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Course Calendar

Course Calendar

Please note that this calendar is designed to be flexible: we may make changes along the way, depending on your interests and the needs of the class. Should you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what you missed from a classmate and for knowing about—and adjusting for—any calendar changes. Professional protocols and collegiality ask you to alert us if you’ll be missing on a day when we’re having a workshop or when you are scheduled to present materials.

Week 1
“We Are What We Find, Not What We Search For”
Monday 3/28 In class: Introductions, key terms, course goals; WRD103 portfolio review and plans for integrating your WRD104 work



Reading: NYT –

In class: article summaries
: Career Counselor summary

Background: review in e-Handbook — summary and paraphrase (14f) and elements of argument (9a-g), especially claims, assumptions, and premises

Week 2
Relationships Between Research, Audience, & Purpose
Individual Conferences, TBA
Mon. 4/4 Reading: NYT from the Week in Review Section:

  • Perlin: “Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges” (p.11)
  • Vargas-Cooper: “We Work Hard, But Who’s Complaining?” (p.11)

In class: Rhetorical précis method of summary

  • Revised “Career Counselor” summary in rhetorical précis format
  • Rhetorical précis #2: your choice — Perlin or Vargas-Cooper

Wed. 4/6 Reading: NYT, continued: Sunday Styles section and the NYT Magazine nyt
In class
: Rhetorical précis method of summary
Due: Rhetorical précis on “Why We Travel” (Travel, p.1)
Week 3
Analyzing Arguments & Advocacy
Mon. 4/11 Reading:

In class: From text to context
: Rhetorical précis — Heffernan and Butler; we’ll do the Butler précis in class.

Wed. 4/13 Reading: Butler, continued
In class
: Argument analysis workshop
Due: Argument analysis draft #1
Week 4
Analyzing Arguments & Advocacy: Text, Image, and Sound
Mon. 4/18 Reading: NYT – report on an article of your choice
In class
: Argument analysis revising workshop
Due: Argument analysis draft #2 — multimodal version
Wed. 4/20 Reading: NYT – report on a section of your choice
In class
: NYT and multimodal reviews, continued

Due: Online library workshop

Week 5
Choosing and Narrowing a Topic: Argument, Persuasion, and Advocacy
Mon. 4/25 Reading: NYT: report on a section
In class
: Review and discuss initial inquiry questions
: Initial inquiry questions, based on assignment examples, posted to your Digication site. (See organizing principles.)


Wed. 4/27 Meet at Library, room #417: Research Orientation and Instruction

Reading: St. Martins e-Handbook, “Conducting Research” (16)
Due: Revised inquiry questions and Argument analysis final draft

* Sunday 5/1
Mid-term Self Assessment & Reflection

Note that for your mid-term self assessment & reflection, you may choose to submit it via an MSWord attachment in e-mail, if you prefer, rather than posting it to Digication. Your choice.

Week 6
Writing with a Method, a Perspective, and with Authority
Mon. 5/2 Reading: NYT article TBA Sunday
In class
: Project proposal workshop
: Project proposal

Wed. 5/4 In class: NYT, continued; integrating sources — review in St. Martin’s Guide, the OED, and the NYT
Week 7
Method, Perspective, Authority, Con’t: Multimodal Research & Composing
Mon. 5/9 Reading: NYT: Pakistan in context: what is our relationship with Pakistan? What should it be?
In class: Workshop & peer review: St. Martin’s 14c (sources)
Due: Contextual analysis project first draft
Wed. 5/11 In class: Workshop & peer review; continued NYT discussion on Pakistan and “Why We Celebrate a Killing” [Letters]


Week 8
Workshop: Making Connections Between Primary Texts, Secondary Texts, and Your Ideas

Individual Conferences, TBA

Mon. 5/16 Reading: NYT: Sunday front page and Week in Review
In class
: Workshop & peer review
: Contextual analysis project second draftBackground:

“Gist & predict”: editing for visual and logistical coherence
University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)
St. Martin’s 6b: Peer Review

  • The role of peer review
  • Tools of peer review
  • The process of peer review
  • Responses based on the stage of the draft
    • early-stage drafts
    • intermediate-stage drafts
    • late-stage drafts
Wed. 5/18 Reading: NYT, continued
In class: Editing & proofreading workshop
Due: Source Remix
Friday 5/20 Due: peer-review responses: be sure to carefully review St. Martin’s 6b: Peer Review, as you have options in how you respond — a letter or a marked-up word processing file with track changes, or a combination of both. Email your peer review to your colleague by Friday at midnight, and please CC me.

Week 9
Mon. 5/23 Reading: NYT: Front page, Keller on Twitter & memory (Magazine), “A Sexist Pig Myth” (Week in Review p.1)
St. Martin’s Companion site: the Top 20 and integrated quotations
In class: Proofreading workshop
: Contextual analysis project final draft
Wed. 5/25 Reading: NYT, continued
In class
: Proofreading, continued
: proofread contextual analysis

Preview: WRD104 course portfolios

Week 10
Mon. 5/30
No Class: Memorial Day (USA.gov)

“Most Americans know that Memorial Day is about honoring the nation’s war dead. It is also a holiday devoted to department store sales, half-marathons, picnics, baseball and auto racing. But where did it begin, who created it, and why? “

Wed. 6/1 In class: NYT, final reading & discussion

Preparing for the submission of final materials and projects

Finals Week

Section #310: Monday  June 6, 8:45 – 11:00 am
Section #330: Wednesday June 8, 11:45 – 2:00 pm


  • Your WRD104 Course Digication site
  • Our WRD104 Collective Portfolio

We will meet during our assigned Final Exam time for the final, official delivery of your WRD104 Portfolios. Extra optional office hours will be available if you need help with your portfolio before and during Finals Week