CO300: Writing Arguments - Sample Syllabus

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Major Assignments:
Portfolio 1: Individual Portfolio 2: Individual Portfolio 3: Group
  • Two Detailed Summaries
  • One Toulmin Analysis OR One Rhetorical Analysis
  • One Summary/Response Essay
  • Convincing Essay
  • Persuading Essay
Groupwork Preparing an Analysis and Argument

Week 1: Course introduction; introduction to written arguments; Read chapters 1-4 in Aims of Argument; read example arguments; begin posts to the class Web forum; assign first summary (Dooling)

Week 2: First summary draft is due; assign second summary (McNulty), due at end of week; introduction to rhetorical analysis; assign rhetorical analysis of Dooling, McNulty, or DiIulio; introduce Toulmin analysis; assign Toulmin analysis of Bandow; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 3: Continue work on summary, rhetorical analysis, and Toulmin analysis; submit first draft of Toulmin analysis; begin Toulmin analysis of Kristol; assign summary/response essay; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 4: Conduct first peer review workshop on Portfolio 1 pieces; read Appendix B in Aims; introduction to revision strategies; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 5: Continue discussion of revision strategies; complete revisions on Portfolio 1; conduct peer reviews on Portfolio 1 pieces; submit Portfolio 1; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 6: Assign Portfolio 2; Introduction to Rogerian argument as an alternative to classical adversarial argument; discussion of library and Internet research; assign readings about library and Internet research on Writing Center Web site; introduce Convincing Essay assignment; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 7: Continue research and drafting of Convincing Essay; conduct first peer review of Convincing Essay; discuss revision strategies for Convincing Essay; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 8: Read Chapter 7 in Aims; additional discussion and review of work on Convincing Essay; conduct second peer review of Convincing Essay; introduce Persuading Essay assignment; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 9: Discuss importance of audience analysis for effective persuading essays; discuss using appeals effectively; review strategies for effective use of claims, evidence, and warrants; begin researching and drafting Persuading Essay; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 10: Continue discussion of and work on Persuading Essay; conduct first peer review workshop on Persuading Essay; conduct Toulmin analysis workshop on Persuading Essay drafts; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 11: Continue review of and revision of persuading essay; conduct peer review workshop on Portfolio 2 essays; develop formal revision plans for Convincing and Persuading Essays; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 12: Continue work on Portfolio 2 essays; conduct peer review workshop on Portfolio 2 essays; discuss polishing strategies for formal essays; review audience analysis and revision strategies; submit Portfolio 2 for a grade at the end of the week; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 13: Introduce Portfolio 3 essays -- discuss process, select essays, and create groups; review Toulmin analysis, audience analysis, and library and internet research; continue discussion of polishing strategies for formal essays; conduct and review audience analysis for your essays; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 14: Discuss organization/development/style analysis and Toulmin analysis for Analysis Essay; begin drafting Analysis Essay; conduct first peer review workshop on Portfolio 3 essays; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 15: Review revision strategies; conduct peer review workshop on Portfolio 3 essays; complete work on and submit Portfolio 3 essays; continue posts to the class Web forum

Week 16: Class will meet to review and discuss work on Portfolios 1 - 3 during the scheduled final exam time