Rhetoric & Composition I: Autumn 2012 Rotating Header Image

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 knowing about—and adjusting for—any changes by getting notes and other materials from a classmate. Professional protocols and collegiality call for 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
Introductions, key concepts, & course goals
Thursday 9/6 In class: Introductions, key concepts, & course goals 
: Course Survey

 Week 2
Designing compositions rhetorically: 
purpose, audience, context

Tuesday 9/11

9/11/2001 front page

Reading: NYT, “Other Men’s Flowers” — Sunday Review, p.10
In class
: Summaries
: Article summary, posted to your Digication

Over the next few days:

  • Post your reading environment — an image and some explanatory, descriptive text — that shows how and where you’re reading the NYT: dialogic #1. Include your initial impressions of your first week reading the NYT. Yes, you are allowed to have a sense of humor.
  • Spend some time with your NYT, including the various digital apps
Thursday 9/13

No class meeting today

Duedialogic #1

Due: post your revised initial, first summary in précis form, and keep both versions; we want to be able to see your original summary and the revised version, in précis form. Here’s one possible organizing principle for that.

St. Martin’s 13b: “Working with quotations”; note how some of the signal verbs are rhetorically active verbs (“claims”) and some are not (“says”). Can you tell the difference? Samples.

 Week 3
Reading and writing rhetorically: 
ethos, pathos, & logos
Tuesday 9/18

In classPage One: Inside the New York Times

Reading: NYT, as assigned Sunday via email:
Everyone should read the front section and the Sunday Review section; you image titleshould also be seeking out sections that tend to interest you more than others — Sports, Business, Arts, Style & Fashion — try to note stories, trends, and writers that interest you. 

DuePrécis on “Power of Political Communion” (SR, p.5)

Thursday 9/20

Reading: NYT, as assigned
DueRhetorical précis — your choice — any argument, essay, editorial, or opinion from the Op-Ed section — it can be from last Sunday’s paper or any daily edition this week.

In class:

 Week 4
Planning and drafting a textual analysis
& individual conferences — schedule and sign-up TBA
Tuesday 9/25

Reading: We will begin class by going around the room and hearing an informal 60-90 second overview of an interesting article that you read in the Sunday NYT — any section, any topic — why it was important and relevant to you, and why it should be important and relevant to us. It’s a great way to get a tour of the Sunday paper, and to find out what people are interested in.

Due: Textual Analysis draft + rhetorical précis
In class
: Writing workshop — Peer Review: St. Martin’s 4b

Thursday 9/27

Reading NYT, as assigned
In class: Editorial Peer Reviews, continued
Due: Editorial Peer Review

 Week 5
Advocacy and Argument: Op-Ed Project
… and why you’ll want to be in a good writing group the next several years
Tuesday 10/2

ReadingNYT, as assigned
: Textual Analysis, Final Draft
Previewing the argument & advocacy Op-Ed assignment:

From your St. Martin’s Guide:

  • 9b: Determining whether a statement can be argued 
  • 9i: Organizing an argument 
  • 9k: A student’s argument essay
Thursday 10/4 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Persuasive Writing Workshop 
: Op-Ed Statement of Purpose and Dialogic Reflection #2
Sunday 10/7 Deadline Mid-term Self Assessment
 Week 6
Writing workshops: advocacy and argument
Tuesday 10/9 Reading: NYT, as assigned

The first sentence of your first paragraph will begin, “I have come to believe that _______________________ …”

The first sentence of every subsequent paragraph will begin with some variation on,

“I wonder sometimes, however …”
“And sometimes I wonder …”
“But sometimes I wonder …”

Thursday 10/11

Reading: NYT, as assigned
: Op-Ed project, second draft

Sunday 10/14 Due: Peer Review: St. Martin’s 4b
 Week 7
Advocacy and Argument
Tuesday 10/16

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In Class: Op-Ed project, continued

Due: Op-Ed project, editing and proofreading version

Preview Letters to the Editor:

Thursday 10/18 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Op-Ed Project, final draft
 Week 8
Letters to the Editor, Election Projects,
& Individual conferences — schedule and sign-up TBA
Tuesday 10/23

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Letters to the Editor

Thursday 10/25 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class
: Election projects, continued
 Week 9
Election Projects, continued
Tuesday 10/30 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class
: Election projects, continued
Thursday 11/1 Reading: NYT, as assigned
Due: Election projects
 Week 10
Conclusion and portfolio development
Tuesday 11/6

Preview and overview: Portfolio Assignment

Election Day.

Election Day Coverage
Lincoln Park Campus – Student Center Atrium 
Starting at 12:00 pm 

Loop Campus – DePaul Center, 11th floor Gallery 
12:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday 11/8

In class: Digital Portfolio Workshop
Reading: St. Martin’s e-Handbook
65c: A student’s portfolio cover letter

Types of First Year Writing Portfolios:

 Finals Week
Tuesday 11/13 Digital Portfolio Workshop: Audience-based & professionally composed portfolios

You can work on your portfolios during this time; we will problem-solve any technical or organizational issues; and we will discuss editing

It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the conventions of academic and professional discourse and how you can use them to establish credibility for yourself and for the work you present in your portfolio.

* Week 10 Portfolio Resources

Office hours this week and next:

  • Monday 11/12: 10:00-noon
  • Tuesday 11/13: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11/14: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 11/15: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday 11/16: Noon-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday 11/19: 10:00-1:00 p.m.

Our scheduled exam time, when we will meet for the final, official delivery of your WRD103 Portfolio:

Section 113
Tuesday, 11/20: 8:45- 11:00 am

Section 126
Tuesday, 11/20: 11:45 – 2:00 pm