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Course Schedule

Unit One – Critical Reading and Rhetorical Analysis

Week 1

9/6 :: Course introduction; review syllabus

9/8 :: Read email etiquette and send me a hello email following etiquette guidelines; read Project 1 assignment sheet; read “The Watcher at the Gate“; in-class writing (I will provide the prompt)

Week 2 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

9/11 :: Read RRW ch. 1 pp. 3-10 and answer questions

9/13 :: Read “The Long, Painful and Repetitive History of How Baltimore Became Baltimore“; read the Purdue OWL and Easy Writer citation resources (read only the one you’re going to use for Project 1): Chicago Manual StyleMLAAPA

9/15 :: Read RRW ch. 1 pp. 10-32, answer questions and bring half ch. 1 questions typed to class for submission – this is the process we will use for the rest of the term with chapters and questions from RRW; you may want to get started on “The Case for Reparations” because it’s long

Week 3

9/18 :: Outline for Project 1 due; read “The Case for Reparations“; read Body Paragraphs from the Purdue OWL to get an idea of essay organization

9/20 :: Introductory paragraph for Project 1 due; read writing genres and this spiffy graphic

9/22 :: Reading quiz 1 on genre, critical reading, and “The Case for Reparations”; read Project 2 assignment sheet; in-class punctuation exercises from the Purdue OWL

Week 4

9/25 :: Bring Project 1 rough draft for the workshop

9/25 :: Extra credit event - Loyola Rhetoric Society meeting at 6 PM in the writing department lounge

9/27 :: Project 1 due; read the CityLab article about redlining in Baltimore; and take a look at the Mapping Inequality resource – when you zoom in on Baltimore, be sure you select the small “i-circle” icon in the column on the right side of the page  read the information in the window that pops up when you select that icon

9/29 :: Read RRW ch. 2 pp. 35-47; in-class citation work

Week 5 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

10/2 :: Read RRW ch. 2 pp. 47-66 and answer questions; bring half ch. 2 questions typed to class for submission

10/4 :: Read the Project 2 assignment sheet; read RRW ch. 3 pp. 71-81 and answer questions

10/6 :: Watch the Pope’s address to the US congress (here is the complete text); read the Big Seven Handout in the Course Resources at the top of this page

Week 6

10/9 :: Read RRW ch. 3 pp. 81-96 and answer questions; bring half ch. 3 questions typed to class for submission

10/11 :: Read RRW ch. 6 pp. 151-160 and answer questions; you should have your Project 2 article selected by this point; read this article about fake news

10/13 :: Read the Purdue OWL’s Paramedic Method and the Five Principles of Readability

Week 7

10/16 :: Read RRW ch. 6 pp. 160-178; bring half ch. 6 questions typed to class for submission; in-class mid-term exam study session

10/18 :: Team/group study session for mid-term on 10/23

10/20 :: Class cancelled for mid-term break (mid-term grades due by 3:00 on – U = unsatisfactory, S = satisfactory)

Week 8

10/23 ::  Mid-term exam on course material covered up to this point

10/25 :: Bring your outline and first paragraph for Project 2 to class; read Seyler ch in section 3 for the genre of your Project 2 article  – in-class exercise: determining the genre of argument for your article

10/27 :: read the Baltimore Sun article on the racist Rodgers Forge covenant; read a couple articles from; read what Mark Cuban has to say about a liberal arts education; in-class logical fallacies practice

Unit Two – Research and Presentation

Week 9 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

10/30 :: Project rough draft is 2 due printed for class STAPLEDmeet in the LND library; read the Project 3 assignment sheet and RRW ch. 11; answer the questions

11/1 :: Meet in the LND library and bring your buddy's draft with comments and suggestions

11/3 :: Bring the answers from half of the RRW ch. 11 questions to class typed for submission; read RRW ch. 12 pp. 263-273; review the Exploratory Research Map and these: Empirical Research Map the Empirical Research Methodology, and Observations, Interviews, and Surveys

Week 10

11/6 :: Project 2 is due; choose whether you're going to do an information report on a local non-profit or a proposal on a local issue for project 3 and bring in two possible non-profs or issues to research; read RRW ch. 12 pp. 274-279 

11/8 :: Read the introduction to the book Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher and the talk by Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. ; read excerpt from Blockbusting in Baltimore

11/9 :: Extra credit event - Sexuality and Justice: Beyond Rhetoric in the 4th floor program room at 7 PM

11/10 ::  Meet in front of LND library for our experiential research trip to GEDCO/CARES. This is a mandatory trip; read “Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding in Baltimore” and the GEDCO/CARES website 

Week 11

11/13 :: Bring in the name of your non-profit you're going to research for project 3 or the issue you're researching to address for project 3 - this is your deadline for choosing a non-profit or local issue; read the Stasis Worksheet; read Stasis Theory, and Stasis Methodology

11/15 :: Complete as much of your stasis worksheet as possible – type, print, and bring to class; read RRW ch. 13 pp. 281-298 and one Project 3 sample from the course website

11/16 :: Extra credit event - the writing department's Modern Masters Reading Series presents Khaled Mattawa poetry reading at 6 PM in McManus Theater. Remember to do the extra credit reflection outlined in the course resources above and submit that within seven days

11/17 :: Bring your primary and secondary research questions to class and bring your Project 3 audience analysis to class; read RRW ch. 4 and answer questions; read the Purdue OWL’s Audience Analysis resource; read this pizzagate article and its follow up, as well as

Week 12

11/20 :: Bring your Project 3 outline to class; read the class handout of possible Project 3 outlines and RRW ch. 13 pp. 298-311; grammar and mechanics exam in-class study session

11/22 :: Class cancelled for Thanksgiving break

11/24 :: Class cancelled for Thanksgiving break

Week 13

11/27 :: Grammar and mechanics exam; read excerpt from Not in My Neighborhood; review the Baltimore Anchor Plan at the top of this page

11/29 :: Reading quiz 2 on Blockbusting in Baltimore and Not in My Neighborhood; read one Project 3 sample from the course website; also read “Who Are We?” and  Creating Just Language handout from the CCSJ

12/1 :: Bring your Project 3 introduction paragraph to class; read the Purdue OWL’s Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy Presentation

Week 14

12/4 :: Project 3 rough draft is due; read the presentation checklist

12/6 :: Class cancelled for conferences; read the dress code infographic

12/8 :: Guest lecture on professional presentations: Dr. Stephanie R. Hurter. Bio: Dr. Stephanie R. Hurter works for the U.S. Agency for International Development where she coordinates the U.S. government’s foreign policy and development objectives for U.S. civilian foreign assistance in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Previously, Dr. Hurter worked for the Department of State and George Mason University where she developed and led a series of democracy and human rights projects, as well as public history and digital humanities websites. Dr. Hurter received her PhD from George Mason University in American political history.

Week 15

12/11 :: Last day of class

12/15 :: Final Exam. WR100.03S @ 9 AM. Project 3 is due along with your PowerPoint presentation and your revision of Project 1 or 2 if you choose to do one. Attendance at your scheduled final exam time is required to pass. Please obtain university permission and let me know in advance if you need to reschedule your exam due to exam scheduling conflict.