Course Outline

Schedule Expectations

Subject to Override by Daily Agendas

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Deadlines

MIDNIGHT MON and MIDNIGHT WED.
Unless otherwise indicated in the official assignment, the deadline for “weekend assignments” is Monday just before midnight. The deadline for “midweek assignments” is midnight Wednesday.

Weekend Assignments:
For example, if an assignment is due before class TUE JAN 21
the deadline for publishing your draft is 11:59PM MON JAN 20.

Midweek Assignments:
For example, if an assignment is due before class THU JAN 23,
the deadline for publishing your draft is 11:59AM WED JAN 22.

Penalties

Portfolio Assignments:
The Short Arguments and other Portfolio items will undergo revisions during the semester, so grade penalties and deadlines are somewhat flexible. One thing is certain: Portfolio materials MUST be available for professor feedback and student revision WELL BEFORE the end of the semester. No student can pass the course whose work has not been reviewed early in the semester and thoroughly revised in response to feedback. The penalty, therefore, for failure to post drafts and revisions timely will be a grade of F.

Students who are not keeping up with the publication schedule will be advised to drop the course during the Withdrawal or Late Withdrawal periods to avoid ultimate failure.

Non-Portfolio Assignments:
The Stone Money Argument, the Purposeful Summary Assignment, the Critical Reading Assignment, and several other tasks are not eligible for Rewrites and will not be part of the end-of-season Portfolio. For these Non-Portfolio assignments, late penalties are severe but the impact is smaller than for Portfolio failure.  

  • Early posts are eligible for early feedback before the first draft is graded.
  • On-time posts published before midnight or noon on the due date: Full Credit
  • 0-24. Posts published within 24 hours of the deadline: 10% Grade Penalty
  • 24-48. Posts published 24-48 hours late: 20% Grade Penalty
  • 48+. Posts published more than 48 hours late: Maximum grade 50 for a perfect essay (can’t pass regardless of quality)

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Daily Class Plans


Week 1

CLASS 01 and 02 | TUE SEP 01 and THU SEP 03

  • Class Photos
  • Text your Professor at (856) 979-6653
    • Text your Name plus C2 SP18
  • Introduction to Blogging
    • Open and Write a Post
    • Check off the appropriate Categories
    • Publish
    • Open in Edit, Revise, Update
    • Find in the Sidebar
  • Lecture/Demonstration: Narrowing the Topic to a Counterintuitive Hypothesis
  • Task: My Hypothesis

Week 2

CLASS 03| TUE SEP 08


CLASS 04| THU SEP 10


Week 3

CLASS 05| TUE SEP 15


CLASS 06| THU SEP 17

  • Lecture/Demonstration: Stone Money
  • Class Discussion Stone Money Source Material
  • Task: Stone Money
    • Incorporate the lesson of Purposeful Summary
    • Use Informal In-Text Citation and References Page (APA style)

Week 4

CLASS 07| TUE SEP 22

  • Blog Mechanics
    • Navigation Tips
    • Uncategorized
    • Feedback Please
  • A Good Hypothesis
    • Essay writing is like the scientific process, designed to test hypotheses with experiments, not prove preconceptions.
    • Research is the targeted search for evidence to test a hypothesis.
    • “Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions” (not “Prove Hypothesis”) is the last step.
  • Hypothesis Illustrated
  • USAID tested the theory that direct aid to the poor would improve childhood nutrition more than trying to engineer nutrition programs for them, on the theory that the poor know what to do; they simply lack the resources.
  • Writing Workshop
    • Cows and Chips
      • This post contains lecture material, demonstrations of the “Cows and Chips” technique in action, examples of advice I have given other student authors for enlivening their posts with livestock, and the details of a simple exercise.

