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This OER packet comprises instructional materials used for ENG 300: Literary Forms and Analysis, a "gateway" course for the English major and minor at Portland State University. It includes handouts, exercises, and a sample syllabus for this course, emphasizing skills of "close reading" and formal analysis, as well as the scholarly study of genre (poetry, fiction, drama, and film). The syllabus and handouts offered in this packet represent only one of many possible approaches to ENG 300. These open access, freely available resources that can be readily adjusted to suit different pedagogical methods. They can also be usefully complemented with additional information about academic writing, argumentation, and the writing process (which, though the primary focus of Portland State University's second "gateway" course for majors, WR 301: Critical Writing and English, can be addressed in ENG 300 at varying levels of depth). or materials. The materials here can be combined with any selection of literary texts.

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College writing, English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching


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Literary Form and Analysis: Instructional Materials for English 300