Intermediate Expository Writing: ENGL 281
Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.
My oh my was I surprised by ENG 281. When I went to go purchase my textbook, I discovered that the class apparently did not exist, which was a little concerning. Then, the day before class was supposed to start, I received an e-mail saying that class was to be cancelled for the first week. And by the time the class actually started, I was even more surprised to discover that what I had believed to be a totally boring writing class was actually a really fascinating course that worked on writing while studying "silly" works of literature to see if they could somehow apply to social issues. As someone who spends most of his time reading fantasy novels and not nearly enough time reading The New York Times, it seemed like I was destined to take this class. Below you'll find a dream come true for me, as I finally got to write academically about someone who has always been dear to my heart: Harry Potter.
And following are the other four short essays that I wrote prior to the final essay analyzing the numerous pieces we read, such as "The New Mother", "BAAA", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Fun with Dick and Jane", and more. These essays really helped me break the mold of the 5 paragraph essay structure that had been rammed into my brain in high school. Writing these allowed me to not be so preoccupied with structure and formatting and instead gave me the chance to focus analytically and even creatively.