English 15 Course Packet, Fall 2007
Vincent M. Wagner
101 Electrical Engineering West
The goal of this course is to help you to become an even stronger, more confident, and
more flexible writer and reader.
We will focus specifically upon recognizing and
producing effective rhetoric.
Acquiring skill in rhetoric means learning to write with a
coherent sense of (1) audience, (2) purpose, and (3) cultural, historical, and ontological
It also means learning to read (and listen) rhetorically, with a critical
understanding of how others use methods of discourse.
By the end of the semester, you
should be better able to articulate your own ideas clearly, persuasively, and eloquently.
Also, you should be better able to evaluate the quality of others’ rhetoric.
Lunsford, Andrea A. and Ruszkiewicz.
Everything’s an Argument
Strunk, William Jr. and White, E.B.
The Elements of Style
To pass this course you must complete the major assignments and the
You are also expected to attend all class meetings and to participate
in draft workshops, in-class exercises, and classroom discussions.
Papers must be handed
in on time.
Late papers will normally be docked one letter grade per day, unless you get
my approval for an extension before the due date.
Paper 1 Ad Analysis
Paper 2 Comparison and Contrast
Paper 3 Definition
Paper 4 Cause-and-Consequence Analysis
Paper 5 Proposal
Paper 6 Major Revision
Participation includes attendance, discussion, in-class writing, and group work.