Welcome to Eng 1114! I
am glad to be working with you in this "Composition II" course.
Check out all three columns on this page to get started; then read or
thoroughly skim the other pages on the yellow bar above. If you
have questions, let me know! You can always contact me by clicking
on "Contact Richard" in the upper-left corner of each of these web
How does this website work?
This website has about a dozen web pages.
The main ones are above--just click on what you want.
This middle column is different on each
page. It always has the primary text or content to read.
The left column always is exactly the same.
It lists the main pages again, and it also has other especially
important pages and links.
The right column is different on each page.
It has useful links and also helpful tips for taking the course.
What does Eng 1114 involve?
As you may know, this course is one of three available Composition II courses--this one is three credits
and is meant especially for those who plan on continuing on to a four-year
college degree or more, and who especially want more practice of academic
writing. All three Composition II courses
involve learning to write research papers. This one, however, focuses
especially on reading and writing about one or two academic (usually
nonfiction) books or the equivalent, and learning how to further analyze,
argue, and critique in college.
The kind of semester-long project writing that
this course involves, research shows, is the type of learning
that students remember better and, years later, the type of learning that
students say really helped them. For example, IHCC English Professor Nick
Nownes was talking with a former student of his who had gone on to a degree
at the University of Minnesota. According to Nick, the student
finished a political science degree, and he was saying that his instructors
would periodically drop big research papers on him--'I need eight to ten
pages!'--sometimes a quarter of the way or even later in the semester, more
or less without instructions..., just a topic and a due date. (Sometimes
the papers would be mentioned in the syllabus, and sometimes they wouldn't.)"
Nick's student was very glad that Nick--and Inver Hills' research writing
courses--had prepared him well.
I, myself, have been teaching courses like Eng 1108 and Eng 1114 thirty years, and I
still very much enjoy teaching them. In fact, composition happens to be my
special field of English. I have published several articles in
academic journals and have made two or three dozen conference presentations
about the teaching of writing. I also have had over 100
publications of popular-magazine articles and fiction stories,
scholarly essays, photographs, and even a few poems in magazines and
journals. (Click here for my resume or a sample fiction story.)
As you can guess, I really love writing--and I love teaching writing, too!
If you ever have any questions, just ask me before or after class, email me,
come to my office, or call me at home. I look forward to working with
Where can you email
Please don't email me at my school email, as I only check it once or
twice a week. Instead, email me at my professional email address,
which I check almost every day: "richard at jewell dot net."
However, first convert it to regular email form: e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org. (Why am I printing it this way? There are
software programs called "spiders" that automatically find email addresses on Web sites
and sell them to junk-email advertisers. I'm already receiving several
hundred junk emails per week--many of them, but not all, blocked. Printing
my email this way on a Web page helps me avoid more junk email.)
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