WR100.15, WR100.24 :: Effective Writing, Fall 2012

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Course Schedule

Project 1 :: Project 2 :: Project 3 :: Project 4

Unit 1 (Rhetoric and Writing) - Week 1 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

9/4 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; writing genres

9/6 :: Read Project 1 assignment sheet; read "The Watcher at the Gate" and Canons of Rhetoric; watch this video, look through Writing Today, and search the Internet and try to answer these two questions: 1) what is a genre? and 2) what is rhetoric?; in-class writing (I will provide the prompt)

Week 2

9/11 :: Choose the nonfiction article you will analyze; outline for Project 1 due (Project 1 outline checklist); read Writing Today chapters 1 and 2

9/13 :: Introductory paragraph for Project 1 due (Project 1 introduction paragraph checklist); Reading quiz 1; bring your texts for the book check

Week 3 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

9/18 :: Bring Project 1 rough draft for workshop; read Project 2 assignment sheet and Writing Today chapter 3, pages 143-157, 161, and 678-685; read Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion from the Purdue OWL for ethos, pathos, and logos; read Aristotle's Proofs

9/20 :: Project 1 due; bring your Project 2 article - make sure it's an argumentative article (look for a strong thesis); read Logic in Argumentative Writing and Body Paragraphs from the Purdue OWL to get an idea of essay organization, induction, deduction, and the fallacies, and Writing Today 414-423

Week 4

9/25 :: Project 2 outline due; for your reference, here are the maps for a Basic Rhetorical Analysis and a Complex Rhetorical Analysis, as well as Rhetorical Analysis Sample 1 and Rhetorical Analysis Sample 2

9/27 :: Read Writing Today chapter 22, Induction and Deduction and Identifying Induction and Deduction, and the Declaration of Independence

Week 5

10/2 :: Project 2 introductory paragraph due; read Writing Today pages 406-412 and the Fallacies Taxonomy; read Identifying Fallacies 1 and Identifying Fallacies 2

10/4 :: Read the Purdue OWL's citation resources (read the one you're using): Chicago Manual Style; MLA; APA

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Unit 2 (Exploratory Research and Writing) - Week 6

10/9 :: Project 2 rough draft due; citation quiz; read Writing Today chapter 24; read the Purdue OWL's Paramedic Method and the Five Principles of Readability; read Project 3 assignment sheet (below) and one exploratory essay from the Writing for Change page

10/11 :: Reading quiz 2; Project 2 due; read another exploratory essay from the Writing for Change page and half of Writing Today chapter 25; read the Exploratory Research Map

Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

10/16 :: Research workshop with LND librarian; read the second half of Writing Today chapter 25; read Evaluating Sources, Requirements for Exploratory Writing Log and Annotated Bibliography, and the sample Research Log

10/18 :: Research workshop with LND librarian; bring your research topic; after the session, please take this survey

Week 8

10/23 :: Project 3 primary and two secondary research questions due; read Stasis Theory, and Stasis Methdology; print out and bring to class the Stasis Worksheet

10/25 :: Project 3 outline due; read Observations, Interviews, and Surveys; read LND Research Handout

Week 9

10/30 :: Campus closed for hurricane Sandy

11/1 :: Project 3 rough draft 1 due for workshop 1

Week 10

11/6 :: Project 3 rough draft 2 due for workshop 2

11/7 :: 2:00 - 3:30 PM Fourth Floor Program Room: Dr. Janice (Ginny) Redish interactive session; for extra credit, attend and write up session and turn in on 11/13. Contact Dr. Brizee about having lunch with Dr. Redish. For more information, see the event flyer in the News section of the Writing Department website

11/8 :: Reading quiz 3; read Project 4 assignment sheet (below) and read Reason as a Weapon

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Unit 3 (Putting Rhetoric to Work - Week 11 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

11/13 :: Project 3 due; read Writing Today chapter 11 and sample proposals; review Essay to Report PowerPoint presentation and the Purdue OWL's HATS presentation; read Empirical Research Map and the Empirical Research Methodology

11/15 :: In-class work day

Week 12

11/20 :: Grammar and Mechanics Test; Project 4 outline is due; read one proposal from Writing Today chapter 40 and one proposal from the Writing for Change page; read Creating Just Language handout from the CCSJ

11/22 :: No class - Thanksgiving break

Week 13

11/27 :: Reading quiz 4; Project 4 introductory paragraph or section is due; read Writing Today chapter 17, the Purdue OWL's Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy presentation; and these OWL Flash movies are fun

11/29 :: Read Writing Today chapter 32; in-class activity: compose the first two slides of your end-of-term PowerPoint presentation

Week 14

12/4 :: Project 4 rough draft is due for workshop 1; read Why Can't Students Write?

12/6 :: Project 4 rough draft is due for workshop 2; read the presentation checklist

Week 15

Exam Day :: Project 4 due on exam day with five-minute presentation. WR100.15: Tuesday, December 18 from 1:00-4:00 PM in MD Hall 240; WR100.24: Thursday, December 13 from 4:30-7:30 PM in MD Hall 240.

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