WRTG 150 is designed to introduce you to college-level writing, reading, and research with an emphasis on argumentation and rhetorical analysis. This course pays particular attention to the ways arguments work within discourse communities (that is, groups of people who share common values, interests, purposes, beliefs, and so forth). Our study of writing and rhetoric will be structured around the impact of new media (for example, the Internet, Facebook, and texting) on our culture and society, and will require extensive writing, reading, and research in this topic area.
As a result of taking WRTG 150, you will be able to do the following:
McInelly, Brett C. and Brian Jackson. Writing and Rhetoric with Supplemental Guide. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil, 2014.
The course is divided into four units, with the culminating assignment for each unit being one of the four portfolio assignments, though the final draft for each paper may be required at the end of a lesson for the following unit. The course includes a total of 15 lessons. The reading assignment for each lesson should be completed before reading the discussion material (unless otherwise indicated). All Speedback assignments are open book.
You will complete 15 computer-graded or Speedback assignments. These include five short-response essay Speedback assignments and five punctuation and sentence style Speedback assignments; a punctuation and sentence style self-test in lesson 5; a library SMART tutorial and library virtual tour quiz in lesson 10; an MLA quiz in lesson 11; and a design principles quiz in lesson 14.
You will complete four portfolio paper assignments and will be required to turn in a rough draft of each: an opinion editorial (3-5 pages), a rhetorical analysis (4-6 pages), an issues paper (8-10 pages), and a multimodal proposal (at least 250 words). The Supplemental Guide provides details relating to each of these assignments and grading criteria. Review the assignment rubrics in the Supplemental Guide before you submit your assignment.
You will submit your Rhetorical Analysis Rough Draft and your Issues Paper Final Draft through a third party website called Turnitin. The instructions to do so will be given when you submit the writting.
You will also review three Opinion Editorial (lesson 4) and Issues Paper (lesson 12) rough drafts. When you submit your own rough draft, you will then be able to email your draft to a TA for feedback. As you receive feedback on your own rough draft and leave feedback on other rough drafts, it will help you as you complete the final draft of your own paper before submitting it for a grade. Please participate in this activity by leaving thoughtful and constructive comments.
A Note about Cover Sheets in the Supplemental Guide: All assignments will be submitted electronically through your course, so you DO NOT need to submit a cover sheet or rubric for any portfolio assignment from the Supplemental Guide—these are for your review only. Follow the given directions for each assignment.
In this course, there are a number of prewriting and drafting assignments to prepare you for the portfolio assignments. Prewriting assignments are not graded but they are required and will need to be turned in with the portfolio assignments. Follow each lessons assignment instructions carefully. There is also a final Capstone essay, and a proctored final exam.
You will submit your completed writing assignments electronically throughout your course. Remember to submit your assignments as Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX files. Name the file using this style—be sure to use your own name: WRTG150_JaneSmith_WritingAssignment1.docx.
There are two parts to the final exam in this course. Part 1 is the final Capstone essay at the end of the last lesson. Once you have completed it and received a grade, you may then request the final exam. Part 2 of the final exam for this course will be proctored and consists of ten multiple-choice questions and five short-essay questions (open book: Writing and Rhetoric and Perspectives on New Media). The exam is worth 6 percent of your grade and there is no time limit, but most students should finish within two hours. There are no retakes on either the Capstone essay or the final exam.
|1, 3, 4, 6, 7||Response Essay Speedback Assignments
(5 points each)
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5||Punctuation and Style Speedback Assignments
(10 points each)
|4||Rough Draft of Opinion Editorial||10|
|Opinion Editorial Review||5|
|5||Opinion Editorial Portfolio Submission||100|
|Practice Assignment: Punctuation and Sentence Style Self-Test||5|
|8||Rough Draft of Rhetorical Analysis||10|
|10||SMART Tutorial and Library Virtual Tour Speedback Assignments||50|
|Rhetorical Analysis Portfolio Submission||200|
|11||MLA Speedback Assignment||10|
|12||Rough Draft of Issues Paper||10|
|Issues Paper Review||5|
Issues Paper Portfolio Submission
(reflective memo, rough draft with instructor's comments, and all prewriting assignments)
|Issues Paper Final Draft||260|
|Design Principles Speedback Assignment||10|
|15||Rough Draft of Multimodal Proposal||10|
|Multimodal Proposal Portfolio Submission||100|
|Final Capstone Essay||40|
The point grade breakdown for the course will be as follows:
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15 computer-graded assignments; 10 instructor-graded papers, No resubmissions allowed.
1 proctored exam (multiple-choice and short-answer questions), may not retake, must pass to earn credit for the course.
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