Rhetoric & Composition I: Autumn Quarter 2013 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
St. Martin’s Handbook, Chapter 1: Expectations for College Writing

Thursday September 12th In class: Introductions, key concepts, & course goals 
Due: Course Survey

Week 2
Summary & Analysis
St. Martin’s Handbook, Chapter 8
Tuesday 9/17

In class: NYT as assigned — I’ll email instructions on Sunday
Due: Summary of NYT article — your choice:

For class discussion, we’ll focus on p. A1 and the Sunday Review section — come prepared to discuss.

St. Martin’s Handbook, 8 b-f

Thursday 9/19

Due #1: 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.

Due #2: Due: Rhetorical précis

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 9/24

Due: Rhetorical précis — Kristof, “The Boy Who Stood Up to Syrian Injustice”

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.

In class: 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.

Thursday 9/26

No Class Meeting: view Page One: Inside the New York Times

Due: Rhetorical précis — your choice — any argument from the Op-Ed page from any daily edition this week.

Due: Reflection on Page One

 Week 4
Planning and drafting a rhetorical analysis
& individual conferences — schedule and sign-up TBA
Tuesday 10/1

Reading: NYT, as assigned

— “Are We Hard Wired for War?” (Sunday Review, 12). And if you were keeping a file of NYT essays that seemed to you examples of writers engaged in truth-seeking behavior, would you include this one? Why? Why not? 

— “Hey ‘Starry Night,’ Say ‘Cheese!'” (Sunday Review, 5)

— “Technology and the College Generation: Email Gets Failing Grades” (Style, 2)

Due: Dialogic reflection #1, posted to your Digication workspace  [canceled for now]
In class: Moving from summary to rhetorical analysis

Thursday 10/3 In class: Writing Center Presentation; NYT, continued
Peer Review Workshop: St. Martin’s Guide — 4.4b
Due: Rhetorical Analysis draft
 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 10/8

NYT, continued:

In class: finishing peer reviews 

Thursday 10/10

Reading: NYT, as assigned

Previewing the argument & advocacy Op-Ed assignment

From your St. Martin’s Guide:  

  • 9a: Arguing for a purpose
  • 9b: Determining whether a statement can be argued
  • 9i: Organizing an argument
  • 9k: A student’s argument essay

Due: Textual Analysis, Final Draft

 Week 6
Writing workshops: advocacy and argument
Tuesday 10/15

In class: Persuasive Writing Workshop 

9a: Arguing for a purpose
9b: Determining whether a statement can be argued
9k: A student’s argument essay
Review: Stasis

Due: Op-Ed Statement of Purpose 
Reading: NYT, as assigned

Thursday 10/17

Due: Op-Ed Draft

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 …”

Due: Mid-term Self Assessment (feel free to take until the weekend on your self assessment)

Monday 10/21 Draft #2 made available to Peer Reviewer so that she or he has time to write a rhetorical précis before class on Tuesday
 Week 7
Advocacy and Argument
Tuesday 10/22

Reading: NYT, as assigned

In Class: Op-Ed project, continued
Due: Op-Ed project 2nd draft 

Thursday 10/24 Reading: Three by Brooks
Due: one synthesis paragraph on Brooks

Preview Letters to the Editor:

Last names A-L: submit by Thursday, 11/7 and BCC me
Last names M-Z: submit by Thursday, 11/19 and BCC me

 Week 8
Print & Digital Literacy Project: Reading the New York Times
Tuesday 10/29

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Editing workshop

St. Martin’s 1.4 — especially 4.h and 4.1

Thursday 10/31

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Proofreading workshop

St. Martin’s: The Top 20

 Week 9
Technology & Literacy Project, Continued
& Individual conferences — * Bring printed out Op-Ed with proofreading marks
Tuesday 11/5 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Technology & Literacy Project Draft #1
Thursday 11/7 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Technology & Literacy Project Draft #2
 Week 10
Conclusion and portfolio development
Tuesday 11/12 Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Technology & Literacy Project Draft #3
Thursday 11/14

In class: Digital Portfolio Workshop


 Conclusion & Preparing for Course Portfolios
Tuesday 11/19

Portfolio workshop and editorial feedback  

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

 Finals Week

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

Section #129: Thursday November 21, 11:45–2:00 pm
Section #130: Tuesday November 26, 2:45–5:00 pm