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August 30 (M): Introduction to the course

In Class: Syllabus and Course Policies
Fill out information sheet
Meet your classmates and exchange information

September 1 (W): Academic Writing

Reading: TSIS IX-XVIII "Demystifying Academic Conversation"
EWR XI-XII "Introduction to Academic Writing"
In Class: Writing Sample
Discussion: What is the rhetoric of a chair?
What is writing and what makes it academic?

September 3 (F): Academic Writing **We will meet in the lab for the first time: Tawes 0232.**

Reading: AWH 1-5 "What is Academic Writing"
EWR 143 "Argument of Inquiry- What is it? What's the point?"
In Class: Assignment Sheet for Paper 1: Experience as Evidence
Discussion: What are the expectations for Paper 1?
What is an argument of inquiry?

September 6 (M):Labor Day (No Class)

September 8 (W):  Canons of Rhetoric, The Stases, and Exigence

Reading: EWR 3-13 "Canons of rhetoric, Stasis Theory, and Exigence"
TSIS 88-96 "So what? Who cares?"
In Class:
Quiz (Five canons of rhetoric, Five Stases, Exigence)
Discussion: So What? Who cares? What is and how do I create exigence?

September 10 (F): Joining the Discourse Community ** Every Friday meet in 0232 **

Reading: TSIS 1-14 "Entering the Conversation"
EWR 28-29 "Civic Engagement and English 101"
Discussion: What is good and bad about templates?
What is an "academic move"?
Why does our writing matter?
How does rhetoric empower us to make differences in our lives and our communities?

***Note: Monday, September 13 is the last day for schedule adjustment (Drop/Add)***

September 13 (M): Making Rhetoric Appealing

Due: Three short typed paragraphs describing three potential topics (Refer to the Paper 1 Assignment Sheet)
Reading: EWR 20-25 "Writing for an Audience"
EWR 104-108 "The Three Rhetorical Appeals"
In Class: Paper 1 Invention Sheet

September 15 (W): Storytelling as Argument

Due: Paper 1 Invention Sheet
Reading: EWR 144-149 "Using Narrative in Argument of Inquiry"
EWR 363-375 MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (Make sure you read the opening letter from the clergy)

How can a story begin an argument of inquiry?

September 17 (F): Structuring an Argument

EWR 18-19 "Argument Paragraphs: Claims, Evidence, and Analysis"
In Class: Writing effective argument paragraphs
Begin sample paragraph

September 20 (M): Draft Workshop Practice

Reading: EWR 26-28 "Peer Review: An Introduction"
In Class: Review sample papers
Discussion: What is and is not helpful in a peer review?

September 22 (W): Draft Workshop

Full Rough Draft of Paper #1 (Bring to class!)
In Class: Draft Workshop

September 24 (F): From Inquiry to Argument

Due: Paper #1 Experience as Evidence
Reading: EWR 37-46 "Inquiry to Argument"
Discussion: What is the difference between a civic and academic discourse community?
What is evidence? What is a fact? What is a claim?

September 27 (M): Library Day
**Meet in McKeldin Library**

September 29 (W): Rhetorical Analysis

EWR 51-79 "Analyzing Texts"
In Class: Assignment Sheet for Paper #2: Research as Evidence
Discussion: How do I develop a strong thesis?

October 1 (F): No Class Meeting

October 4 (M) Rhetorical Analysis (Continued)

Reading: EWR 80-101
In Class: Analyzing the rhetoric of advertising/comics
The 3 Appeals, Logical Fallacies

October 6 (W): Facts, Values, and Toulmin Logic

Reading: EWR 113-127 "Inquiring About Facts and Information"
In Class: Understanding data, claims, and warrants in Toulmin logic
Discussion: What is a fact and what is an opinion?
Can facts become untrue?
How do values shape rhetoric?

October 8 (F): Introducing and Summarizing Other Critics

Reading: TSIS 17-27 "They Say," TSIS 28-37 "Her Point Is," TSIS 195-197 "Don't Blame the Eater"
Discussion: How do I frame what others say?
What makes a good summary?

