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Lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago

John Casey is a Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches courses in First Year Writing and Literature Surveys.  Including his years as a Graduate Student Instructor, he has sixteen and a half years of teaching experience at the college level.  He has served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and Assistant Director of First Year Writing.  In both positions, he was involved in attempts to revise the departmental curriculum for undergraduates.  He has presented papers on a wide variety of subjects that touch upon the teaching of writing and literature and currently serves as the Director of Anglophone/American Literatures for the Northeast Modern Language Association.  His current research interests include the representation of veterans in popular culture and farming metaphors in early U.S. fiction. 

Critical Etymology

A brief description of a critical etymology writing assignment for a 200-level Introduction to Criticism and Theory course

Two Prompts for a Take Home Quiz – Lit

Submitted by John Casey. This document contains prompts for two take home quizzes given to students as extra credit options in a 200-level Survey of American Literature course.

Writing a Research Proposal

Submitted by John Casey. A research proposal assignment for a required composition class focused on academic writing and research.

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