RHE 309S, Critical Reading and Persuasive WritingInstructor: Cleve Wiese Unique number: 44345 Class Time and Place: T/TH 12:30-2:00 in FAC 7E-mail: [email protected]Course Website: BlackboardOffice: PAR 3 W 10-1 and Office hours: Wednesday 10:00-11:30, Friday 12:30-2:00, and by appointment RHE 309S is designed for students who have earned credit by examination for RHE 306 –Rhetoric & Writing. Like RHE 306, RHE 309S teaches students how to analyze and writearguments, but it also introduces you to rhetoric as a civic art, one that prepares you towrite to and for the public. RHE 309S is designated a writing flag course.This section will focus on reading and writing arguments in the American public sphere.Students will have wide latitude to tailor topics to their own interests, but over the courseof the semester they will all learn and apply the persuasive and analytical tools of ancientrhetoric in their writing and research.Students will learn skills such as how to:•Analyze issues and arguments, and the rhetorical situations (or public spheres) inwhich they are embedded•Understand public writing•Read texts and images critically•Discover, evaluate, construct, and organize effective, original arguments•Conduct research, use it effectively in argumentation, and document sourcesproperly•Produce a clear and supple style that is adapted to particular rhetorical situations•Edit and proofread their own and others’ proseMain TextsAncient Rhetorics, Sharon Crowley and Debra HawheeBrief Penguin Handbook, Lester FaigleyGradingYou will be graded on the following assignments this term:Paper 1.15%Paper 1.215%Paper 2.115%Paper 2.215%Paper 3.115%Paper 3.2Optional – replaces 3.1 gradeRS 1&2, Annotated Bib., and RA 115%Progymnasmata, quizzes,etc.(other short, p/f assigments)10%Declamation10%
Peer reviewsMandatoryParticipationInvaluablePlus/Minus GradingGrades for individual assignments will be on a 100-pt. scale. Final grades will use a +-system on the following scale:A = 94-100A- = 90-93B+ = 87-89B = 84-86B- = 80-83C+ = 77-79C = 74-76C- = 70-73D+ = 67-69D = 64-66D- = 60-63F = 0-60Major AssignmentsStudents will write three essays ranging from 4-7 pages each (above designated as 1.1, 2.1,and 3.1), and they will revise each of these three based on the instructor’s feedback (abovedesignated as 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2 – essay 3.2 is optional). In addition, students will composefour shorter writing assignments (two research summaries, one annoated bibliography,and one rhetorical analysis) as well as six very short writing assignments modeled after theancientprogymnasmata.Paper Submission Guidelines and Late Work PolicyAll written work must beboth emailed as a .DOC or .DOCX attachmentto[email protected]ANDprinted and turned inat the beginning of the designatedclass day (progymnasmata should be posted on Blackboard by 5pm the night before classand printed out for the following day).