Composition 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 related to popular film, television, social media or video games that you will write about throughout the semester. 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, 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

Osbourne, Jeff. Reading Pop Culture. Bedford/St Martins, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781457606021

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                       10% (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)

Oral Presentation        10%

Discussion questions 10% (Email me your discussion questions 24 hours prior to the class you will lead discussion for)


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