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Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is reproduced below. The professor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.

Unless instructed otherwise, each week’s assignments are due at the start of class on Tuesday.

Week 1 (27 & 30 August)
Reading Due
– Johnson, “Obstructions on Learning.” (due on Friday)
– Kirszner and Mandell, 3-22. “An Introduction to Argument.” (due on Friday)
In Class
– Welcome to ENG 1123: Syllabus and Class Overview
– Genre and purpose
– Rhetorical situation

Week 2 (3 & 6 September)
Reading Due
– Orwell, “Why I Write.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 23-82. “The Four Pillars of Argument” and “Thinking and Reading Critically.”
In Class
– Introduction to Project 1
– Types of arguments
– Rhetorical analysis
– Persuasive appeals

Week 3 (10 & 13 September)
Assignment Due
Project 1 Draft
Reading Due
– Chesterton, “On Essays.”
– pathosethoslogos.com
In Class
– Project 1 Draft Workshop
– Moving from general to particular (organisation)
– Essay structure

Week 4 (17 & 20 September)
Assignment Due
Project 1 Final Version
Reading Due
– Hazlitt, “My First Acquaintence with Poets.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 99-122. “Writing a Rhetorical Analysis.”
– “Briefcases vs. Backpacks”
– OWL MLA and Chicago guides
In Class
– Introduction to Project 2
– Developing Claims

Week 5 (24 & 27 September)
Assignment Due
Project 2 Draft
Reading Due
– Chesterton, “The Slavery of Free Verse.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 123-190. “Understanding Logic and Recognizing Logical Fallacies.”
– “What’s Worth Knowing?”
In Class
– Project 2 Draft Workshop
– Developing inquiry and research questions
– Working with quotes

Week 6 (1 & 4 October)
Assignment Due
Project 2 Final Version
Reading Due
– Arnold, “Sweetness and Light.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 287-328. “Finding and Evaluating Sources.”
In Class
– Introduction to Project 3
– Library research strategies

Week 7 (8 & 11 October)
Assignment Due
Project 3 Research Questions
Reading Due
– Chesterton, “On Shakespeare.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 329-344. “Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Synthesizing Sources.”
In Class
– Project 3 Idea Workshop
– Writing about research
– Research argumentation

Week 8 (15 & 18 October)
Assignment Due
Project 3 Draft
Reading Due
– Johnson, “Authors Inattentive to Themselves.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 345-416. “Documenting Sources: MLA” and “Using Sources Responsibly.”
In Class
– Project 3 Draft Workshop
– Writing about research

Week 9 (22 & 25 October)
Assignment Due
Project 3 Final Version
Reading Due
– Lewis, “The Law of Human Nature.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 253-286. “Planning, Drafting, and Revising an Argumentative Essay.”
In Class
– Introduction to Project 4
– Developing thoughtful reader response to writing

Week 10 (29 October & 1 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Proposal
Reading Due
– Hazlitt, “On the Fear of Death.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 417-516. “Definition Arguments” and “Cause-and-Effect Arguments.”
In Class
– Project 4 Idea Workshop
– Types of arguments
– The ‘conversation’ of discourse
– Types of research
– Academic discourse

Week 11 (5 & 8 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Draft 1
Reading Due
– Churchill, “Moses: The Leader of a People.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 517-588. “Evaluation Arguments” and “Proposal Arguments.”
In Class
– Project 4 Draft Workshop 1
– Citation Workshop
– Effective Integration of Sources

Week 12 (12 & 15 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Draft 2
Reading Due
– Churchill, “A Second Choice.”
– Kirszner and Mandell, 589-644. “Ethical Arguments” and “Combining Argumentative Strategies.”
In Class
– Project 4 Draft Workshop 2
– Citation Workshop
– Orienting to reading the conversation
– Establishing knowledge in your paper

Week 13 (19 & 22 November)
Assignment Due
Project 4 Final Version
Reading Due
– Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant.”
– Balliet, Amy. “The Dos and Don’ts of Infographic Design”
– Piktochart Layout Cheat Sheet
– Purdue Online Writing Lab: Visual Rhetoric
In Class
– Introduction to Project 5
– Piktochart Tutorial
– Visual analysis readings
– Genre analysis with infographic samples
– Synthesis of data and drafting

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: NO CLASSES 25-29 NOVEMBER

Week 14 (3 & 6 December)
Assignment Due
Project 5 Draft
Reading Due
– Lewis, “Men without Chests.”
In Class
– Project 5 Draft Workshop
– Composing in text and with visuals/genre affordances

Week 15 (10 & 13 December)
Assignment Due
Project 5 Final Version
– All Outstanding Revisions
Reading Due
– Churchill, “Shall We Commit Suicide?.”
In Class
– Project 5 Presentations

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