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

Professor:  Dr. Michele Polak      email:  mpolak@ndc.edu

Office:  419 Admin Building      Office Hours:  MWF: 11:30-12:30p; Tues: 1-2p

EN215: Argument & Rhetoric

WEEK ONE

Mon, Jan 9

  1. Introductions

READ FOR TODAY:

Course Syllabus


Wed, Jan 11

  1. Making an Argument

  2. Text: Kleinman

  3. Text: Navarrette

READ FOR TODAY:

Kleinman, “Meet the people who believe the Earth is flat”

Navarrette, ‘Terror babies’: The new immigration scare tactic


Fri, Jan 13

LAST DAY TO DROP

  1. What is Rhetoric?

  2. Text: Covino & Jolliffe

READ FOR TODAY:

Covino & Jolliffe, “What is Rhetoric?”


WEEK TWO

Mon, Jan 16

MLK Day: Class does not meet


Wed, Jan 18

  1. Intro Grammatical Excursion Assignments

  2. Grammar review:  What do we already know?

  3. Text: RG: Introduction

  4. Text: RG: Ch 1

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: “Introduction”

RG: Ch 1: A Review of Words and Phrases  6

Grammatical Excursions

Worksheet:  Intro, Ch 1

Parts of Speech


Fri, Jan 20

  1. Text: CCA, Ch 1

  2. Text: CCA, Orwell

  3. Text: CCA, Obama

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Ch 1: Analyzing Arguments 3

CCA: Orwell, “Shooting an
Elephant” 275

CCA:  Obama, “Commencement Address” 198


WEEK THREE

Mon, Jan 23

  1. Applying Critical Thinking

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 1

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 1: Critical Thinking 3


Wed, Jan 25

  1. Sentence Patterns

  2. Text: RG: Ch 2

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 2: Sentence Patterns 17

Worksheet: Sentence Patterns


Fri, Jan 27

  1. Considering Audience

  2. The Rhetorical Situation

READ FOR TODAY:

The Rhetorical Situation


WEEK FOUR

Mon, Jan 30

  1. Applying Critical Reading

  2. Avoiding Plagiarism

  3. Text:  FCTA, Ch 2

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 2: Critical Reading: Getting Started 39

The Writing Process

Incident of Plagiarism Form


Wed, Feb 1

  1. Sentence Patterns

  2. Text: RG: Ch 2

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 2: Sentence Patterns 17

Ephron, Gramm Excursion Exercise


Fri, Feb 3

  1. Text: CCA, Swift

  2. Text: CCA, Brady

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Brady, “I Want a Wife” 310

CCA: Swift, “A Modest Proposal” 257


WEEK FIVE

Mon, Feb 6

  1. Applying Critical Argument

  2. Text:  FCTA, Ch 3

  3. Text: CCA, Brady

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 3: Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments 70

CCA: Brady, “I Want a Wife” 310

Reading Rhetorically

Reading Strategies


Wed, Feb 8

  1. Sentence Patterns

  2. Text: RG: Ch 2

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 2: Sentence Patterns 17

Ephron, Gramm Excursion Exercise


Fri, Feb 10

  1. Verbs

  2. Text: RG: Ch 3

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 3: Our Versatile Verbs

Worksheet: Verbs

WEEK SIX

Mon, Feb 13

  1. Applying Critical Thinking

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 1

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 1: Critical Thinking 3


Wed, Feb 15

DUE:  First Short Grammatical Excursion Assignment

  1. Coordination and Subordination

  2. Text: RG: Ch 4

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 4: Coordination and Subordination 51

Worksheet: Coordination & Subordination


Fri, Feb 17

  1. Applying Critical Argument

  2. Text:  FCTA, Ch 3

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 3: Critical Reading: Getting Deeper into Arguments 70


WEEK SEVEN

Mon, Feb 20

  1. Intro Analysis of an Argument Assignments

  2. Argument Analysis

  3. Writing Critically

  4. Text: FCTA, Ch 5

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 5: Writing an Analysis of an Argument 147

Analysis of an Argument

Writing Critically

Transition Words


Wed, Feb 22

  1. Adverbials

  2. Text: RG: Ch 5

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 5: Choosing Adverbials 76

Worksheet: Adverbials


Fri, Feb 24

  1. Text: CCA, Plato

  2. Text: CCA, Ch 4

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Plato, “Myth of the Cave” 248

CCA: Ch 4: A College Education: What Is Its Purpose? 109


WEEK EIGHT

Mon, Feb 27

  1. Visual Rhetoric

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 4

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 4: Visual Rhetoric: Images as Arguments 117


