CO150 Common Syllabus, 2003-2004

This common syllabus is provided to support our newest instructors, as well as instructors interested in learning about the latest changes to the CO150 curriculum. These materials are also available in a format designed for printing. Please follow the links below to view the syllabus materials:

Course Curriculum

Note: The following weekly and daily lesson plans provide varying levels of detail about suggested course goals and activities. The weekly lesson plans provide overviews of teaching and learning goals for each week. They become less detailed as the semester proceeds. Daily lesson plans are provided, for both MWF and TR sections, for the first portfolio.

Complete Lesson Plans and Assignments in Adobe Acrobat Format:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Lesson Plans and Portfolio Materials
Tuesday/Thursday Lesson Plans and Portfolio Materials

Lesson Plans and Assignments in HTML Format:

Course Goals
General Advice about Teaching
Introduction to Weekly and Daily Lesson Plans

Week 1: Monday, August 25th - Friday, August 29th
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Week 2: Tuesday, September 2nd - Friday, September 5th
Labor Day | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Week 3: Monday, September 8th - Friday, September 12th
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Week 4: Monday, September 15th - Friday, September 19th
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Portfolio 2: Complete Weekly Plans
Week 5: Monday, September 22nd - Friday, September 26th
Week 6: Monday, September 29th - Friday, October 3rd
Week 7: Monday, October 6th - Friday, October 10th
Week 8: Monday, October 13th - Friday, October 17th
Week 9: Monday, October 20st - Friday, October 24th

Portfolio 3: Complete Weekly Plans
Week 10: Monday, October 27th - Friday, October 31st
Week 11: Monday, November 3rd - Friday, November 7th
Week 12: Monday, November 10th - Friday, November 14th
Week 13: Monday, November 17th - Friday, November 21st
Week 14: Monday, December 1st - Friday, December 5th
Week 15: Monday, December 8th - Friday, December 12th

Final Examination

Assignments and Portfolio Overviews

Note: These documents provide rationales for each of the portfolios, as well as the assignments themselves. We advise reading the overview for portfolios two and three prior to planning your class lessons.

Portfolio 1: Overview
Portfolio 1: Assignment

Portfolio 2 Overview
Portfolio 2 Goals
Portfolio 2 Topic Proposal
Portfolio 2 Personal Position Analysis
Portfolio 2 Personal Position Analysis Worksheet
Portfolio 2 Annotated Bibliography
Portfolio 2 News and Issue Analysis
Portfolio 2 Composite Analysis Grid
Conference Preparation Worksheet

Portfolio 3 Overview
Portfolio 3 Goals
Portfolio 3 Audience & Context Analysis Report
Portfolio 3 Arguing Essay #1
Portfolio 3 Arguing Essay#2


Admin Materials
How to Login to Our Class Web Forum on Syllabase
CO150 Mid-Term Course Evaluation
Grading Criteria for Essay 1

Helpful Things
Rhetorical Terminology
Backward Outline Analysis Directions
Backwards Outline Workshop

Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird excerpt

Research Assistance
Research Strategies
Issue Analysis Log

Argument Aids
Questions for Audience Analysis
Mini-Debate Activity (Legalizing Marijuana)
Logical Fallacy Examples

Summary Response: Extended Letter to the Editor
News and Issue Analysis
First Argument Essay

Portfolio Samples
Portfolio 1: Joe
Portfolio 1: Yoshi
Portfolio 1: Kelly
Portfolio 2: "Alternatives to Profiling" and "The Effect of Clear Channel Radio"
Portfolio 3: "Oil Drilling in ANWR," "Best Site for Nuclear Waste," and "The Great Belt Debate"