WR100.12, WR100.20 :: Effective Writing, Spring 2013

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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

1/15 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; writing genres

1/17 :: 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

1/22 :: Choose the nonfiction article you will analyze; outline for Project 1 due (Project 1 outline checklist); read Writing Today chapters 1 and 2

1/24 :: 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

1/29 :: 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

1/31 :: 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

2/5 :: 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

2/7 :: Read Writing Today chapter 22, Induction and Deduction and Identifying Induction and Deduction, and the Declaration of Independence

Week 5

2/12 :: Project 2 introductory paragraph due; read Writing Today pages 406-412 and the Fallacies Taxonomy; read Identifying Fallacies 1 and Identifying Fallacies 2

2/14 :: Read the Purdue OWL's citation resources (read the one you're using): Chicago Manual Style; MLA; APA

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Unit 2 (Research and Writing) - Week 6

2/19 :: 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 proposal from the Writing for Change page

2/21 :: Reading quiz 2; read another proposal from the Writing for Change page and half of Writing Today chapter 25; read the Exploratory Research Map

Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

2/26 :: Project 2 due; research workshop with LND librarian; read Writing Today chapter 11 and sample proposals and second half of Writing Today chapter 25; read Evaluating Sources, Requirements for Exploratory Writing Log and Annotated Bibliography, and the sample Research Log

2/28 :: Research workshop with LND librarian; bring your research topic; Reading quiz 3 (you must be in the library session as scheduled to take the quiz)

Week 8 - Spring break, no classes

Week 9

3/12 :: Do not go to MD 240 for class; attend Dr. Carter's lecture on 3/14 instead; read "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Marting Luther King

3/14 :: Attend the Humanities Symposium in McManus Theater during your class time and complete this assignment; then attend the Humanities Symposium Keynote Speaker presentation by Dr. J. Kameron Carter (Duke University) in McGuire Hall at 5:30 PM and complete this assignment

Week 10

3/19 :: Humanities Symposium responses are due in class; Project 3 primary and two secondary research questions due; read Stasis Theory, and Stasis Methdology; print out and bring to class the Stasis Worksheet; read Empirical Research Map and the Empirical Research Methodology

3/21 :: Project 3 outline due; read Observations, Interviews, and Surveys; read LND Research Handout

Week 11

3/26 :: Grammar and mechanics test (you must take the test in class as scheduled); Project 3 rough, rough draft 2 due for workshop 1

3/28 :: Easter holiday, no class

Week 12

4/2 :: Project 3 rough draft due for workshop 2 (you must be in class to receive the four-point draft credit)

4/4 :: Project 3 rough draft due for workshop 3 (you must be in class to receive the four-point draft credit)

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Unit 3 (Putting Rhetoric and Writing to Work - Week 13 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

4/9 :: Project 3 due; read Essay to Report PowerPoint presentation and the Purdue OWL's HATS presentation

4/11 :: Read Writing Today chapter 17, the Purdue OWL's Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy presentation; and these OWL Flash movies are fun

Week 14

4/16 :: Read Writing Today pgs. 186-195 and at least five letters to editors from your target publication; read Creating Just Language handout from the CCSJ

4/18 :: Read Writing Today chapter 32 and the presentation checklist; in-class activity: compose the first two slides of your end-of-term PowerPoint presentation

Week 15

4/23 :: Reading quiz 4; letter and presentation rough drafts are due; read Reason as a Weapon

4/25 :: In-class work day on proposal revisions; read Why Can't Students Write?

Week 16

Exam Day :: Project 4 due on exam day with letter and five-minute presentation. WR100.12: 5-9-2013 at 9:00 AM in MD Hall 240; WR100.20: 5-9-2013 at 1:00 PM in MD Hall 240. Attendance at your scheduled final exam time is required to pass this class. Please obtain university permission and let me know in advance if you need to reschedule your exam due to exam scheduling conflict.

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