WRTG 1150 First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Michael Warren Cook, MA, GPTI
About the Course:
This course is designed to help you write academically by teaching you to read, write, research, and speak from a rhetorical perspective. Our rhetorical reflection will consider the purpose, content, design, and cultural values that shape the contemporary US imagination in a diverse array of multimodal texts. You will (1) cultivate a working vocabulary of terms and concepts to understand rhetoric, writing, and argumentation; (2) close read texts for class; and (3) respond to texts and each other with clear questions, interpretations, and claims backed by specific evidence.
Course Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
This course should help you to:
- develop rhetorical knowledge (analyzing and making informed choices about purposes, audiences, and contexts as you read and compose texts).
- analyze texts in a variety of genres (understanding how content, style, structure, and format vary across a range of reading and writing situations).
- refine and reflect on your writing process (using multiple strategies to generate ideas draft, revise, and edit your writing across a variety of genres)
- develop information literacy (making critical choices as you identify a specific research need, locate and evaluate information and sources, and draw connections among your own and others’ ideas in your writing).
- construct effective and ethical arguments (using appropriate reasons and evidence to support your positions while responding to multiple points of view).
- understand and apply language conventions rhetorically (including grammar, spelling, punctuation and format).
Knowing Words. (Fifteenth ed). Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.
Grading (out of n points):
|1000 points possible|
|Class Attendance and Participation||200 points|
|Critical Paper Portfolio||200 points|
|Rhetorical Analysis Paper||200 points|
– RIOT Modules (20 pts)
– Annotated Bibliography (80 pts)
– All Other Notes (100 pts)
|Academic Argument Paper||200 points|
(1000 points possible)