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ENG 111: Composition and Rhetoric

Fall Semester 2012

Instructor: Magdalena Waz Meeting place and times: 343 Upham, MWF 8:00-8:50am Website: Email: wazma@muohio.edu Office: 212 Boyd Office Hours: MF, 9:00-10:30am

The ability to think, read, and compose is an essential skill in any endeavor. This course, in a nutshell, will help you achieve this by giving you a vocabulary to identify and analyze different types of communication for their effectiveness. Through this analysis, you'll come to see how you can write essays and new media texts for a variety of audiences that inform, synthesize, analyze, evaluate, and advocate. This is a writing course, which means that there will be a lot of writing, both formal and informal. Each of the five major assignments (inquiries) will have you producing 1,000-2,000 words of formal class writing and 1,000-2,000 words of informal writing as you work through each inquiry. English 111 is a Miami Plan Foundation (MP) course. The MP goals are to help you think critically, understand the significance of contexts, engage with other learners, and use reflection to help you develop intellectually.

1. Write effectively for different contexts, audiences, purposes, and genres. 2. Ask questions in order to generate your own ideas and conduct research that results in sustained arguments or narratives. 3. Learn how to find, evaluate, use, and cite secondary sources effectively and ethically. 4. Consider and reflect on the new challenges digital genres (the email, text message, video) present for communication and writing. 5. Use the vocabulary of rhetoric to analyze your own rhetorical decisions and composing practices, which include effective use of style, organization, and proofreading appropriate to your audience.


In addition to Everything's and Argument and College Composition at Miami (Volume 65), you will need a wireless-enabled laptop and word processing software.

Attendance is very important to the success of this class and to your development as a writer. Much of the learning in English 111 happens via in-class inquiry activities, writing assignments, discussion, and interaction that cannot be simply made up or replicated outside of class. Our class time is interactive so if you're not there, you can't interact. For this reason, attendance at all class sessions is expected. You are allowed a maximum of 3 unexcused absences in this course. Having more than 3 unexcused absences will result in a lowering of your final grade for the course by one tier. For example, you can go from a B to a B-, losing one third of your participation grade just by not coming to class. Being late three times is equal to being absent once.

A 1000-940 points A- 939-900 B+ 899-870 B 869-840 B- 839-800 C+ 799-770 C 769-740


739-700 699-670 669-640 639-609 599 and below

The work you produce for this class will be your own. To copy someone else's writing without acknowledging that use is an act of academic as well as professional dishonesty, whether you borrow an entire report or a single sentence. The most serious forms of academic dishonesty are to "buy" an entire paper; or to have someone else write an assignment for you; or to turn in someone else's entire paper (or significant portions of an existing piece of writing) and call it your own. These forms of dishonesty constitute serious breaches of academic integrity. If you have doubts about whether or not you are using your own or others' writing ethically, come talk to me. For further details about Academic Integrity at Miami University including a detailed list of examples of academic dishonesty and procedures and penalties for dealing with instances of academic dishonesty see http://www.muohio.edu/integrity/undergrads.cfm.

While we will often engage in vigorous debate in this class, personal insults or attacks on an individual person's race, class, gender, sexuality, or disability will not be tolerated. Also, texting and playing games on your laptop while someone else is talking demonstrates a lack of respect for the speaker, so keep your phone silenced and your laptop work confined to work for this class.

I am committed to making this course as accessible as possible. If there is any way that I can adapt to better meet your unique needs as a learner, please let me know! If you have a documented disability, I am especially interested in providing any accommodations that have been best determined by you and the Office of Disability Resources (http://www.units.muohio.edu/oeeo/odr/; 513-529-2541) in advance.

Your classmates. Rely on one another for the questions you have regarding the readings, the work we're doing in class, software we may be using, etc. Your Instructor. Feel free to meet with me during my office hours or another scheduled time. Email is a reliable way to contact me and I will try my best to respond in a timely manner. IT Support (513-529-7900; ithelp@muohio.edu; 317 hughes hall) The IT support desk is the main point of contact for technology questions at Miami, including issues with connecting to MU wireless. Howe (King Library) and Windate (18 Peabody) Writing Centers. The Howe Writing Center is located on the main floor of King Library. The Center is staffed with writing consultants from many different academic areas. In a one-on-one workshop, a staff member will consult with you concerning all aspects of the writing process. It is best to schedule an appointment ahead of time, but you may also walk in on days when they have consultants available. For further information, visit the student resources site at http://writingcenter.lib.muohio.edu/. The Student Counseling Service. Located in the Health Services Center, this office provides a wide range of counseling services. For more information, call 513-529-4634.


