- Participation: 10%
- Grammar Quizzes: 10%
- Essay #1: Ancient Appeals: 10%
- Essay #2: Figurative Language: 20%
- Essay #3: Logic and Fallacy: 20%
- Essay #4: Revision Paper: 30%
Your participation grade is based on how much you take part in the class in whatever ways you are able, so while attendance counts towards it, it is not enough by itself. You must also take part in classroom discussions, or come to office hours regularly, or stay in contact by email, or possibly all three.
You will write eight (8) grammar quizzes over the course of the semester—as many as we can fit in—and your grade is based on how many of them you write, not on how well you do on them.
All essays are due at midnight on the day of our class—Thursday, 12am—by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Draft Due Dates
All essays have two due dates, one for the Rough Draft and one for the Final Draft. You must submit the Rough Draft one week before the Final Draft. If you do not submit a Rough Draft, you will take late penalties on the Final Draft. This is in addition to late penalties you might take on the Rough Draft. Pro tip: don’t be late.
All of the assignments require that you choose an article to work with. You may choose one from the list below. If you want work with an article that is not on the syllabus, then you may ask permission:
- Friere, “The Banking Concept of Education” (handout)
- Gladwell, “None of the Above: What IQ Doesn’t Tell You about Race”
- King, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
- Lander, “World Cup” (from Stuff White People Like)
- Martin, “The Egg and the Sperm”
- Ngugi, “from Decolonising the Mind” (handout)
- Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”
- Penny, “What The ‘Transgender Tipping Point’ Really Means”
- Trudeau, “Just Watch Me” (video and text)
- Trudeau, “Invocation of the War Measures Act” (video and text)
- Rich, “Taking Women Students Seriously”
- Singer, “Speciesism and the Equality of Animals” (handout)
- Smooth, “How to Tell People They Sound Racist” (video with transcript)
- Stokes, “No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion“
- Swift, “A Modest Proposal”
Essay #1: The Ancient Appeals
Due: Week #4
Length: 600 (approximately two pages)
For this assignment, pick one article from the course readings and analyze its use of the Ancient Appeals. Find examples of logos (logic/form), pathos (emotion), and ethos (the speaker’s personality) in the article, and then explain how they support the article’s argument. Remember that your essay must have a thesis of its own, as well, something that draws a conclusion from the examples you picked.
Essay 2: Figurative Language
Due: Week #7
Length: 750 (approximately three pages)
Choose one article from the course readings and identify three uses of figurative language: image, motif, analogy, simile, metaphor, symbol. At least two of your examples must be different kinds of figurative language (e.g., two similes and a symbol; an analogy and two metaphors; an image, a motif, and a symbol, etc.). Explain how your example fits the criteria, and then explain how it is important or interesting to the text as a whole. Actually finding examples of figurative language is part of the assignment, so choose your text carefully (i.e., make sure that you can find examples before you start writing your essay). Also, do not pick simplistic or unremarkable examples. Look for examples that are complex and interesting. Remember that your essay must have a thesis of its own, as well, something that draws a conclusion from the examples you picked.
Essay 3: Logic and Fallacy
Due: Week #10
Length: 750 (approximately three pages)
Choose one article from the course readings and identify two examples of discreet logical arguments and one example of a fallacious argument. Explain how the logic works and why it is valid; identify what kind of fallacy you’ve found and explain why it’s not logical. Actually finding examples of logic and fallacy is part of the assignment, so you must choose your text carefully (i.e., make sure that you can find examples before you start writing your essay). Also, do not pick simplistic or unremarkable examples. Look for examples that are complex and interesting. Remember that your essay must have a thesis of its own, as well, something that draws a conclusion from the examples you picked.
Essay #4: Revision Paper
Due: Week #13
Length: 1250 (approximately five pages)
For this essay, you must revise one of your previous papers and expand it to meet the word count. The new paper must show clear evidence of revision—an adjusted thesis, new evidence, significant rewrites—but you may not write a whole new essay. You can expand the essay by, for example, adding a new section or doing outside research (although outside research is not required). Alternatively, you can add a section text to your essay, turning it into a comparison paper. You must consult with me two weeks before the essay is due in order to get approval for your rewrite.