rhetorical analyses (4)
due: various (see schedule)
You will produce at least four rhetorical analyses of about 500 words each (no more than one page, single-spaced) based upon the type of rhetorical criticism we are discussing each week. Your analyses must be posted to syllabase on Monday nights by midnight before the day we discuss them. For this reason and because we will need to assign responders in class, no late analyses will be accepted. The grading criteria for these analyses is as follows:
peer critiques (7)
due: various (see schedule)
Each week that you do not post an analysis, you will be required to write a critique of one of your classmates' analyses. These will be about 300 words (no more than one page, double-spaced) based upon the type of rhetorical criticism we are discussing each week. Your critiques must be posted to syllabase on Wednesdays by midnight the day they are due. Everyone will have an opportunity to write up to 8 critiques, and I will record the best 7. For this reason and because we will need to assign responders in class, no late critiques will be accepted. The grading criteria for these critiques is as follows:
due: various, see presentation schedule here in PDF format.
Once through the course of the semester, you and two classmates will be responsible for leading a class discussion with our UTF (including generating study materials, additional reading assignments if so decided, and class activities) on an aspect of rhetorical criticism. You are required to meet with our UTF at least once before your presentation (typically this will take place during office hours the week prior to your presentation) at which time you must have already completed the reading for the presentation day and have some thoughts about methods and materials we might use to present the readings and their significance. One important element of these presentations should be to help the class apply the course materials to their own artifacts. You will be assessed primarily on the study materials that you generate for the class and on the activities or discussion that we facilitate.
This examination covers readings and class discussions through this moment in the semester. It will contain multiple-choice, matching, and short-answer questions.
due: 3 May, 1:30pm
This paper should demonstrate what you have learned about your artifact and about rhetoric throughout the course. It will be a sustained, rhetorical analysis of your artifact employing at least three of the rhetorical techniques discussed in class (two from your smaller analyses and one new one) and secondary resources that discuss rhetoric, the artifact, and/or parallel artifacts and analyses (1500-3000 words plus Works Cited page).
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