WRD 103: Composition & Rhetoric I: Winter Quarter 2015 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
Monday, January 5th In class: Introductions, key concepts, & course goals
Due: Course Survey

Wednesday, January 7th

In class: NYT as assigned
Due: article summary, your choice:

Email your summary to yourself or bring it on a laptop; you’ll need some digital access to it in class.

Week 2
Summary & Analysis
St. Martin’s Handbook, Chapter 8
Monday, January 12th

In class: NYT as assigned — I’ll email instructions on Sunday

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 #2Rhetorical précis — your choice: any persuasive essay in this week’s Sunday Review section

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.

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

Wednesday, January 14th

In class: NYT as assigned
Due: Rhetorical précis:

— 9:40 section: Bruni, “Your God and My Dignity:
Religious Liberty, Bigotry and Gays”
— 11:20 section: Kreider: “When Art Is Dangerous (or Not)”

 Week 3
Reading and writing rhetorically: ethos, pathos, & logos
Monday, January 19th

Due: Rhetorical précis on an article of your choice

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.

Wednesday, January 21st

In class

9:40 section: Redefining Mental Illness
11:20 section: Smart Guns Save Lives. So Where Are They?

View Page One: Inside the New York Times

 Week 4
Planning and drafting a rhetorical analysis
& individual conferences — schedule and sign-up TBA
Monday, January 26th Reading: NYT, as assigned
Due: annotated copy article TBA and Page One reflection

In class: Writing Center Presentation; moving from summary to rhetorical analysis

Wednesday, January 28th In class: NYT, continued; peer reviews
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
Reading: NYT, as assigned TBA
In class: Editing & proofreading workshop
Wednesday 2/4


Due: Rhetorical Analysis, Final Draft

  • Paragraph transitions: St. Martin’s 1.5e; p. 128
  • Conclusions: St. Martin’s 1.5f; p. 130

Preview Letters to the Editor:

Last names A-L: submit by 2/18 and BCC me
Last names M-Z: submit by 3/4 and BCC me

 Week 6
Writing workshops: advocacy and argument

Reading: NYT, as assigned
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: Midterm self-reflection

Wednesday 2/11

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Writing workshop

Due: Op-Ed exploratory essay, 250-350 words

 Week 7
Advocacy and Persuasion

Due: Op-Ed project draft #2
Draft #2 made available to Peer Reviewer so that she or he has time to write an editorial peer review 

Wednesday 2/18

Reading: NYT, as assigned

In class: Editing workshop

  • St. Martin’s 1.4 — especially 4.h and 4.1
    St. Martin’s: The Top 20

Editorial Peer Reviewers:

Compose a 2-3 paragraph phenomenological reading response while reading your partner’s Op-Ed 2nd draft. Make sure they get posted to your Digication page:

  • Phenomenological Review Provided
  • Phenomenological Review Received

2-3 paragraph phenomenological reading responses due Friday 2/20 at 5:00 p.m.

 Week 8
Editing and Proofreading

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: PIE paragraph (example)

Due: Op-Ed, final draft 

Preview: Remix the New York Times

Wednesday 2/25

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Remixing the New York Times workshop
Due: Remix worksheet

 Week 9
Remixing the New York Times

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Remixing the New York Times workshop
Due: Remix “draft”

Reading: NYT, as assigned
In class: Remixing the New York Times workshop
 Week 10
Conclusion and portfolio development

In class: Digital Portfolio Workshop


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 .

Due: New York Times, remixed + reflective Statement of Goals and Choices (SoGC)

 Finals Week

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

  • Section #203: Mon., March 16, 8:45 AM-11:00 a.m.
  • Section #205: Wed., March 18, 11:45 – 2:00 p.m.