to a different book or series, you may. See the second box
below for number of pages to read later in a series.
for Week 3:
for Week 4:
(rdng. level: ages 12-15)
(reading level: ages 16+)
(rdng. level: ages 14-17)
(reading level: ages 9-12)
WEEKS 5-8 READINGS:
In weeks 5-8, (a) choose a different book from above, or (b) choose the next
book or two in the series, above, that you have started, or (c) suggest a
fantasy book to me: show it to me in class. Wks. 5-8 assignments are below:
90 more pp.
(level: ages 18+)
70 more pp.
80 more pp.
80 more pp.
120 more pp.
Each book is about $10-20 at the IHCC Bookstore.
The books in all four series are popular fantasy fictions. Note again:
You may NOT depend on a
book you've already read--you must read or reread it this semester,
page by page. (Note again, too, that you may choose any book in each of the four
series.) And you may not simply watch the movie--you'll have to provide
specific quotations with page numbers from your books when you write papers
(b) Choose EITHER
(i.) Rules for
Writers by Diane Hacker (about $60-70 new at the IHCC
Bookstore, or less when bought used at
Online Grammar Handbook (free at
(c) See also info about the "Course
Packet for Eng 1108" below. PRINT TWO
TO THREE COPIES! You may go to the school computer labs to print it free.
Please do NOT print it in the library!
ONLINE RESOURCES REQUIRED FOR 1108
Packet for Eng 1108":
This is a required resource, and it is
free online. You'll need it right
away. It must be printed out.
Clicking on the link just above, right here,
will take you to a page that explains how to
print it. Do not use MS Works
to print it out. You must use MS
Word. If you do not have MS Word
at home, then buy and install it, or use the
school's computers. All of the IHCC
computer labs have MS Word. You may print
it free in the IHCC computer labs. (In
addition to the main open computer lab, there is
a smaller one in the back of the Writing Center,
which is in the middle of the 2nd floor of the
"Library" building) with perhaps 15 or 20
computers and a printer.)
The email address system for Inver Hills use changed in May 2013. You no
longer are given a school email address. Instead, you must provide the
school with a private email address you want to use for school email.
Please Provide IHCC with a personal email address
you want to use for your student email from the college. Be sure that I
also have an email address from you (either the same email address or a
different one, or even two addresses, if you want--it's up to you.) After
4:30 pm on Friday of Week 1, when our class list is set, I'll look on the
IHCC records for the email address you've provided the school. Then I'll
print it out in a list and, in Week 2 during class, ask you to correct or add to
www.WritingforCollege.org (also at
www.WforC.org). This is our main textbook. It is a
fully-online, complete composition textbook, about 200 web pages (600+ printed
pages) in almost sixty chapters. I have written it on the Web. One
of the reasons I placed it on the Web is so that you can save money; another
reason is that you will be able to use it indefinitely wherever you go,
whenever you need it. Similar textbooks can cost $100-200, but this
textbook is free.
THEORIES TO USE FOR YOUR "ANALYSIS PAPER"
Directions: If you would like
to use an official theory for your "Analysis Paper," you may use this section to
find a theory. Your
best bet is to look for theories that you already know, either from reading about them
and/or, better yet, from living or experiencing them.
While you are free to play with these theories, be sure that you do
understand what they mean before you try to use them.
Find Your Own: Use
www.Google.com and write "_____ theory" with the name
or type of theory written in the blank.
General List of Theories:
Religion/s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES
(1) An automated Web bibliography-entry maker called
IHCC has a subscription for students to use it
anytime, anywhere. Once you have it, you can keep it and use it in future
classes and future colleges and work.
It is totally free for you to use.
To use it, you simply type
in the author's names, titles, publisher, etc.,
and it will create a perfect bibliography entry
(in MLA or APA) for you, perfectly typed. If
there are any mistakes such as spelling or something left out, it will be
because of you. If you give NoodleTools the correct info, it will give you
a perfectly typed entry on your bibliography page.
bibliography entries will be required in your
Draft 3 papers and, for some people, in some
Draft 2's. You may click here on
start. We will spend part of a class
period in a computer lab allowing you to sign up
for it and learning how to use it.
(2) "Find in a Library": You can go to
Google or Yahoo to find your choice of books in a library. Follow these
simple steps (which worked the last time I tried a year or two ago):
www.Google.com or www.Yahoo.com.
Use its search engine as normal, except start with the words "find in a
library." For example, if you were trying to find Shakepeare's
Romeo and Juliet in this way, you would type the following into the
search engine box:
find in a library romeo and juliet shakespeare
When when the name of the play comes up, click on "Find a Library."
And then, in the new window, add your zip code.
You'll get a list of libraries having your book (including the Inver Hills
Community College Library). More details are available at
IHCC English Dept.
This Web site not only tells you a lot about the English Department, its
courses, and its teachers, but also helps you find a number of other English
and writing resources.
(4) Online Libraries:
(6) Online Help with Bibliographies &
Quotations Using MLA, APA, and Other Styles:
- Online Grammar Handbook
Purdue University Writing Center research guides IHCC
- English Dept.
Guide to Writing and Research
You may watch documentary films (real, true-life films, not made up
stories, and not films "based on" true stories; they must be classified as
documentaries) related to this class. You must write something about
each film you see. Some of the ways you can write are as follows
(choose one method or several):
Simply summarize the film and/or comment on it in such a way that I can tell you
watched as much of it as you say you did.
And/or write a critical review or evaluation of it
using one of those two chapters in
And/or answer any or all of the following general questions:
What was the basic story line, plot, or narrative line of the film (in a
sentence or a paragraph)?
Who were the main people?
When and where did it happen? Are the times and places significant?
How or why did the main event the film discusses happen? What are some
causes and effects?
What was the high point of the film for you? Why/how?
What was the low point of it for you? Why/how?
Who would be the best audience for this film (and/or the worst audience)?
What do you think is the "moral of the story" of this film - what should people
get out of it or take home from it? Why?
One set of films directly connected to the class is
the DVD set called
Half the Sky: the book has been turned into film. There are six
segments of one hour each. Each segment talks about two to four women in a
particular part of the world or involved in a particular type of discrimination
or maltreatment. The segments are not only excellent on their own but also
absolutely superb as an introduction and aid to understanding the book.
Other related films are here: go to
www.tc.umn.edu/~jewel001/composition/1114/onlineSources.htm and then click
on "Related Films." Remember that you must use NON-fiction films: if a film says
it is "fiction" (which means it is made up), then it is not allowed as extra
credit in this particular class.
BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, & ARTICLES RELATED TO THIS COURSE
You also may go to the IHCC Library (or any large library) and find numerous
pamphlets and books on subjects used in this course from the following series,
below. Just ask a librarian to help you if you can't find them easily
using a library computer search: i
Opposing Viewpoints Books/Pamphlets
"At Issue in History" Books/Pamphlets.
"At Issue" Series, Books/Pamphlets
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