WR100, Fall 2015

Course Resources

Course Schedule

Unit One – Genre, Rhetoric, and Writing

Week 1 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

9/1 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; writing genres

9/3 :: Read Project 1 assignment sheet; read “The Watcher at the Gate“; look through Writing Today and search the Internet and try to answer this question: what is rhetoric?; in-class writing (I will provide the prompt); also read email etiquette

Week 2

9/8 :: Read “The Long, Painful and Repetitive History of How Baltimore Became Baltimore

9/10 :: Choose the nonfiction article you will analyze; outline for Project 1 due (Project 1 outline checklist); read Writing Today chapters 1 and 2. You may also want to read ahead for next week – “The Case for Reparations” is long

Week 3

9/15 :: Finish reading “The Case for Reparations“; introductory paragraph for Project 1 due (Project 1 introduction paragraph checklist); read the Purdue OWL’s citation resources (read the one you’re using): Chicago Manual StyleMLAAPA

9/17 :: Reading quiz 1 on genre, the rhetorical situation, and “The Case for Reparations”; read Project 2 assignment sheet and Writing Today chapter 3, pages 136-160, and 624-629; in-class punctuation exercises from the Purdue OWL

Week 4 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

9/22 :: Bring Project 1 rough draft for workshop; read Body Paragraphs from the Purdue OWL to get an idea of essay organization, and read Writing Today pages 401-408; read the CityLab article about redlining in Baltimore

9/24 :: Project 1 due; read Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion from the Purdue OWL for ethos, pathos, and logos; read Aristotle’s Proofs. For your reference, here are the maps for a Basic Rhetorical Analysis and a Complex Rhetorical Analysis, as well as Rhetorical Analysis Sample

Week 5

9/29 :: Bring your Project 2 article – make sure it’s an argumentative article (look for a strong thesis); watch part of the Pope’s address to the US congress (here is the complete text); read the Big Seven Handout in the Course Resources at the top of this page; read this article on the influences of a Jesuit education, and read the Declaration of Independence

10/1 :: Project 2 outline due; read Writing Today chapter 22 and pages 409-414; watch part of the 8 PM GOP presidential debate from 9/16; read Identifying Fallacies 1 and Identifying Fallacies 2

Week 6

10/6 :: Project 2 rough draft due for conference workshop; read the Purdue OWL’s Paramedic Method and the Five Principles of Readability; sign up for conferences; please read: author of “The Case for Reparations” wins 2015 MacArthur “genius grant” award

10/8 :: Reading quiz 2; read Project 3 assignment sheet (below) and one proposal from the Writing for Change page; read half of Writing Today chapter 24; read the Exploratory Research Map

Unit Two – Conducting Research

Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

10/13 :: Project 2 due; research workshop; read second half of Writing Today chapter 24 and all of chapter 1, as well as some sample proposals from the text and from the Writing for Change page on this website; mid-term grades due 10/16 by 3 PM (S = satisfactory work; U = unsatisfactory work)

10/15 :: Read Writing Today chapter 25; review and use the LND Research Guide; read Evaluating SourcesRequirements for Exploratory Writing Log and Annotated Bibliography, and the sample Research Log

Week 8

10/20 :: Decide on your research topic for Project 3read Writing Today chapter 12, Empirical Research Map the Empirical Research MethodologyLND Research Handout and Observations, Interviews, and Surveys

10/22 :: Citation quiz; read excerpt from Blockbusting in Baltimore

Week 9

10/27 :: Project 3 primary and two secondary research questions due – use this stasis worksheet to help you: (print out and bring to class) Stasis Worksheet; read Stasis Theory, and Stasis Methodology

10/29 :: Complete as much of your stasis worksheet as possible – type, print, and bring to class; read kairos

Week 10

11/3 :: Project 3 outline and audience analysis due (review Writing Today chapter 3 for how to do your audience analysis and make sure you identify your primary decision maker); read excerpt from Not in My Neighborhood

11/5 :: Read “Who Are We?” and  Creating Just Language handout from the CCSJ; conference sign up

Week 11

11/10 :: Project 3 introductory paragraph due; bring your audience analysis; read Writing Today chapter 18; in-class work day for project 3

11/12 :: Conferences and in-class work time for Project 3

Week 12

11/17 :: Project 3 rough draft due for workshop; read Writing Today chapters 5; in-class writing

11/19 :: Project 3 due; read these flash memoirs: LeapDumber ThanFree Tibet, Man!; read Project 4 assignment sheet; in-class writing; 

Unit 3 – Reflecting and Presenting

Week 13 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

11/24 :: Reading quiz 3 (on Blockbusting in Baltimore and Not in My Neighborhood); read Writing Today chapter 18; read the Purdue OWL’s Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy Presentation; in-class writing

11/26 :: Thanksgiving break, no class

Week 14

12/1 :: Grammar and mechanics test; read these: Speaking of designand the redesigns; in-class work day

12/3 :: Reading quiz 4; read Writing Today chapter 32 and the presentation checklist; in-class activity: compose the first two slides of your end-of-term PowerPoint presentation

Week 15

12/8 :: Memoir and PowerPoint rough drafts due for conference workshop

12/15 :: Final Exam in Maryland Hall 240 at 1 PM. Project 4 due with five-minute presentation. Attendance at your scheduled final exam time is required to pass this class. Please obtain university permission and let me know in advance if you need to reschedule your exam due to exam scheduling conflict.