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UT Dallas Syllabus for rhet1302.009.09f taught by (kbs072000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for rhet1302.009.09f taught by (kbs072000)

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UT Dallas syllabus for rhet1302.009.09f Rhetoric taught by Kyle Simmons
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RHET 1302, Fall 2009, Section 009
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RHET 1302: Rhetoric
Course Syllabus
Fall 2009
Section: 009
MWF 12: 30pm-1:20pm
Class location: JO 4.122
Kyle Simmons
Email: kbs072000@utdallas.edu
Office Number: JO 4.118
Office Hours: M & W 1:30pm-2:30pm
Office Phone: (972) 883-2018
NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Any
changes will be communicated to students in writing.
Course Description
Rhetoric 1302 will prepare you for college-level writing while helping you develop your critical thinking

skills. Rhetoric is the study of persuasion, not only in writing and speech, but also through visual and
other means. I n this class, you will develop skills to analyze the way rhetoric, in its various forms,
addresses audiences. By paying attention to the strategies that good writers and speakers use to
persuade their particular audiences, you will learn to reason better and to persuade others in your own
writing, both through rhetorical appeals and through analysis of audience, purpose, and exigency that is
at the heart of the study of rhetoric. For Rhetoric 1302, you will read and reread texts and write
multi-draft essays. Practically speaking, you will learn skills that you can use in your future course work
regardless of your major.

Student Learning Objectives
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Students will be able to write in different ways for different audiences.
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Students will be able to write effectively using appropriate organization, mechanics, and style.
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Students will be able to construct effective written arguments.
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Students will be able to gather, incorporate, and interpret source material in their writing.
Required Texts
Hardin, Joe Marshall. Choices: Situations for College Writing. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2007. PDF file.
Rhetoric Program, UT-Dallas. Writing and Reasoning Across Disciplines: A Reader for RHET 1302.
McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions, 2009.
RHET 1302, Fall 2009, Section 009
2
Fall 2009 Assignments and Academic Calendar
Fri, Aug 21
I ntroduction to the Course
**Diagnostic Essay** (In class)
Course syllabus and class expectations
Mon, Aug 24
I ntroduction to the Course (continued)
Discuss the basics of writing: organization, development (transitional words and
phrases, paragraph structure), style issues (SET UP CHOI CES ACCOUNTS \u2013 in class)
Wed, Aug 26
Making Choices about Process and Rhetoric
Choices: \u201cI ntroduction\u201d& Chapter 1 (pages 3-19)
Fri, Aug 28
Making Choices about Process and Rhetoric (continued)
Course Reader: \u201cShouting Fire!\u201d by Alan Dershowitz
Choices Homepage Project(page 19)
Mon, Aug 31
Making Ethical Choices in Your Writing
Choices, Appendix 1 (pages 119-122)
Plagiarism Tutorial at
[ http:/ / www.utdallas.edu/ library/ help/ PlagiarismTutorial/ Plagiarism.htm]
Wed, Sep 2
Making Choices about Exigency, Genre, and Readership
Choices:Chapter 2 (pages 21-32)
Fri, Sep 4
Making Choices about Exigency, Genre, and Readership (continued)
Begin Blog Project:Choices Blog Project (pages 31-32) I n-class.
Mon, Sep 7
No Class \u2013 Labor Day Holiday
Wed, Sep 9
Making Choices about Structure
Choices:Chapter 3 (pages 33-49)
Fri, Sep 11
Making Choices about Structure (continued)
Choices:Chapter 3 (pages 33-49)
Mon, Sep 14
Critical Thinking and Logical Fallacy

Blog Project: Discuss/ I dentify the ethos, logos, and pathos of \u201cHappiness I s a Warm
Planet\u201d by Thomas Gale Moore
I n class discussion/ reading of Blog Entries about Moore essay

