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WRTG 1150 First-Year Writing and Rhetoric


Jamal Khlifat


“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Asimov


WRTG 1150 is established to satisfy two sets of educational requirements:

  1. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) as a second-level “Communication General Education Guaranteed Transfer’” course in the state. The course is established to give students some necessary rhetorical communication skills. These skills include rhetorical summary, rhetorical analysis, and rhetorical synthesis. To help students master these skills, the course is designed to address the notions of rhetorical situation, writing as an endless process, writing norms, the global level of the writing process, and the formal level of the writing process.
  2. The Program for Writing and Rhetoric, which asserts that through taking this course, students should be able to:
  • Enhance their comprehension skills through reading and investigating different types of genres,
  • Enhance their rhetorical knowledge by paying special attention to the notion of rhetorical situation in terms of the genre tackled, the audience addressed, and the context attended to,
  • Explore different types of genre by breaking them down to their rhetorical fundamental components,
  • Learn how to structure their ideas as the writing process is carried out by learning how to free-write, draft, revise, and edit in different genres,
  • Learn how to peer-review and provide feedback across different genres,
  • Enhance their information literacy skills through learning how to execute a search string using the library’s databases, how to locate sources, and how to evaluate them,
  • Structure valid argumentation through building a thesis-driven argument and supporting their arguments with valid reason, explanation and interpretation of the data used,
  • Pay special attention to the validity of the information used in their arguments and the credibility of the source of the information, and
  • Demonstrate good understanding of language conventions in rhetorical settings, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. (PWR First Year Committee)


Students are expected to demonstrate the followings:

  • Develop and enhance their rhetorical knowledge skills through reading, examining, analyzing, and writing a variety of Toulmin-style and Rogerian-style academic arguments. These arguments will ground themselves in the notions of rhetorical strategy and rhetorical situation. These arguments will address the relationship between the context, the claim, the claimant, and the audience. They will also make use of the notions of rhetorical appeals such as kairos, ethos, logos, and pathos while attending to sound argumentation through the use of valid reason, effective analysis, and strong warrant;
  • Develop a good understanding of rhetoric as a process, not a product, through the use of continuing drafting, ongoing revising, constant editing of their own writings, and meticulous peer-reviewing of others’;
  • Compose different projects of various length tackling different types of genres;
  • Attend to the norms and the conventions of academic writing through adhering to the global- level skills of the writing process, as well as the formal-level ones; and
  • Make inquiries and structure arguments concerning a variety of academic topics.


  • Lunsford, Andrea, John Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters, Everything’s an

Argument, 6th Ed. with Readings.  Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013.  Print.

This book presents rhetorical strategies and conventions that students will use for each major assignment.

(CCHE Guidelines:  “Writing Processes”; “Content Knowledge”; “Rhetorical


  • University of Colorado Program for Writing and Rhetoric. Knowing Words: A Guide to First-Year Writing and Rhetoric, 13th ed. (Fall 2016/ Spring 2016).  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2016.
  • Supplemental Reading materials available at “Desire to Learn”


Essay #1: Personal Argument 10%
Essay #2: Evaluation of Course Reading 15%
Essay #3: Research Project
– 3A Visual Argument
– 3B Annotated Bibliography
– 3C Research Paper
Essay #4: Reflection Project 10%
Homework/Discussion Forums 20%

Works Cited

Colorado Commission on Higher Education.  “Content: Communication.  General

Education ‘Guaranteed Transfer’ Course Criteria.” 11 Dec. 2007.  Web.  30 July 2015.

University of Colorado Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Knowing Words: A Guide

    to First-Year Writing and Rhetoric.  Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press,
2015.  Print.

First-Year Committee. “CU Boulder First-Year Writing and Rhetoric Learning

Goals.”  2012.  Web.  30 July 2015.




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