Nathaniel Rivers I English 403/504 I 2
technologies such as letter writing and text messagingshape interpersonal rhetoric? How has diplomaticrhetoric responded to the telegraph and to Wikileaks?). A follow-up assignment of sorts, the Rhetorical Object Analysis, has students investigate and describe the active,rhetorical role played by a particular technology in thehistory of rhetoric.In addition to course projects, students complete a variety of in-class exercises and participate in onlinediscussions, which will take place via Twitter (#rhet2). We might also very well use Twitter to foster backchatduring presentations and the occasional film screening. To help guide online discussion, each student will beresponsible for leading a week’s discussion. Thisdiscussion can take any number of forms (posingquestions, sharing links) but it should address andintegrate
of the assigned readings for that week.
Rhetoric Q&A Essay 30Rhetorical Object Analysis 30Participation and Attendance 40
Course Grading Scale
Final grades are calculated according to the following:
59 points and below
Here is the general course rubric:
relative to the levelnecessary to meet course requirements.
the level necessary to meet course requirements.
the basic courserequirements in every respect.
Achievement worthy of credit even though it doesnot fully meet the basic course requirements every respect.
Performance failing to meet the basic courserequirements.
Arts & Sciences Grading Scale
Writing in Context
Analyze cultures, social contexts, and audiences todetermine how they shape the various purposes andforms of writing, such as persuasion, organizationalcommunication, and public discourse, with an emphasison:
understanding, developing, and deploying various strategies for planning, researching,drafting, revising, and editing documents bothindividually and collaboratively
selecting and using appropriate styles andtechnologies that effectively and ethically address contexts and audiences
through voice, evidence,documentation and accountability
Make rhetorical design decisions about documents (andother compositions), including:
understanding and adapting to genreconventions and audience expectations
understanding and implementing designprinciples of format and layout
interpreting and arguing with design
drafting, researching, testing, and revising visualdesigns and information architecture
Learn and apply strategies for successful teamwork andcollaboration, such as:
working online with colleagues
responding constructively to peers' work
soliciting and using peer feedback effectively
Understand and use various research methods andsources to produce quality documents, including:
analyzing historical and contemporary contexts
locating, evaluating, and using print and onlineinformation selectively for particular audiencesand purposes
triangulating sources of evidence
Use and evaluate rhetorical technologies such asemailing, instant messaging, image editing, audioediting, video editing, presentation design and delivery,HTML editing, Web browsing, content management,and desktop publishing technologies.