For each chapter in our course text Rhetorical Grammar, we will work together to complete worksheet(s) of exercises prompted by the text.  These worksheets are to help you learn the theories outlined in each chapter.  If you do the reading, the worksheets will be manageable.  You should come to class prepared with the assigned worksheet(s) already completed in pencil.  You are free to make revisions to your work during class discussion in pen.  Worksheets will be collected and graded for credit or no credit.  The final grade for your Grammar Worksheets will be calculated by your cumulative effort toward each worksheet.

Your effort and understanding of these grammar worksheets will help you in drafting the three Grammatical Excursions assigned this semester.

Spring 2017      Section A      Mon / Wed      10:30 AM – 11:20 PM      126 Regina

Professor:  Dr. Michele Polak      email:

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EN215: Argument & Rhetoric

For this assignment, you will write three Grammatical Excursions, two short drafts, and one longer draft.  Excursions serve two purposes: they have you practice grammatical analysis and investigate the relationship between grammar and style, and they offer you an opportunity to hone your own grammatical choices for stylistic purposes.  When you understand grammar, you understand how to use language to its best and fullest potential, thus making your arguments stronger and more accessible.

Grammar Worksheets

In order to write a solid argument, you begin by looking at the arguments written by others.  For this assignment, you will write two analyses of argument essays.  By analyzing arguments, you will have a better understanding of how to best structure your own methods of persuasion.

For this assignment, read Max Shulman’s “Love is a Fallacy” in your book, From Critical Thinking to Argument.  You will then answer the prompt on page 356 of your book, “Topic for Critical Thinking and Writing,” drafting a response answering the prompts listed.

This course has taught you how to identify and analyze arguments through a rhetorical lens.  For your final project of the semester, you will use the skills you have learned to analyze and draft an argument of your own using one of the two methods studied, either the Toulmin or Rogerian forms of argument.