Writing and Rhetoric II U02 Syllabus.docx

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Writing and Rhetoric II (ENC 1102) Spring 2018 (Section U02) Instructor: Marlene Tovar Class Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 9:50 A.M. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Charles Perry room 441 E-mail: My email address is [email protected] , and email is the best way to reach me. I’ll usually reply within 24 hours, so if you don’t get a response within 24 hours, please follow up. Office Hours: I hold office hours in the Green Library (GL) from 11-12:30 P.M. on Mondays, and Wednesdays, and on Fridays by appointment. Office hours are your time to get personalized feedback on your writing, and students who seek additional feedback on their work generally tend get more out of the class. Phone: 305-348-2875 Introduction No one is born a good writer. Just like any other skill, writing is a craft that is developed over time through practice, experimentation, and reflection. It’s often something we do without thinking, but it’s also something we can study and get better at. Regardless of the writing classes you've had (or haven't had) in the past, you already have the skills necessary to succeed in this class—you are a human being who knows how to put words together. It's just a matter of honing those skills. Why would you want to get better at writing? That's something you'll have to answer for yourself, because everyone's relationship to writing is personal and unique. Maybe you'll need it for your career or to help your family, maybe right now you just want to get better at it so you can succeed in your other classes, or maybe you have a story to tell. Either way, in this class you'll learn more about your own personal writing process—how you work as a writer— and I hope you'll find that being a more thoughtful writer helps you to organize your ideas, make sense of what's going on in your life, communicate with others, and get the things you want. The Greek philosopher Aristotle said that rhetoric is “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.” In other words: understanding how to use information to make a point. This can be more challenging today, though, because we’re constantly being bombarded with information online, on our phones, on TV, on campus, at work, and at home. It can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when we consider that every single thing we read or hear has a person behind it with his or her own desires, beliefs, and potential biases. One of the goals of this course is to help you learn how to sort through all of that information, decide what you can trust, and then empower you to create change through your writing.
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