Wed, Sep 16
Making Community Choices \u2013 Community Writing
Choices:Chapter 5 (pages 61-75)
Fri, Sep 18
Grammar and Style Review
Choices:Appendix 2 (pages 135-150)
Mon, Sep 21
Community Writing
Continue work on Community Writing Project
Toulmin Method
Discussion and Worksheet (in class)
Wed, Sep 23
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Community Writing
Fri, Sep 25
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Community Writing
Mon, Sep 28
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Community Writing
Wed, Sep 30
Making Choices about Culture and the Media
-- Community Writing Essay Due
-- Reminder:Tur ni t i n. com
Choices:Chapter 6 (pages 77-91)
Fri, Oct 2
Making Choices about Culture and the Media (continued)
Media Critique
Course Reader:\u201cTelevision: The Plug-I n Drug\u201d by Marie Winn
Mon, Oct 5
Making Choices about Culture and the Media (continued)
Media Critique
Course Reader: \u201cWhat Is \u2018Film-Making\u2019?\u201d by Ingmar Bergman
RHET 1302, Fall 2009, Section 009
3
Wed, Oct 7
Making Choices about Culture and the Media (continued)
Style, Grammar, and Mechanics Review
Blog Project: Critique Winn or Bergman Essay
I n class discussion/ reading of Blog Entries about Winn/ Bergman essays
Fri, Oct 9
Reading Written Arguments
Course Reader:\u201cSomewhere For Everyone\u201d by John Grisham& \u201cThe Middle Class \u2013 A
Useful Myth\u201d by Vicente Navarro
Mon, Oct 12
Reading Written Arguments (continued from Oct 9)
Course Reader:\u201cThe Mystique of Science in the Press\u201d by Dorothy Nelkin& \u201cA Unified
Theory of the Universe Would Be the Ultimate Triumph of Human Reason\u201d by Stephen
W. Hawking
Wed, Oct 14
Using Sources, MLA and APA Format (Review )
Continue Work on Media Critique
Course Reader: \u201cWhy I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer\u201d by Wendell Berry
Fri, Oct 16
Using Sources, MLA and APA Format (Review )
Continue Work on Visual Literacy or Media Critique
Blog Project: Critique of Nelkin or Hawking or Berry Essay
I n class discussion/ reading of Blog Entries about Nelkin/ Hawking/ Berry essays
Mon, Oct 19
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Media Critique Essay
Wed, Oct 21
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Media Critique Essay
Fri, Oct 23
I n-Class Workshop/ Peer Revision/ Conferences \u2013 Media Critique Essay
Thu, Oct 22
* * LAST DAY TO DROP WI TH WP/ WF* *
Mon, Oct 26
Making Academic Choices
Choices:Chapter 8 (pages 105-118)
Wed, Oct 28
Arguing in the Disciplines
-- Media Critique Essay Due
-- Reminder:Tur ni t i n. com
Course Reader: \u201cI Have a Dream\u201d by Martin Luther King, Jr.& \u201cLetter From
Birmingham Jail\u201d by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fri, Oct 30
Arguing in the Disciplines (continued from Oct 28)
Course Reader: \u201cHow I Learned to Read and Write\u201d by Frederick Douglass& \u201cLetter

from a Nazi Concentration Camp\u201d by Etty Hillesum
Blog Project: Letter to Yourself five years ago: persuade your younger-self of
something you believe or know now that you did not believe or know then.

Mon, Nov 2
Arguing in the Disciplines
Course Reader:\u201cI f Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You\u201d by Philip
Meyer& \u201cSex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs\u201d by Stephen Jay
Gould
Wed, Nov 4
Arguing in the Disciplines
Course Reader:\u201cOvercommunication: Are We Talking Too Much?\u201d by Daniel J.
Boorstin
Fri, Nov 6
Arguing in the Disciplines
Blog project: Critique of Boorstin essay + in-class writing.
Mon, Nov 9
Arguing in the Disciplines
Course Reader:\u201cA Wife\u2019s Story\u201d by Bharati Mukherjee& \u201cI t Was A Dark and Stormy
Night; or, Why are We Huddling about the Campfire?\u201d by Ursula K. Le Guin
Wed, Nov 11
Arguing in the Disciplines
Course Reader: \u201cThe Female Body\u201d by Margaret Atwood, \u201cFiction: Happy Endings\u201d by
Margaret Atwood& \u201cThe Struggle to Be an All-American Girl\u201d by Elizabeth Wong
Fri, Nov 13
Arguing in the Disciplines
Continuation of Nov 9 and Nov 11 Discussions + I n-class writing.
Mon, Nov 16
I n-Class Workshop/ Conferences/ Peer Revision \u2013 Academic Essay

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