October 11 (M): Summarizing Others

Reading: TSIS 39-47 "As He Himself Puts It"
Discussion: How do I know if I should summarize or quote?
How do I present evidence clearly?

October 13 (W): The Mechanics of Quotation

Reading: AWH 98-115 "Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources"
In Class: Quoting in MLA Format (Block quotes, brackets, ellipses)

October 15 (F): Your Own Voice

Reading: TSIS 51-71 "Three Ways to Respond"
In Class: Practicing the three types of response

October 18 (M): Engaging the Other Side

Reading: TSIS 74-86 "Planting A Naysayer in your Text"
Discussion: How do I balance ethos, audience, and objection?

October 20 (W): Common Pitfalls of College Writing

In Class: Editing for Concision
Breaking down paragraphs
Strengthening conclusions

October 22 (F): Draft Workshop

Due: Full rough draft of Paper #2 (Bring to class! You may bring an electronic copy.)
In Class: Workshop

October 25 (M): The Stasis Grid

Due: Paper #2 Experience and Other Evidence
Reading: EWR 207-209 "Stasis Theory"
In Class: Exercises on EWR 210-212
Assign Stasis Grid

October 27 (W): A New Perspective

In Class: Assign Paper #3: Considering Another Side
Discussion: What makes Paper #3 different?

October 29 (F): Staying Positive

Reading: EWR 241-242 "Maintaining a Positive Stance"
Discussion: How do I change my perspective or at least fake it?
In Class: Developing positive theses.

November 1 (M): Addressing a Different Perspective

Reading: EWR 244-256 "Recycling Creates Jobs and Boosts Economy"
Discussion: How are these arguments effective or ineffective?
What alternative perspectives might exist besides these two?

November 3 (W): Making your Writing Flow

Reading: TSIS 101-114 "Connecting the Parts"
In Class: Utilizing transitions and pointing

November 5 (F): No Class Meeting

November 8 (M): Responding to the Opposition

Reading: EWR 263-265 "Refuting, Conceding, Bridging"
In Class: Challenging our own views (Refuting, conceding, and bridging perspectives)

***Note: Monday, November 8 is the last day to drop with a W***

November 10 (W): Exercising Rhetoric

Reading: EWR 344-354 "The Political Power of Hip-Hop"
In Class: Rhetorical debate

November 12 (F): Draft Workshop

Due: Full Draft of Paper #3 (Bring to class!)
In Class: Workshop

November 15 (M): Conferences (No class meeting)

**All students will have individual conferences during this period (November 15-24) concerning the direction of the final paper**

November 17 (W): Your own Voice and Metacommentary

Due: Paper #3: Considering Another Side (with Stasis Grid)
Reading: TSIS 115-132 "Ain't So / Is Not"
In Class: Writing reader-friendly texts for clarity and for effect

November 19 (F): The Final Paper

In Class: Assign Paper #4: Final Position Paper
Discussion: How do I put it all together?

November 22 (M): Conferences (No class meeting)

November 24 (W): Conferences (No class meeting)

November 26 (F): Thanksgiving Break (No Class)

November 29 (M): Creating a Full Argument

Reading: EWR 259-262 "Parts of a Full Argument"
In Class: Giving structure to longer essays

December 1 (W): Addressing Common Issues

In Class: Grammar/Usage/Mechanics

December 3 (F): Oral Rhetoric

Reading: Current Event (To be announced)

In Class: Rhetoric on the spot

December 6 (M): Draft Workshop #1

Due: Rough draft of Paper #4 (Bring to class!)
In Class: Workshop

December 8 (W): Draft Workshop #2

Due: Rough draft of Paper #4 (Bring to class!)
In Class: Workshop

December 10 (F): Wrapping Up

Due: Paper #4: Final Position Paper and Folder (Including graded copies of papers #1, #2, and #3)
Discussion: Engaging with inquiry and rhetoric throughout your academic career
In Class: Course evaluations