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ENGL15_F2010_ZIMMERMAN - English 15 Rhetoric and...

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English 15: Rhetoric and Composition Fall 2010 Instructor: Dr. Scott Zimmerman Office Location: 2 nd Floor Adjunct Office Section: 05 Office Hours: T/Th 8:20-9:20 Classroom/Time: 209 Saucon Contact: 610-285-5145 T/Th 9:25-10:40 [email protected] Course Description: We begin with a couple of questions: Why should we know how to read and write academically? Are these still relevant, useful skills in the 21st Century? As our access to information becomes more immediate, our ability to filter out the rubbish, to summarize, synthesize, and analyze important ideas and information from a variety of sources, and— perhaps most importantly – to communicate effectively in writing takes on even greater significance. This is a writing-intensive course giving close attention to the process of writing through networked workshops and conferences involved in preparation and revision of drafts. The course develops skills in logical and focused writing, thorough development of a main point by means of supporting ideas and evidence. In addition, students learn to integrate information from secondary sources through the use of summary, paraphrase, and direct quotation in various forms of thesis-based writing. Development, skills, and expertise in reading and writing can never be separated; therefore, English 15 is an intensive, rhetorically based course in reading and writing. In this course, we will focus specifically on recognizing and analyzing verbal and visual texts (our “reading”) as well as on producing and using such texts (our “writing” and speaking)—always in terms of traditional rhetorical principles. Even if the term rhetoric isn’t familiar to you, the practice of rhetoric is. In fact, you bring a good deal of rhetorical skill to this class: you already know how to gauge the way you perceive and produce language according to the speaker, the intended audience, and the purpose. You may not always gauge perfectly, your perception may not always be accurate, and your production may not always be successful—but you often think to interpret and choose language in ways that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation. You already know how to use language to make knowledge. The goal of English 15, then, is to help you build on what you already know how to do as you become a stronger, more confident, and more flexible reader and writer.
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Required Materials: o Bullock, Goggin, and Weinberg, The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Hand- book , 2 nd edition. (ISBN: 978-0-393-93382-6) o Access to a computer for out of class writing with MSWord or similar software. (
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