1. Initial Reflective Inquiry 2. Rhetorical Analysis 3. Public, Research-Based Argument 4. Remediation Inquiry Analyzing and reflecting on your rhetorical practices in a particular context. Using rhetorical analysis as a method to analyze a public argument. Researching and making a rhetorical argument about a public issue. Understanding how the medium affects the message by remediating a previous piece of writing (by changing the medium and/or modality of communication) to present your work to a new audience. Reflecting on your writing and rhetoric through analysis of your coursework collected in an eportfolio. Daily informal writing homework designed to help you generate ideas for and explore revisions of your major inquiry projects Active participation in peer response, collaborative group work activities, and in-class writing TOTAL 150

150 200


5. Final Reflective Inquiry 6. Reading Response / Invention Blog 7. Participation




1,000 POINTS

All assignments must be turned in on time. Final grades on papers will be downgraded one whole grade for each day they are late (for example A to B) unless you have made prior arrangements for an extension with me (in exceptional circumstances). All projects can be revised for a new grade within two weeks of when they were handed back, but before you start your revision, you will have to schedule a conference with me or visit during office hours so that we can discuss your plan, designate a due date, and go over guidelines for a new cover letter. All five inquiries must be turned in.


The daily course schedule and more detailed assignment prompts will be available on Niihka. The course schedule is subject to change based on the needs and interests of the class. You are responsible for regularly checking niihka for updates, and I am responsible to getting those changes communicated to you in a timely manner.

08/20 Introductions 08/22 Read: Write: TWITTER FEEDS; Everything's An Argument [EA] (pages 15-20, 30-31, 35) BLOG: What are the benefits of writing in Twitter? What are the pitfalls? Which of the feeds you saw did you find most interesting? Why? Rhetoric has a New Look: Persuading a Change in Fashion by William Carlson (pages 89-94), Sweet Tea and Southern English by Margaret Ledbetter (pages 95-98) both in College Composition at Miami [CCM] BLOG: How do you imagine your story will expand and change when you remove the constraints of Twitter? None FIRST DRAFT INQUIRY ONE DUE (bring to class on your laptop) Ch. 3 of EA BLOG: Question on Niihka Revising Attitudes by Brock Dethier (PDF on Niihka), Cover letter handout (PDF on Niihka) BLOG No Class, Labor Day Final Draft uploaded to Niihka by 11:59pm. Ch. 5 of EA FORUM: Post a link to one image, video, or text we can analyze in class. Jones Finding the Good Argument OR Why Bother with Logic Proposals for analysis Ch. 4 of EA BLOG None FIRST DRAFT INQUIRY TWO DUE An Analysis of Student-Written Articles on Diversity by Courtney Lattimore CCM (pages 65-74) BLOG Campaign Websites (Local candidate, presidential candidate) BLOG: Comment on the text, images, and arrangement of the main page

08/24 Read:

Write: 08/27 Read: Write: 08/29 Read: Write: 08/31 Read: Write: 09/03 09/05 Read: Write: 09/07 Read: Write: 09/10 Read: Write: 09/12 Read: Write: 09/14 Read: Write: 09/17 Read: Write:

09/19 Read: Write: 09/21 Read: Write: 09/24 Read: Write: 09/26 Read: Write: 09/28 Read: Write: 10/01 Read: Write: 10/03 Write: 10/05 Read: Write: 10/08 Read: Write: 10/10 Read: Write: 10/12 10/15 Read: Write: 10/16 10/17 Read: Write: 10/19 Read: Write: 10/22 Read: Write: 10/24

Comments on your draft (from me and your peers) Revision Exercise Gaines Intro to Rhetorical Style BLOG NONE Final Draft Due before class McClure, Googlepedia Proposal for Inquiry Three Ch. 19 of EA LIBRARY DAY Ch. 6 of EA BLOG: library reactions NO CLASS, CONFERENCES ALL DAY BLOG: brief conference reaction, due by 11:59pm NONE Part A Due Ch .7 of EA BLOG: conference reactions Sexual Assault and Miami University by Brian Hubacher CCM (pages 136-141) BLOG NO CLASS, FALL BREAK NONE FIRST DRAFT INQUIRY THREE PART B DUE WATCH Presidential Debate #2 (take notes) Ch. 18 of EA BLOG: How does your position as writer change when you cite sources? Review transcripts of the debate BLOG Ch. 2 of EA BLOG

Read: Write: 10/26 Read: Write: 10/29 Read: Write: 10/31 Read: Write: 11/2 Read: Write: 11/5 Read: Write: 11/7 Read: Write: 11/9 Read: Write: 11/12 Read: Write: 11/14 Read: Write: 11/16 Read: Write: 11/19 Read: Write: 11/21 11/23 11/26 Read: Write: 11/28 Read: Write:

Ch. 20 of EA (MLA Section) NONE NONE Final Draft Inquiry Three Due Yancey, Writing in the Twenty First Century BLOG: What are some other spaces you write in? Selected CCM Remediations--Online Proposal TBAarticle on medium and/or genre BLOG NONE Plans:storyboards or scripts NONE FIRST DRAFT INQUIRY FOUR DUE A Fair(y) Use Tale (youtube) Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Online Video PDF on Niihka Where do you see the lines of fair use blurring in your own internet experience? TBA BLOG Everything's a Remix BLOG TBA BLOG: Reflect on Inquiry Four NONE Final Draft Inquiry Four Due NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING BREAK NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING BREAK Making a Change: One Step at a Time by Lexie Taylor CCM (pages 155-158) BLOG: Which was your favorite Inquiry? Why? All of your writing for this course BLOG

11/30 Read: Write: 12/03 Read: Write: 12/05 Read: Write: 12/07 Read:



Final Draft Inquiry Five Due by 11:59pm