Wed, Mar 1

  1. Adjectivals

  2. Text: RG: Ch 6

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 6: Choosing Adjectivals 91

Worksheet: Adjectivals


Fri, Mar 3

DUEShort Analysis Argument

  1. Text: CCA, Ephron

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Ephron, “The Boston Photographs” 71


WEEK NINE

Mon, Mar 6 - Fri, Mar 10

SPRING BREAK:  Classes do not meet


WEEK TEN

Mon, Mar 13

  1. Developing an Argument

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 6

  3. Text: CCA, Ch 2

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 6: Developing an Argument of Your Own 167

CCA: Ch 2: Writing Arguments 24


Wed, Mar 15

  1. Nominals

  2. Text: RG: Ch 7

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 7: Choosing Nominals 110

Worksheet: Nominals


Fri, Mar 17

  1. Text: CCA, Ch 5 

  2. Text: CCA, Wilson

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Ch 5: The Death Penalty: Is It Ever Justified? 126

CCA: Wilson, “Just Take Away Their Guns” 102


WEEK ELEVEN

Mon, Mar 20

  1. Intro Toulmin / Rogerian Paper

  2. Doing Research: The Information Cycle

  3. Using the Library Database

  4. Text: FCTA, Ch 7

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 7: Using Sources 214

Toulmin / Rogerian Paper

The Information Cycle


Wed, Mar 22

  1. Style

  2. Text: RG: Ch 8

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 8: Other Stylistic Variations 124

Finding & Focusing

Finding & Focusing sample


Fri, Mar 24

LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW

  1. Doing Research: Evaluating Source Material

  2. Text Citation

READ FOR TODAY:

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Websites


Mon, Mar 27

  1. Intro Fallacy Response

  2. The Logical Fallacies

  3. Text: FCTA, Ch 9

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 9: A Logician’s View: Deduction… 307

Fallacy Response


Wed, Mar 29

  1. Cohesion

  2. Sentence Rhythm

  3. Text: RG: Ch 9

  4. Text: RG: Ch 10

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 9: Cohesion 139

RG: Ch 10: Sentence Rhythm 157


Fri, Mar 31

  1. The Logical Fallacies

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 9

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Plato, “Myth of the Cave” 248

CCA: Ch 4: A College Education: What Is Its Purpose? 109


WEEK THIRTEEN

Mon, April 3

  1. The Toulmin Model

  2. Text: FCTA, Ch 8

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 8: A Philosopher’s View: The Toulmin Model  293

The Toulmin Model Exercise


Wed, April 5

  1. Voice

  2. Text: RG: Ch 11

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 11: The Writer’s Voice 172


Fri, April 7

DUE: Fallacy Response

  1. Text: FCTA, Jacoby

  2. Text: CCA, Jefferson

  3. Text: CCA, Cady Stanton

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Jacoby, “A First Amendment Junkie” 55

CCA: Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence” 265

CCA: Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” 270


WEEK FOURTEEN

Mon, April 10

  1. Rogerian Argument

  2. Text: CCA, Ch 10

READ FOR TODAY:

FCTA: Ch 8: A Psychologist’s View: Rogerian Argument  357

Wed, April 12

  1. In-class grammar review

Be prepared to review the semester of rhetorical grammar: bring your grammar cheat sheets to class.


Fri, April 14

GOOD FRIDAY:  Class does not meet


WEEK FIFTEEN

Mon, April 17

EASTER MONDAY:  Class does not meet


Wed, April 19

  1. Punctuation

  2. Text: RG: Ch 13

READ FOR TODAY:

RG: Ch 13: Punctuation 221


Fri, April 21

  1. Out-of-class writing workshop: class does not meet

Go listen to your classmates and professors speak at the Celebration of Scholarship:  #ScholarshipMatters


WEEK SIXTEEN

Mon, April 24

OFFICE HOURS:  12-3p

  1. Text: CCA, Ch 9

  2. Text: CCA, Lawrence

READ FOR TODAY:

CCA: Ch 9: Immigration: What Is to Be Done? 184

CCA: Lawrence, “On Racist Speech” 81


Tues, April 25

OFFICE HOURS:  11:15-3p


Wed, April 26

LAST DAY OF CLASSES

OFFICE HOURS:  9:30-2p

  1. Out-of-class writing workshop: class does not meet


FINALS WEEK:  Thur, April 27 - Tues, May 2

weekly schedule

Emailed to me, by midnight:

DUE: Revised Short Grammatical Excursion

DUE: Long Grammatical Excursion

DUE: Long Analysis of an Argument Assignment

DUE: Toulmin / Rogerian Paper

Mon, May 1: Seniors

Thursday, May 4:  Undergraduates


WEEK TWELVE