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Intermediate Comp

Intermediate Comp

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English 2230.060: Intermediate Composition
Course Theme:
 Appropriating Classical Rhetoric for Contemporary Uses
: Dr. Michael Rifenburg
: Michael.Rifenburg@ung.edu
: 206C Dunlap Hall
Office Hours:
M, W, F 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and by appointment
Required Materials
Crowley and Hawhee’s
 Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students
, 5
 Additional readings provided by the instructor
3 ring binder
General Information:
This composition course invites students to explore ancient Greek and Romanunderstandings of rhetoric and then appropriate these understandings to contemporary issues we face today. Through focusing specifically on key concepts such as
kairos,ethos, agon
, text, audience and many other important concepts related to rhetoric and writing, students will engage with the forces that shaped early rhetoric and still resonant with us several thousand years later.Emphasis will be placed on reading brief excerpts from translations of ancient texts,
such as Plato’s
and Cicero’s
On Oratory and Orations
, contemporary texts like
Glenn’s “sex, lies, and manuscripts,”
as well as engaging in dialogue to work through therelevance of these concepts to current issues.In an attempt to think through these important and challenging concepts, three longeressays (1800-2400 words) will be assigned. Additionally, the completion of a journal will service as a method of invention and willreceive an effort grade. Students will leave this course with a strong understanding of the rhetorical foundation that undergirds contemporary composition.
 Assignments and Grading
Final grades will be calculated according to the percentages below. Notice that equal weight is not given to each paper.Literacy Task #1: 20% of final gradeLiteracy Task #2: 25% of final grade
Rifenburg Fall 2013
Literacy Task #3: 25% of final gradeJournal: 15% of final gradePresentation: 15% of final gradeIn order for you to read my comments, grades will not be discussed until 24 hours afterthe grade is given.
Definition of Letter Grades for Final Semester Grade:
 A 89.5- 100B 79.5- 89.4C 69.5- 79.4D 59.5- 69.4F 0- 59.4Keep in mind some majors require a C or higher in order to have fulfilled the courserequirement.
Submission of Work 
Unless specified, I ask that your three literacy tasks be typed and submitted to the D2Ldropbox. The campus maintains many computer labs if access to a computer is an issue.Please follow the MLA format guidelines below:
Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font (not bolded or italicized)
No extra spaces between paragraphs (if you run Word ’0
7, this can betouchy)
1” standard margins all
 Your last name and page number on each page after the first
upper righthand corner
No title pages
Titles should be centered. No need to bold, underline, or italicize them
On the first page in the upper left have:
 Your name
My name
I will not accept literacy tasks via email or on disk, unless permissionhas been given.
Unless specified, I ask that you submit your three literacy tasks to the appropriate D2Ldropbox. I will grade your papers using the track changes function on Microsoft Wordand then re-upload your file with the grade.
Rifenburg Fall 2013
 When submitting your paper, be sure to save your paper as one of the following: .DOC,.DOCX, or .RTF.
For most of the reading assigned for our class, I will ask students to perform a readingresponse. The reading responses will be turned in as a hard copy at the beginning of class on the day that the reading is due, will be graded, and then returned. Readingresponses will receive a grade of 0 (not acceptable), 1 (somewhat acceptable), or 2(acceptable). Unless specifically assigned, these responses are not a summary, but aninformed response. We will be using these responses to help springboard class discussions. Additionally,students may choose to use one of our readings in one of the major papers, so thinkingabout the readings ahead of time may be helpful!Keep in mind that
I will not accept late responses without a legitimate excuse,nor will I accept responses over e-mail unless prior arrangements have been made.
Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester in a course that meetsthree times a week, or two (2) in a course that meets twice a week. The penalties formissing more than that are:
Penalties for Unexcused Absences2x/week Course
3x/week Course Penalty 
3 4 1 letter grade5 7 2 letter grades7 10 Automatic FStudent-athletes and others engaged in Provost-approved activities must notify theinstructor of the reason for the absence
ahead of time
, and arrange to complete allcoursework in a timely fashion.
Make-up Work 
Students are held responsible for all material covered during any absence. I accept latemajor papers, but they will be penalized.
Late papers
 will lose a full letter gradefor each day the paper is late. A paper turned in one day late will be markeddown one letter grade. A paper turned in two days late will be markeddown two letter grades. After two days a paper will not be accepted and willreceive an automatic F. Please note:
one day means one day, NOT one class day.
Ihave attached a schedule to this syllabus informing you of the due dates for all majorpapers; therefore, plan ahead if necessary. I am more lenient on reading responses. If 

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