Course Syllabus

Course starts 22 Aug 12:30. HS 103. Meets face to face weekly on Tuesdays. Assignments and exercises are required to be posted online at scheduled times.

Tue 22 Aug: Start Up

We'll use the first couple weeks of the course getting set up, developing a method for taking notes, and establishing a pace for exercises.

Due Fri 25 Aug noon

Week of 29 Aug

For the first couple of weeks, we'll look at method - and you'll practice method both in class and out - mainly by drafting and working with notes.

For Tue 29 Aug

Taking Notes

Advice: Get some practice on taking notes for this class. First, refer to AndByNotesIMean

Then, take notes on these chapters for your use. Go to your wiki name page, get into the edit mode, then create a new wiki page by adding a page title. Call it NotesChap1And2 - followed by your 3 initials. NotesChap1And2MCM, for instance. When you save, the title will be an open link. Click it, and it should go to a text editing space Work with what you're reading in Longaker. Expect to refine these notes on our next meeting. Use headings to organize things. Add examples and cases, and problematic cases. Add links. Embed content images. ... Refer to GettingStarted for formatting and embedding images.

In class Tues

Week of 5 Sep

Due Thu Fri, midnight (updated 7 Sep 2017). We'll work with these in class on 12 Sep

And a note

I'll be evaluating your notes

Two examples of the level of detail and engagement: WhatMakesThisRhetoricalWAS or WhatMakesThisRhetoricalJET

Week of 12 Sep

for Tue 19 Sep, 6:00 am

Week of 19 Sep

Week of 26 Sep

Week of 3 Oct

In-class 3 Oct

Week of 2 Oct - 10 Oct

for Tuesday 10 Oct, class time

GPS2 Flyer, 20 Sep 2017. Presentational enthymeme. An example in shared values, again. Capped using the metaphor of a GPS. Logos at work in the divided arrow; the ethical argument is capped by the silhouette of the corporate tie.

Consideration of this poster as a presentational enthymeme will address the use of the superscript 2 in the title (ethos); the dotted wandering lines with arrows; the tension between the split arrow leading up and over, while the list reads down and to a definite ending point; the HUGE map-marker icons indicating workshop times; the non-parallel wording of the workshop topics.

Weds 11 Oct

Week of 10 - 17 Oct

for Tue 17 Oct

In class

For Tues 31 Oct

Class meeting of 31 Oct cancelled

TWO things to work on for 31 Oct

Week of 24 - 31 Oct

In class, we’ll review work with CollectingMemesExercise. Online students: I’ll post comments to your work late Ties or Weds Friday and Saturday.

Week of Nov 7 - 14

Class meets Nov 7

You'll continue to collect observations on the memes you've gathered, extending those observations to specifically memetic characteristics. These notes are going towards your work on a meme project. I'll assign the project next Tuesday, 14 Nov.

In- class

also for Nov 14

Nov 14

Nov 21: Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28


Getting Started



A definition of rhetoric
A modest but pragmatic, easy-to-hang-onto definition of rhetoric from Stoner and Perkins:

The art and science of creating and analyzing "messages that rely on verbal and nonverbal symbols that more or less intentionally influence social attitudes, values, beliefs, and actions." (6)

Elements of the rhetorical situation in detail


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