CLASS 08| THU SEP 24

  • A Note about the Hypothesis / Research / Thesis Process
    • Identify a Hypothesis
    • Read in the topic
    • Investigate sources
    • The purpose of assigning a Hypothesis very early in the semester was not to put you behind or thwart your progress, it was to get the ball rolling.
    • Summarize sources in your White Paper
    • Let the research alter your hypothesis
    • Develop a thesis you can prove
    • Write early drafts along the way
    • Moving forward is always the solution
    • Revise your drafts as many times as needed
    • Combine short arguments into the 3000-word Research Paper
  • Today’s New Material
  • Task: Critical Reading, PTSD Claims

Week 5

CLASS 09| TUE SEP 29

  • Research Tips
    • I Can’t Find Any Sources!
  • Writing Mechanics
  • The White Paper Task
    • White Paper First Draft
      • 5 New Sources
      • Link to sources in your White Paper
      • Sketch the Bibliographic data
      • Purposefully Summarize New Sources
      • Use Research Tips to find New Sources at Google Search or Rowan’s Campbell Library Database

CLASS 10| THU OCT 01

  • Wake up
  • Claims
    • Another look at the Claim Types list
      • Claims defined and modeled using the article “Is PTSD Contagious?” as its subject matter.
    • Link to the Lasik Surgery Claims Demonstration
      • A lecture on claims that includes a chart for applying several claims types to your own hypothesis.
  • Definition/Categorical Argument
    • Your Professor’s Model Definition Essay
      • Attempts to answer the question, “Does polio belong to the category of eradicable diseases?”
    • Model Definition/Categorical Essay
      • The editors of the New York Times defines a crucial constitutional term: protected class that deserves heightened scrutiny.

Week 6

CLASS 11| TUE OCT 06

  • Housekeeping
    • 123 Uncheck this Box
    • Linking to sources in your posts
    • Feedback please
  • Visual Rhetoric

    • Visual Rhetoric Argument
    • Visual Rhetoric, Static Image
      • The first assignment destined to end up in your Portfolio will be the Visual Rhetoric analysis. You’ll receive provisional analysis of your first draft, then post a Visual Rhetoric Rewrite, which you’ll add to your Portfolio at the end of the semester.
    • A Sample Analysis: Thai Life Insurance
      • Here we examine just 10 seconds of a 2-minute long-form commercial produced by the Thai Life Insurance company to promote the universal human good of doing small selfless gestures for others. How in the world is that supposed to sell life insurance?
    • Portfolio Assignment Visual Rhetoric Argument

CLASS 12| THU OCT 08


Week 7

CLASS 12| TUE OCT 13


CLASS 13| THU OCT 15


Week 8

CLASS 14| TUE OCT 20


CLASS 15| THU OCT 22


Week 9

CLASS 16| TUE OCT 27


CLASS 17| THU OCT 29


Week 10

CLASS 18| TUE NOV 03


CLASS 19| THU NOV 05

The Rhetoric Unit


Week 11

CLASS 20| TUE NOV 10

  • Rebuttal In-Class Workshop by Request

CLASS 21| THU NOV 12


Week 12

CLASS 22| TUE NOV 17

  • Writing Advice
    • Just Passed Scenic Views
  • Writing Center Help When You Need It
  • Prepping for the Portfolio
    • White Paper Becomes Annotated Bibliography
  • Task: Annotated Bibliography
  • Wield Your Statistics
  • Examine An Argument: Ag-Gag Laws

CLASS 23| THU NOV 19 


Week 13

CLASS 24| TUE NOV 24


  • THU NOV 26
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Week 14

CLASS 25| TUE DEC 01


CLASS 26| THU DEC 03

Portfolio Readiness Double-check

  • Open each Portfolio item in Edit one at a time.
  • For each item, check the category UsernamePortfolio, where Username is YOUR username, of course.
  • Remember to Update the item.
  • Look for your UsernamePortfolio in the blog sidebar with a number in parentheses indicating how many items it contains.
  • Your target number is 8 items.
    • (1) Self-Reflective Statement
    • (1) Research Position Paper
    • (2) Two Short Arguments (Definition, Causal, Refutation)
    • (2) The Rewrites for those Two Short Arguments
    • (1) Visual Rhetoric Rewrite
    • (1) Annotated Bibliography
  • Prof will Certify your Portfolio on WED MAY 01.
  • Your Grade Conference appointment can be Confirmed when your Portfolio is certified complete.
  • You will be dismissed.

Week 15—FINALS WEEK

CLASS 27| TUE DEC 08

Final Grade Conferences


CLASS 28| THU DEC 10

Final Grade Conferences


Final Grades

GRADES POSTED TO BANNER BY MIDNIGHT FRI DEC 11