Schedule

Introduction to the Course and the Classical Trivium
Week 1: January 13, 14 & 16

  • Tuesday: In-class diagnostic
  • Wednesday: Essay 1 Due
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Unit 1: Logical Techniques for Writing and Analyzing Essays


Getting Started: Identifying and Describing
Week 2: January 20, 21 & 23

  • Tuesday: Essay 2 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Can We Save That Old Cliché, “Comparing and Contrasting”?
Week 3: January 27, 28, & 30

  • Tuesday: Essay 3 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

The Limits of Knowledge: Classification Systems, Order, and Disorder
Week 4: February 3, 4, & 6

  • Tuesday: Essay 4 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Different Processes of Writing: Defining the Process and the Process of Defining
Week 5: February 10, 11 & 13

  • Tuesday: Essay 5 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

The Chicken or the Egg? Causality, Etiology, Casuistry
Week 6: February 17, 18, & 20

  • Tuesday: No Class / Classes on a Monday Schedule
  • Wednesday: Essay 6 (Social Problem) Due
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Just Say What You Mean: Metaphors and Analogies
Week 7: February 24, 25, & 27

  • Tuesday: Mandatory Revision 1 Due
  • Wednesday: Midterm
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Bottoms Up! From Top Down! Reviewing Induction and Deduction
Week 8: March 3, 4, & 6

  • Tuesday: Mandatory Revision 2 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Unit 2: Methods of Argument


Rethinking Claims, Evidence, Thesis and Antithesis in Longer Essay Papers
Week 9: March 10, 11, & 13

  • Tuesday: Library Scavenger Hunt
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Essay 7 Pre-writing Due (Claim, Annotated Bibliography, and Outline)

Week 10: March 17, 18, & 20
SPRING BREAK NO CLASS

They Say That; I Say This: Citing and Summarizing Sources
Week 11: March 24, 25, & 27

  • Tuesday: Topic Discussion, the Rhetorical Uses of Evidence
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Essay 7 Rough Draft Due / In-Class Workshop

Unit 3: Rhetorical Strategies in Longer Essay Papers


Shouldn’t Writing Be Objective: The Uses and Abuses of Bias
Week 12: March 31, April 1 & 3

  • Tuesday: Topic Discussion
  • Wednesday: No Class / Snow make up, Monday schedule
  • Friday: No Class / Easter Recess

Where Are You Coming From? What’s Your Tone?
Week 13: April 7, 8, & 10

  • Tuesday: Essay 7 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Exploring Humor, Irony, and Wit
Week 14: April 14, 15 & 17

  • Tuesday: Mandatory Revision 3 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

What Does It Matter Anyway? Our Values and Judgments in Writing
Week 15: April 21, 22 & 24

  • Tuesday: Essay 8, Part 1 Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Narration as Analysis: Students Critiquing the Syllabus
Week 16: April 28, 29, & May 1

  • Tuesday: Essay 8 Rough Draft Due
  • Wednesday: Topic Discussion
  • Friday: Topic Discussion

Week 17: May 5

  • Tuesday: Essay 8 Due

Week 18: May 6-12

  • Final Exam, TBD
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