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Rhetoric 1302 – Argumentative Essay – Section 001 & 004 Fall 2006, MWF, 9:00-9:50 & 10:00-10:50 JO4.122

NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Any changes will be communicated to students.

Instructor Contact Information

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Christopher

JO

972-883-

clm036000@utdallas.edu MW

L. Manes

4.114

2035

8:00 to

 

8:50

Other office hours may be arranged.

Course Description The course presents an integrated approach to writing, reading, and critical thinking by developing the grammatical, logical, and rhetorical skills necessary for university writing. All classes work in a computerized learning environment. Students are taught basic computer literacy and submit all work electronically and on paper.

Student Learning Objectives

1. Students will be able to practice and apply different approaches to and modes of written exposition as appropriate to a variety of theses and subjects.

2. Students will be able to write using effective technical requirements, including organization, mechanics, and thesis development.

3. Students will develop sensitivity to written language by being able to employ and apply effective and appropriate rhetorical devices directed at a defined audience.

4. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to conduct research, apply source material, discuss general information, and apply logical process when writing.

Required Textbooks The Aims of Argument: A Rhetoric and Reader by Timothy Crusius and Carolyn Channell Fifth Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2006 ISBN 0-07-321761-1

A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research by Elaine P. Maimon, Janice H. Peritz, and Kathleen Blake Yancey Second Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2007 ISBN 978-0-07-325938-3

Assignments and Academic Calendar NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Any changes will be communicated to students.

All assignments are due by the next class period unless noted otherwise. Assignments from The Aims of Argument textbook will be denoted by AA; Assignments from A Writer's Resource will be denoted by AWR

Fri 8/18: In-class: Course introduction and overview; Register for AWR and AA companion websites (the AWR website includes an e-book); In- class handout (essay) Assignments: Read AA Ch 1 and AWR Ch. 4; Send email to me by 8/21 no later than 8:00 a.m.

Mon 8/21: In-class: Intro to Portfolio; Discussion of AA Ch. 1 and AWR Ch. 4 Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Read Ch. 2 in AA

Wed 8/23 In-class: Discussion of AA Ch. 2 and demo of AWR electronic resources. (Handout for Punctuation exercise and reading exercise) Assignments: Read AA Ch. 4 (pp. 60-86) and bring a magazine to class on 8/25 (Question for Magazine assignment to be handed out)

Fri 8/25: In-class: Discuss AA Ch 4; Small group rhetorical analysis of emotional appeal in magazine ads; hand out Library Assignment on Visual Rhetoric (Resources) to be turned in on 9/1 Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Read “Representations of Terror in the Legitimation of War” & “Violence in the Mass Media and Violence in Society: The Link Is Unproven” from AA.

Mon 8/28: Discuss 2 Argument Essays: “Representations of Terror” & “Violence in the Mass Media” Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Read AA Ch. 3

Wed 8/30: In-class: Discuss AA Ch. 3 Assignments: Read “Media Violence: A Demonstrated Public Health Threat to Children” and pages 181-82 (“Commentary on the Experts’ Disagreement”) in AA

Fri 9/1: In-class: Discuss AA Ch 3; Class Toulmin analysis of the “Media Violence” essay and pages 181-82 in AA. Library Assignment Due today! ****Last Day to Drop without a W****

Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Read AA Ch. 6; Essay #1 assigned

Mon 9/4: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Wed 9/6: In-class: Discussion of AA Ch. 6. Assignments: Read AA Ch. 5 (Assessing and using Sources, Documenting Sources) MLA Handout on Chapter 5!

Fri 9/8: In-class: Discussion of AA Ch. 5 and general discussion of sources; students log in to AWR online (Catalyst 2.0); Demo of Catalyst electronic resources for Research Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Read “Everybody’s Threatened by Homophobia,” “Confessions of a Heterosexual,” and “Homophobic? Reread Your Bible” in AA

Mon 9/11: In-class: Discussion of three essays assigned on 9/8 Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Handout for Research Assignment #1; Read “What Wedding Films Tell Us about Love” & “The Medieval Contribution to Love”

Wed 9/13: Discuss “What Wedding Films Tell Us about Love” & “The Medieval Contribution to Love” Assignments: Read AWR Handbook on MLA format and how to cite and create a works cited page

Fri 9/15: In-class: Class discussion of grammar, format, mechanics, evidence, fallacies, and plagiarism discussion (bring AWR Handbook); Research Assignment #1 Due today at the start of class; Finish discussions on “What Wedding Films Tell Us about Love” & “The Medieval Contribution to Love” Assignment: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Work on draft of Essay #1; First Draft due on 9/18 and Final Draft Due on 9/25

Mon 9/18: In-class: First draft of Essay #1 due today. Peer reviews Peer Review Questionnaire to be provided. Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Work on essay #1 peer review revision suggestions

Wed 9/20: In-class: Teacher conference and in-class writing on Essay

#1.

