French/Crouch Extra Credit

If you attend either David French or Andy Crouch’s Thursday evening lectures, you may write a one-page assessment of their talk (double-spaced. i.e. 250 words) and hand that in to me. I’ll give you up to 5 points toward your quiz scores.

Research and Analysis

The purpose of this unit is to help you begin gathering and analyzing sources for your ten-page Researched Argument. We will begin in the SAU archives where you can find a particular artifact to start your research. You will then find ways to situate this artifact in a broader conversation by interviewing a relevant expert… Continue reading Research and Analysis

Artifact Analysis

For this assignment, you’ll first have to find an artifact in the SAU archives. There are all kinds of items held here, to get your creative juices flowing, here are just a few topics represented in the archive’s collections: • Pioneers in Michigan (Gitchell diaries) • Free Methodist history • Education (co-ed dorms, seminary farm,… Continue reading Artifact Analysis

Sample Virtue Essays

Video Game Hospitality In The Odyssey, one of the most important virtues that every good Greek nobleman has to exercise is proper hospitality. Zeus, the ruler of the gods, is the god of guests and hospitality, and the different places Odysseus and his men visit are evaluated based on how their hosts treat them. For… Continue reading Sample Virtue Essays

ENG 112 Sample Essays

Questions: The Path to Heaven In his book, The Divine Comedy, Dante emphasizes the role that questions play in strengthening a Christian’s faith. Dante is pushed by his mentors to ask questions to better his understanding bringing him ultimately closer to God. Instead of preaching the message, his mentors waited for Dante’s curiosity to help… Continue reading ENG 112 Sample Essays

Poetry Portfolios

Since this is a poetry writing course, most of your grade is determined by how well you write poetry (surprising, I know). You may think that poetry grading is incredibly subjective and that any grade I assign your poems will be arbitrary. There’s some truth to that. I’ve submitted the same poems to many different… Continue reading Poetry Portfolios


I reserve 10% of your final grade to allocate based on your participation in our class discussions, workshops, and the poetry reading near the end of the semester.  This is a course that depends on the eager, thoughtful, wise participation of everyone involved.  Normally, I simply determine this portion of your grade by the percentage… Continue reading Participation

Market Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to help you get familiar with the current poetry publishing scene. You may be surprised to find, for instance, that while many poets teach at universities, poetry magazines are often unaffiliated with a university and are grassroots operations. Over the course of the semester, take time to learn about… Continue reading Market Assignment

Reading Reports

Over the course of the semester, you’ll need to read 10 books of poetry by a living poet.  Most poetry books are quite short—sixty to seventy pages—and if you’re taking this class because you like poetry, you will enjoy this opportunity.  After reading each book, write a one-page, 300-word report. I’m looking for you to… Continue reading Reading Reports

Applied Analyses

Every day that we’re reading from one of the four assigned poets, you will bring an applied analysis of one of the poems you read that day. I am borrowing this assignment from one of my former poetry teachers. It’s what taught me to read, see, and live as a writer of poetry. Over the course of the… Continue reading Applied Analyses