Unit 1 Schedule & Readings

Tuesday, August 27: Introduction to the Course

Homework:

  • Read BR: “Introduction” and “Chapter 1: The Basic Rhetorical Situation”
  • Blog 1: Introduce yourself! Write a short blog that includes (1) your academic interests, (2) your interests outside of school, and (3) your goals for this course.

Thursday, August 29: The Rhetorical Situation of Reports

Homework:

  • Read BR: “Chapter 2: The Expanded Rhetorical Situation;” “Chapter 3: Analyzing Textual Arguments,” sections 3a, 3c, and 3d
  • Read: Canagarajah, A Geopolitics of Academic Writing (pdf) and 10 Historic Events (skim)
  • Blog 2: Go to one of the websites you most frequently get news (yes, this can be a social media or entertainment). Click through some of the news reports and opinion pieces featured there. Write about why you get your news reports from that source. What types of news are most reported here? Who do you think the writers are? What is the main audience? What types of news or perspectives might be missing from this source?

Tuesday, September 3: Analyzing Reports for Implicit Arguments

Homework:

  • Read BR: “Chapter 8: Explaining,” sections 8b and 8c; “Chapter 9: Defining,” sections 9a and 9b
  • Begin drafting IW 1

Thursday, September 5: Explanations and Definitions as Arguments

Homework:

  • Read BR: “Chapter 12: Research,” section 12b (skim only); “Chapter 13,” section 13a
  • Choose a topic to research for WP 1 and begin reading perspectives about your topic
  • IW 1: Complete IW 1 (see assignment sheet) and post to course website using “Report Argument Analyses”

Tuesday, September 10: Defining Your Rhetorical Situations for WP1

* Class held virtually due to Convocation. Post to D2L discussion board under “In-Class Activities” and “September 10”

IW Due Today

Homework:

  • Begin writing first draft of your reports
  • Read “Bad Ideas about Writing Assessment” (pdf)

Thursday, September 12: Developing WP 1 Rubric and In-Class Work Day

Homework:

  • Complete first draft of your reports and post to D2L discussion board
  • Blog 3: Write about what you’ve learned in this course so far about rhetoric, argument, reports, the writing process, yourself as a writer, etc. Draw on readings and discussions from class and try to use direct quotes or specific examples. You might also discuss how you are approaching the first Writing Assignment and what you learned doing the Invention Writing.

Tuesday, September 17: Peer Review

*No office hours today due to conferences

Homework:

  • Begin revising WP 1
  • Come to your individual conferences ready to discuss your plans for revision and any questions you have about the assignment

September 18, 19, and 20: Individual Conferences

*No office hours today due to conferences

Homework:

  • Submit revised WP 1 to D2L

Tuesday, September 24: Introduction to Image as Argument

WP 1 Due Today