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Eng 1108

(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:

Physical Resources Required for 1108

Required Online Sources

Theories You May Use for your "Analysis Paper"

Additional Online Sources


Bibliographies to Write

Related Films

An Excellent Bibliography Resource: Greenhaven Press



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 youll most enjoy! (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 reading.

  • 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)

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien [or any of the three Lord of the Rings ("LOTR") books: (1) The Fellowship, (2) The Two 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 the Wardrobe
    - 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.

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.

Reading Assignments

Rd. for Wk. 2:

for Week 3:

for Week 4:

Harry Potter & Sorc.
(rdng. level: ages 12-15)

1st third

2nd third

final third

(reading level: ages 16+)

1st third

2nd third

final third

Hunger Games #1
(rdng. level: ages 14-17)

1st third

2nd third

final third

Narnia Series
(reading level: ages 9-12)

Magician  or

The Lion  or

Prince 1st half


        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:   

Reading Assignments

Wk. 5

Wk. 6

Wk. 7:

Wk. 8:

Harry Potter #2-7

90 more pp.

90 more

90 more

90 more

LOTR #1-3
(level: ages 18+)

70 more pp.

70 more

70 more

70 more

Hunger Games

80 more pp.

80 more pp.

80 more

80 more

Narnia Series

120 more pp.

120 more

120 more

120 more

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 about them.

(b) Choose EITHER

(i.) Rules for Writers by Diane Hacker (about $60-70 new at the IHCC Bookstore, or less when bought used at www.Amazon.com)

(ii.) The Online Grammar Handbook (free at www.OnlineGrammar.org).   

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! 



(d) "Course 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.)

(e) Email: 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 it.

(f) 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. 

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_theories


Creation: www.crystalinks.com/creation.html

Criminology: www.crimetheory.com/explorations.htm

Feminism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_theory

Literary Criticism (advanced): www.kristisiegel.com/theory.htm#phenom

Nursing: http://healthsci.clayton.edu/eichelberger/nursing.htm

Political Science: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_science

Psychology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Psychological_theories, www.psy.pdx.edu/PsiCafe/KeyTheorists, http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/perscontents.html (personality theories)

Philosophy: http://plato.stanford.edu/contents.html, www.rep.routledge.com/signpost-articles, www.iep.utm.edu,

Religion/s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups


(1) An automated Web bibliography-entry maker called NoodleTools.  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. 

Correct bibliography entries will be required in your Draft 3 papers and, for some people, in some Draft 2's. You may click here on NoodleTools to 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):

  1. Go to www.Google.com or www.Yahoo.com.

  2. 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

  3. When when the name of the play comes up, click on "Find a Library."

  4. 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 http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/open/about.htm

(3) 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:  

IHCC Library  (651) 450-8625


(6) Online Help with Bibliographies & Quotations Using MLA, APA, and Other Styles:

- Online Grammar Handbook 
- Purdue University Writing Center research guides
- English Dept. 
- http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/citex.html 
- Online 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):

  1. 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.

  2. And/or write a critical review or evaluation of it using one of those two chapters in www.WritingforCollege.org.  

  3. 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.


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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