Fri 9/22: In-class: Teacher conference and in-class work on Essay #1 revisions Assignments: Continue work on Essay #1

Mon 9/25: Final draft of Essay #1 due; In-class: Work in Visual Exercises Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Research image(s) to use for Essay #2 and bring some to class; Readings on Visual Rhetoric TBA & recap past essays about film and visual imagery

Wed 9/27: In-class: Small group discussions of images and analysis of arguments in images Assignments: Examine images in United Benetton ads (http://www.benetton.com/html/whatwesay/campaigns/photogallery.sht ml) and Adbusters.org (http://adbusters.org/home/) website and note various arguments

Fri 9/29: In-class: Discuss United Benetton and Adbusters.org images Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; decide on image(s) for your Essay #2 and bring to class on Wednesday. [If you are linking to the image elsewhere on the Internet, BE SURE TO NOTE EXACT SOURCE OF IMAGE and OBTAIN PERMISSION TO LINK TO IT IF IT IS NOT ON A PUBLIC SITE].

Mon 10/2: Library Assignment Assignments: Record an observation in your Portfolio; Work on format and media decisions for Essay #2.

Wed 10/4: In-class: Visual Image group exercise and assignment (cont) Assignments: Start sketching main visual project components and argument analysis

Fri 10/6: In-class: Visual Image group exercise and assignment due! Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio; Continue work on Essay #2

Mon 10/9: In-class: Individual work on Essay #2 in class Assignments: Complete first draft of Essay #2 due 10/11; Bring hard copy of first draft to class.

Wed 10/11: In-class: First draft of Visual argument due; Peer reviews in class Assignments: Work on revision of Essay #2 based on peer review suggestions

Fri 10/13: In-class: Teacher-student conferences on Essay #2 Assignments: Complete final draft of Essay #2 due 10/18

Mon 10/16: In-class: In class work on Essay #2 Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio [Arguments to be read in Electronic environment TBD]

Wed 10/18: In-class: Final draft of Essay #2 due; Discussion of assigned online readings Assignments: Online Readings TBA and in class instructions **Thursday, October 19 is the last day to drop with a WP/WF.**

Fri 10/20: In-class: Continued discussion of online reading Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio; Read AA Ch. 7 and “The Decline of the Knowledge Factory: Why Our Colleges Must Change,” “The Recoloring of Campus Life,” & “The Distribution of Distress”

Mon 10/23: In-class: Discussion of AA Ch. 7 and the three essays assigned on 10/20; Discuss Essay #3 Brief, due 10/27 Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio; Start thinking about your topic for Essay #3

Wed 10/25: In-class: Continued discussion of AA Ch. 7 and assigned readings Assignments: Read assigned sections of AWR (See assignment handout)

Fri 10/27: In-class: Bring AWR; discussion of assignments from Handbook; Briefs Due in class today! Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio; Read AA Ch. 8 and assigned readings from chapter 10

Mon 10/30: In-class: Discussion of AA Ch. 8 and assigned readings Assignments: Record an Observation in your Portfolio; Choose possible topics for Essay #3

Wed 11/1: In-class: Continued discussion of AA Ch. 8 and assigned readings; Small group discussions of paper topics Assignments: Refine paper topic and begin work on first draft

Fri 11/3: In-class: Teacher conference on paper topics Assignments: Work on first draft of Essay #3 due 11/8 in Portfolio

Mon 11/6: In-class: Writing in class on first draft of Essay #3 Assignments: Continue working on first draft; Bring hard copy of first draft to class on 11/8

Wed 11/8: In-class: First draft of Essay #3 due in Portfolio; Peer reviews of first draft of Essay #3 Assignments: Continue working on Essay #3 using peer feedback

Fri 11/10: In-class: Work on revisions of first draft of Essay #3 Assignments: Continue working on Essay #3

Mon 11/13: In-class: Discussion of revision techniques and elevating style (bring AWR Handbook); In-class writing on Essay #3 Assignments: Continue work on Essay #3

Wed 11/15: In-class: In-class writing on Essay #3; Second draft of Essay #3 due in Portfolio by end of class period Assignments: prepare for conference with instructor

Fri 11/17: In-class: Conference with instructor Assignments: Work on revisions of 2 nd draft of Essay #3

Mon 11/20: In-class: Oral presentation of one essay (from your portfolio). Presentations should be no less than five minutes and no more than ten minutes. Guidelines to be handed out in October 4. Assignments: Complete final draft of Essay #3 in Portfolio for 11/22

Wed 11/22: In-class: Final draft of Essay #3 due in Portfolio; student evaluations of course Assignments: See guidelines for Oral Presentations handed out on 10/4

Fri 11/24: Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon 11/27: LAST DAY OF CLASSES! Oral Presentations continued. Attendance is required!

