Course Syllabus

Course starts 25 Aug 12:30. Hs 109. Meets face to face weekly on Tuesdays. Assignments and exercises are required to be posted online at scheduled times.



Tue 25 Aug: Start Up

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

Thu 27 Aug

Fri 28 Aug

10:18 AM
Nearly everyone is registered on the wiki and set up, so I want to give everyone a chance to settle in with an exercise in seeing rhetoric.

Tue 1 Sep

2 Sep

for Tue 8 Sep

update 9 Sep

Tue 22 Sep

Questions on Formatting Pages?

Adding links, images, and new page? Use the GettingStarted page on this wiki.

for Thu 24 Sep

Mon 28 Sep midnight: Due

Tue 29 Sep

Fri Oct 2

Update: Project Continues

You have extra time to work this week. I have a conference this coming week, so

Update 12 Oct 2015

Wed 14 Oct

Viewing Grades and Comments

Tue 20 Oct

preparing for Tuesday

In-class students: Prepare to speak briefly about what you have found concerning managing arguments in these two sires. You will have 10 - 15 minutes in class to compare notes, then I will ask you to highlight one or two points, while we view them on the sites. To get a sense of what to prepare, go back to our starting position:

In this project, we analyzed a number of web pages on two different websites to see how the rhetors manage arguments. In particular, we kept an eye on how the sites use presentational enthymemes (L&W pp 54ff), and practical reasoning overall. But, more broadly, we're here to see what we can see: What's interesting in how arguments operate or are managed in websites, and more generally in hypertext.

To draw you notes together, we'll start by characterizing the ethos of each site. Some of you already have started to do this in your notes. We can see the ethos of the sites being argued in almost every element - right down to how the primary claim of each site is stated and presented:

BSU: Best decision ever!
SCSU: Think. Do. Make a difference. Update: The cap now seems to be Education for Life. See FinalPassAtArgumentsOnWebSites

Keep this in mind for Tuesday: Ethos.

Project Evaluation

I'll be reviewing and evaluating your projects between 21 - 27 Oct.

If you have made significant revisions to any of your summaries and would like me to re-evaluate them, highlight the summaries you have changed. Use the Highlight markup: Format Bar > down arrows > Highlight. Or use bold markup to highlight the material.

For Tue 27 Oct

We're going to look at style in public micro-messenges, such as tweets, GIFs, Instagram images, or tumblr posts. We'll use to locate. collect, and comment on the rhetorical artifacts we're looking at.

If you would like get an advanced start, sign up for an account on, and work with the help stories and tutorials to discover how to use it. Browse the site to see how people use it. Try setting up a practice story, collecting some sources, organizing them, commenting on them ... For practice, you can save your work to Storify without publishing it to the world.

I'll post the full project on Tuesday so everyone can get a start.

For reference

update 31 Oct 2015

Here are the stories so far. GIFs seem to be The Big Thing you're collecting, so we'll need to do some work with Repetition and how it fashions an argument. It's valuable that you're collecting stuff first and then turning towards annotating each to develop a larger sense of how style is used. Don't limit yourselves to just GIFs. Lots of tweets out there! Not everything has to move.

You can leave notes on stories, by the way. Mouse over an element and a speech-bubble button will appear.

As you become comfortable with Storify, start turing your attention to naming the figures you're seeing in the artifacts and considering how they work to make an argument.

Update 27 Oct 2015

Get started on the StyleInMicroMessages project. Watch for additions to this page on Wednesday and Friday.

Deadline - Fri 30 Oct Set up a Storify account. Have a page created and 20 artifacts selected. Add a link to your Storify page to your wiki name page so we can all get to your work. Start making notes and fashioning the micro-analyses of your selection. On Friday, I will look in and may leave you side notes so you can work on the micro-analyses further for Tuesday.

Storify will automatically save your work periodically, but you will need to click Publish to make updates visible to the rest of us.

Deadline - class time, 3 Nov First pass at stylistics micro-analyses ready to look at and discuss. Bring problems and questions and breakthroughs to class on Tuesday.

an example in Storify

I'm developing an example Story to explore how to approach this project. Have a look at Morgan's Example: Style in Micro-Messages. Some of this is still in notes but will develop further over the next week.

Thu 5 Nov

The last pass in the StyleInMicroMessages project is now posted on the project page, and copied below.

Due dates
Tue 10 Nov, class time
The 12 Nov, midnight

developing a larger analysis: for 10 Nov

7. Once you have a close, thorough analysis of each message, re-organize the messages to reveal a larger consideration. Re-order the images and your analyses on Storify, and use headings and text introductions under your headings, to illustrate or argue a point about how you see visual and textual style being used in micro-messages.

There is very likely an argument latent in your selection and analyses. Bring it out by re-arranging the material and adding your notes to create, basically, a visual-textual essay. It doesn't need to be a grand, world-shattering point. It might be an overall observation or summation of what you have found. But create that overview by organizing and by using headings and text notes to illustrate the point.

In-Class Students

Have a pretty complete and well-honed analysis ready for Tuesday 10 Nov. In class, we'll lo0k each of them over individually for strengths and possible points of development. You won't be presenting. Instead, you and I will review what you have and work from there.

After our in-class review, a final revision will be due Thu 12 Nov, midnight.

On-Line Students

Please have your work on this project ready for review and comment by Thu 12 Nov, midnight.

Tue 3 Nov

Week of Nov 17 - 20

I'll be evaluating the style in micro-messages projects this week. Watch d2l.

I'm also attending the Open Education 2015 conference this week, so classes are cancelled. I'll post a chapter from Longaker to read for our return after T'Giving.

Week of Nov 24 - 26

T'Giving Break: Classes cancelled.

Week of Dec 1 - 8

I've reviewed and commented on your work with StyleInMicroMessages. Superb!

Grad Students

I've been ill this week, and that has slowed down reviewing any new work and getting the final exercise out to you.

The final exercise is coming Friday or Saturday morning, and will be individualized: Each one different. It will take about an hour and a half to complete, on your own time, by the following Sunday, Dec 13. Watch your email tomorrow and Saturday.

And thanks for your patience.

Capstone Project: Andrea Nadeau & Whitney Jackson


5 Dec 2015

Tue 8 Dec


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