Writing and Rhetoric

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In this composition course, you will learn how to effectively gather and evaluate information and present it in well-organized expository prose. You will analyze arguments from a variety of sources and respond to these arguments in writing. Early on, you will select a controversy that you have an opinion about but are willing to change your mind about. You will approach this controversy in a different way for each of the three units we will cover. In Unit I, you will describe the controversy as a whole using the skills of summary and synthesis, in Unit II you will analyze one position within this controversy, and in Unit III you will advocate for a position within the controversy.

This “Foundations: Written Communication General Education requirement” course will prepare you to do the following:

  • Compose college-level writing, including but not limited to academic discourse, that achieves a specific purpose and responds adeptly to an identifiable audience.
  • Effectively generate, revise, edit, and proofread essays in order to produce finished prose.
  • Compose an argument that makes use of source material that is relevant and credible and that is integrated in accordance with the MLA style guide.

Required Texts

Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything’s an Argument, 6th edition. Bedford/St Martins, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781457606069 (recommendation: the Bedford e-Book to Go version is cheaper than the paperback version)

Assignments and Grading Basis

Essay 1                       20% (5-7 pages)

Essay 2                       20% (5-7 pages)

Essay 3                       30% (5-7 pages)

Research Summaries   10% (3 one-page summaries)

Visual analysis            10% (2 pages)

Multimodal Presentation        10%


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