SyllabusWinter2011_312Sec15 - English 312Winter 2011 Laura...

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English 312—Winter 2011 Laura Card · 4052 JKB · Cell phone: 372-0721 · Email: Texts: MLA Handbook Language in Thought and Action by S.I. Hayakawa Making Rhetorical Arguments: Persuasive Writing by Grant Boswell Blackboard site for this class This syllabus Blue Exam Book Course Objectives: (Note: Advanced writing courses should be taken the first semester of the junior year to gain the most benefit from the course curriculum.) Welcome to English 312, a class that will continue your education in persuasive writing and speaking (rhetoric), something you will do the rest of your life. We will also learn about types of documents you will most likely use in your professional careers. Writing is made up of words. Since words are a part of the Lord’s plan for Him to communicate with us and for us to communicate with Him and each other, we have a sacred trust to appreciate them and learn to use them in the most effective and ethical ways possible. Remember that He calls Himself “The Word.” In everyday life words can be exciting or boring. I hate being bored. I hope to make our studies this semester as lively as possible. I’ll do my part, but you need to do yours, too. That means being prepared for class and participating in class activities and discussion. What is Rhetoric? Anciently (even before Aristotle), rhetoric was the art of persuasive speaking. Over thousands of years it has evolved to mean any way of communicating effectively through words and symbols —written, illustrated, constructed, or performed. Any time people communicate a meaning to someone else, they use rhetorical strategies, such as knowing who their audience is, what the purpose of their message is, the background and context of the situation, and what the most appropriate words, images, or gestures are that will get the message across in the most effective ways. You already use rhetoric every day. Since this is a class about rhetoric, for each assignment you will learn about, use, and be graded on the rhetorical elements of purpose, audience, composition, argumentation, organization, and style. Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking English 312, students will be able to do the following: 1. Use rhetoric responsibly and ethically to compose oral and written arguments in a variety of genres for specific audiences and purposes, including academic, common society, spiritual, and employment situations. 2. Critically read and analyze texts, including analyzing how a text functions in a specific situation, community, or public; analyzing the nuances of language (diction, figures of speech, tone, etc.); and identifying and evaluating the elements of an argument—claims, reasons, assumptions, and ethical/credible, emotional, and logical appeals. 3.
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