Unit 1 Assignment and Calendar (f09)-1

Unit 1 Assignment and Calendar (f09)-1 - Dr. Dana Prodoehl...

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Dr. Dana Prodoehl Marquette University RhetComp 1001 Fall 2009 RhetComp 1001.174 Unit Calendar and Assignment Sheet Unit One: Rhetorical Analysis Examining 21 st Century Literacies “The function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be an organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment that forms the secret of civilization.” --W.E.B.duBois, The Souls of Black Folk ASSIGNED WRITING S 1 Summary/Strong-Response Essay: Peer Review Sept 22; Final essay due Sept 24 3 Short Writings (hereafter referred to as SWs): Sept. 3, Sept 10, and Sept 17. Literacy means much more than being able to read and write. In fact, for our purposes, literacy means the ability to “read” the clues supplied by your culture and your surroundings in order to better become a fully functioning member of your discourse community. If that isn’t difficult enough, we find that the rules change for each discourse community. For example, while it is appropriate to discuss your weekend over lunch with friends, it is not acceptable for you to have the same conversation in the middle of a church, synagogue or mosque service. It is in learning and understanding how these rules affect our lives that we become literate. SUMMARY/STRONG RESPONSE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT Assignment: This essay asks that you draw on two main skills of university-level literacy: summary and strong response. When we speak of summary, we don’t mean that you are to reiterate an argument or idea word for word. Rather, you look at the underlying argument being made and use that argument to focus your strong response. For example, if I wanted to respond to an article in the New York Times about the current health care debate, I wouldn’t need to tell the reader ALL the points the author has made. Instead, I would focus on the one or two that I will be responding to in my strong response. Your assignment is to compose an essay consisting of: 1) a summary of the reading’s key points, 2) an analysis of the rhetorical strategies used by the author to engage readers and convince them to adopt her/his perspective, and 3) a strong response to the author’s content and rhetorical
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