Grading Policy Your course work, and demonstrable acquisition and utilization of competencies in written communication will be assessed holistically over the course of the semester. Your projects will not receive individual grades, but will receive individual attention from the course instructor and your classmates. Midterm and final grades will be based on a portfolio of written observations, assigned essays, and other activities, as well as your attendance and participation. At both midterm and end of the semester you will present a written argument for what you feel your grade should be based or your specific assessment of the quality of your learning, especially with regard to your attendance, participation, promptness, level of writing, effective use of argumentation, creativity, collaboration, sound rhetorical skills, and competent use of technology.

Evidence supporting your claim(s) must be drawn from your portfolio and should specifically demonstrate mastery of five course strands (rhetoric, research, technology, collaboration, and critical thinking)you're your development across five dimensions of learning (confidence and independence, skills and strategies, knowledge and understanding, use of prior and emerging experience, and reflectiveness).

The final interpretation and assessment of your grade(s), however, remains the responsibility of the course instructor.

The following grade criteria describe very general indicators for assessing your work and progress in the course.

A: Represents outstanding participation in all course activities (including attendance and promptness); all assigned work completed on time, with very high quality in all work produced for the course. Evidence of significant and sustained development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands.

B: Represents excellent participation in all course activities (including attendance and promptness); all assigned work completed on time, with consistently high quality in course work. Evidence of marked and above average development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands.

C: Represents good (but average) participation in all course activities; all assigned work completed, with generally good quality overall in course work. Evidence of some development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands.

D: Represents uneven participation in course activities; some gaps in assigned work completed, with inconsistent quality in course work. Evidence of development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands is partial or unclear.

F: Represents minimal participation in course activities; serious gaps in assigned work completed, or very low quality in course work. Evidence of development is not available.

Course and Instructor Policies

Attendance and Participation Both regular and active attendance and participation are required for the successful completion of this course. If you miss any class for any reason, you remain responsible for class expectations, requirements, and/or changes. Alternative assignments are generally not given, nor will missed classes be "re-taught" for absent students. After three absences your final course grade will be negatively affected and/or you may be encouraged to drop the course. Chronic tardiness is unacceptable and will also negatively affect your final grade.

Participation IN THIS COURSE does not include doing work that is not for this course during class, sleeping in class, or using the computers or other personal electronic devices for personal messaging, research, or entertainment. Please turn off cellular/mobile phones, pagers, and other personal electronic devices during class.

Major Assignments Essay #1 An essay that presents an inquiry argument using the principles and criteria in The Aims of Argument (Chapter 6). Essay should be 4-5 double-spaced pages using MLA format for Works Cited.

First draft due: 18 September 2006 Final draft due: 25 September 2006

Essay #2 An integrated textual and visual essay that examines and analyzes the argument of a visual image (or images) using the criteria in Chapter 4 of

The Aims of Argument. Your image may come from the visuals in The Aims of Argument, other publications, Internet, or other media. This project should be 5-6 double-spaced pages and should cite all sources using MLA format for online sources.

First draft due: 11 October 2006 Final draft due: 18 October 2006

Essay #3 An essay that presents a convincing or motivating argument using the principles and criteria in The Aims of Argument (Chapter 7 or 8). This essay should be 6-7 double-spaced pages and should use MLA format for all works cited.

Brief for essay due: 27 October 2006 First draft due: 8 November 2006 Second draft due: 15 November 2006 Final draft due: 22 November 2006

Additional writing assignments, observations, and library assignments are also required. For deadlines, please consult syllabus itinerary; specific library assignments will be communicated to students in writing. Students should always keep backup copies of written work either in printed copies or in an electronic medium (disks, emails, or other form). On dates that student drafts (essays) are due, please bring two copies to class: one copy for the instructor, and the second copy for peer.

Late Work All drafts, including final, must be submitted when and as required in order to successfully complete this course. Late assignments will suffer grade deductions, or may not be accepted.

Personal Communication Devices Turn off all cell phones, pagers, and other personal communication devices before the start of class. Do not use them during class.

Student Conduct and Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to

Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year.

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university's Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents' Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one's own work or material that is not one's own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university's policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student's U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university's Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent's School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean's decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals

Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester's end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified

deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of

F.

Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance.

It is the student's responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours.

Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the

absence: a period equal to the length

maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment.

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If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.