WR100.14 :: Effective Writing, Spring 2012

Course Resources

Course Schedule

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

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

1/17 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; writing genres

1/19 :: 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

1/24 :: Choose the nonfiction article you will analyze; outline for Project 1 due (Project 1 outline checklist); read Writing Today chapters 1 and 2

1/26 :: 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

1/31 :: Project 1 due; read Project 2 assignment sheet and Writing Today chapter 3, pages 167-193 and 423-430; read Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion from the Purdue OWL for ethos, pathos, and logos; read Aristotle's Proofs

2/2 :: Reading quiz 2; bring your Project 2 article; read Logic in Argumentative Writing and Body Paragraphs from the Purdue OWL to get an idea of essay organization, induction, deduction, and the fallacies

Week 4

2/7 :: 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

2/9 :: Read Induction and Deduction and Identifying Induction and Deduction and the Declaration of Independence

Week 5

2/14 :: Project 2 introductory paragraph due; read Writing Today pages 392-410 and the Fallacies Taxonomy; read Identifying Fallacies 1 and Identifying Fallacies 2

2/16 :: Project 2 rough draft due; read Writing Today pages 431-432 and 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

2/21 :: Citation quiz; read Writing Today pages 477-490; 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

2/23 :: Reading quiz 3; Project 2 due; read another exploratory essay from the Writing for Change page and Writing Today pages 450-459; read the Exploratory Research Map

Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

2/28 :: Research workshop with LND librarian; read Writing Today pages 460-476; read Evaluating Sources, Requirements for Exploratory Writing Log and Annotated Bibliography, and the sample Research Log

3/1 :: Research workshop with LND librarian; bring your research topic

Week 8

3/6 :: Spring Break, no class (make good life choices)

3/8 :: Spring Break, no class (make good life choices)

Week 9

3/13 :: Project 3 primary and two secondary research questions due; read Stasis Theory, and Stasis Methdology; print out and bring to class the Stasis Worksheet

3/15 :: Reading quiz 4; Project 3 outline due; read Observations, Interviews, and Surveys; read LND Research Handout

Week 10

3/20 :: Project 3 introductory paragraph due

3/22 :: Project 3 rough draft 1 due for workshop 1

Week 11

3/27 :: Grammar and Mechanics Test; Project 3 rough draft 2 due for workshop 2

3/29 :: Project 3 due; read Project 4 assignment sheet (below) and read Reason as a Weapon

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Unit 3 (Putting Rhetoric to Work - Week 12 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

4/3 :: Read Writing Today pages 247-270; review Essay to Report PowerPoint presentation and the Purdue OWL's HATS presentation; read Empirical Research Map and the Empirical Research Methodology

4/5 :: Easter Break, no class

Week 13

4/10 :: Project 4 outline is due; read one proposal from Writing Today beginning on page 741 and one proposal from the Writing for Change page; read Creating Just Language handout from the CCSJ

4/12 :: Project 4 introductory paragraph or section is due; read Writing Today pages 358-371, the Purdue OWL's Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy presentation; the in-class flier activity; and these OWL Flash movies are fun

Week 14

4/17 :: Reading quiz 5; read Dubinsky's "The Land-Grant Way – Connected Knowing and the Call of Service" and Brotzman's "Service Learning in Post-Katrina New Orleans – the Jesuit Way"

4/19 :: Read Why Can't Students Write?

Week 15

4/24 :: Project 4 rough draft is due for workshop #1

4/26 :: Last day of class; Project 4 complete rough draft is due for workshop #2

5/3:: Bring your printed final draft of Project 4 for your exam at 9:00 AM in MD Hall 240. Remember to write your name and mailbox number on your envolope

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