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Week Five | ENGL 1102

First things’s first! Please join all four of the new major assignments channels in Slack.

On Monday we took our second quiz on Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers and began an introduction on the discipline and history of rhetoric.

The significance of studying rhetoric in academic writing is profound. All academic writing originates from the impulse to produce knowledge and argue for the importance of that knowledge, and understanding how to build effective, academic arguments is the foundation of English 1102. We ended our discussion with an attention to the three rhetorical appeals and the compromise that Aristotle’s writing makes between the sophists and Socrates/Plato. When building academic arguments, we must always be engaging with other texts that require strict critical attention. We should be attentive not to just what our sources tell us, but how they argue and why they argue. Finally, we must be aware that our own arguments must include both an awareness of ideals and truth (from Socrates/Plato) and an attention to the appropriate ways to persuade (from the sophists).

Our reading this week is “Educating People About Their Rights, One Mural At A Time” by Emily Raboteau. Signup messages were posted in Slack on Monday, 9/16.

On Wednesday, I’ll be talking through each of the four Major Assignments and taking questions on those. I asked you to come to class prepared with one question about each assignment, and I’ll expect that you have those ready.

For Wednesday, please read my post on “Phase Two.” Complete a 1000 word Phase Two draft for one of your Major Assignments (one of four blog posts, the rhetorical analysis, or the image argument script). Everyone should come to class on Monday, 9/22, with index cards prepared per the activity described in the “Phase Two” post.

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