WR220 :: Introduction to Rhetoric, Spring 2012

Course Resources

Course Schedule

Project 1 :: Project 2 :: Project 3

Please read and work ahead over weekends

Unit 1 (Introduction to Rhetorical Theory) - Week 1 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

1/17 :: Course intro.; review syllabus and Perseus site; what is rhetoric?; read Project 1 assignment sheet

1/19 :: Read The Rhetorical Tradition Introduction to Classical Rhetoric and the canons of rhetoric; review Greek Timeline; textbook check; in-class writing on readings (I will provide the prompt in class); download, answer, and bring to class the study questions

Week 2

1/24 :: Read the Isocrates introduction, and the excerpt from his Antidosis (from "We ought, therefore, to think..." to "...in error as to a course of action."); study questions

1/26 :: Read the Aristotle introduction and the excerpt from his On Rhetoric (from "Rhetoric is a counterpart..." to "...The epideictic kind has for its subject praise or blame."); study questions; Richnor Springs group: read "Who Are We?"; please contact your community partner and make plans to attend the Feb. 20 neighborhood assocation meeting

Week 3

1/31 :: Read the Cicero introduction and the exerpt from his The Orator from "Which, my Brutus, would be the most difficult talk...” to “...a faulty or a distasteful expression." read The Essential Guide chapter 1; study questions

2/2 :: Reading quiz 1; read St. Augustine - introduction and On Christian Doctrine (1-5, 7-10, 27-34); begin your grid

Week 4

2/7 :: Read Dubinsky's "Service-Learning as a Path to Virtue" and the Purdue OWL's Paramedic Method and the Five Principles of Readability; read Project 1 sample

2/9 :: Read Katz's "The Ethic of Expediency" and the Compare-Contrast Rhetorics handout; study questions; and bring your completed grid

Week 5

2/14 :: Bring your completed outline and introduction paragraph for Project 1; read the Purdue OWL's resource on organizing a paper and the OWL's citation resources (read the one you're using): Chicago Manual Style; MLA; APA; extra reading: Simmons and Grabill article; WTOP news brief on Cheney and Waterboarding and the U.S. Department of Justice's stance on waterboarding: U.S. Department of Justice Memo

2/16 :: Citation quiz; bring rough draft of Project 1 for the writing workshop; Richnor Springs group: bring your outline of introduction and list of questions that you will use for the Feb. 20 neighborhood association meeting

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Unit 2 (Rhetoric in Civic Contexts) - Week 6 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet; Service-Learning Option

2/21 :: Richnor Springs group: read the Anderson section on service-learning projects and attend the neighborhood association meeting at 6:45 PM in the 5104 Buildling off of York Road. Download and bring a copy of the Purdue OWL's audience analysis tables and fill in as much information as you can from your experience at the meeting

2/21 :: Project 1 due; read Project 2 assignment sheet, Having Your Say 1-11, and Aristotle's Proofs

2/23 :: Reading quiz 2; read Having Your Say 15-30 and The Essential Guide 35-40 and Induction and Deduction, Identifying Induction and Deduction; Richnor Springs group: complete the reflection for 2/23

Week 7

2/28 :: Read Having Your Say 66-86 - do Recognize/Evaluate exercise A; read the Declaration of Independence; Richnor Springs project group: begin reading SNAP Plan and the Anderson section on design

3/1 :: Read Having Your Say 31-42; read print out and bring to class the Stasis Worksheet; Richnor Springs group: begin reading the Purdue OWL resources on visual rhetoric and document design

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 :: Reading quiz 3; read Having Your Say 43-65 - do Recognize/Evaluate exercise A; review Basic Rhetorical Analysis, and the Complex Rhetorical Analysis maps (what you need to do for Project 2); Richnor Springs group: read the Purdue OWL's resource on Audience Analysis (what you need to do for Project 2)

3/15 :: Read The Essential Guide 47-50, Identifying Fallacies 1, Identifying Fallacies 2, and the Fallacies Taxonomy; read op-eds from Baltimore Sun and The Greyhound; Richnor Springs group: complete the structured reflection for 3/15

Week 10

3/20 :: Bring rough draft of Project 2 for workshop 1

3/22 :: Bring rough draft of Project 2 for workshop 2

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Unit Three (Collaborative Rhetoric) - Week 11 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

3/27 :: Project 2 due; read Project 3 assignment sheet; read introduction to Rogerian rhetoric and the longer discussion

3/29 :: Read Having Your Say 199-212 and "Not to Shy Away"; watch an episode of Reliable Sources

Week 12

4/3 :: Read overviews of political think tanks, gerrymandering, politcal action committees, and attack ads; read Having Your Say 213-235

4/5 :: No class, Easter Break

Week 13

4/10 :: Grammar and Mechanics Test; read Having Your Say 257-274 and the Fish interview

4/12 :: Reading quiz 4; read Having Your Say 290-307, Reason as a Weapon, and bring in your synthesis tree

Week 14

4/17 :: Bring your Project 3 outline and introduction paragraph; read Having Your Say 337-356; Richnor Springs: complete the structured reflection for 4/17

4/19 :: In-class work day

Week 15

4/24 :: Bring your rough draft for Project 3 workshop #1. Richnor Springs groups present deliverables to Association President at 6:45 PM in 5104 building (with me); read the sample of non-Western rhetorics

4/26 :: Last day of class; bring your complete rough draft for Project 3 workshop #2

5/4 :: Bring your printed final draft of Project 3 to MD Hall 240 for your exam at 6:30 PM. Remember to write your name and mailbox number on your envelope; also, remember to include your Prime Minister's Questions and debate response

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