Week 4 overview

WP#1 is due on Monday, along with a completed self-evaluation. Submit as a single MS word document in Canvas. We’ll begin working on WP#2 this week, which will be an op-ed (opinion-editorial) written to a public audience using the Toulmin model of argument. We’ll read some example op-eds, as well as material on the Toulmin model, and Rose’s helpful piece “Writing for the Public.” You’ll want to begin to brainstorm your topic for WP#2. Please, don’t write about the death penalty, abortion, gun control, or legalizing drugs. Pick something more original. Thanks.

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Week 3 overview

We continue with the climate crisis this week, reading two more articles about youth activism and two handouts. Complete drafts of WP#1 are due on Weds, peer review on Friday, and then your revised WP#1 is due next Monday. As you write the draft, WCA Chapter 4 will help with your refutation, the claims machine handout will strengthen your claim, the working with sources handout and Purdue OWL will help with source use and MLA citations – and remember that you should rely on course readings to support your argument. Be wary of online “sources of convenience” (i.e. convenient google search websites with little academic backing or very short news articles) which are not persuasive with WP #1’s academic audience. For strong additional sources, look for peer reviewed academic articles. The DU library’s Compass search engine will help with that. For your drafts, I encourage you to sign up for an appointment at the Writing Center.

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Week 2 overview

This week, we’ll continue our research into the climate crisis, reading a variety of sources. These articles will form the backbone of your research for WP#1, so as you read, you’ll want to be thinking about WP#1, and the focus of the argument you want to make.

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Welcome and Week 1

Greetings and welcome to WRIT 1122!

I hope each of you is doing well in these times of the pandemic. I’ve been teaching online courses at DU since 2011, which I mention because, as you know, this section of WRIT 1122 will be conducted online this quarter.

This announcement will provide an overview of the course, the workload, and the logistics of the course. Please read it closely.

This online section of WRIT 1122 is an asynchronous course, which means that we won’t meet as a class over Zoom, but rather that you’ll have relative flexibility while meeting the weekly assignment deadlines. I will communicate with you through email, and we will use the course website and Canvas to complete the work. On the course website, you will find the weekly overview, the syllabus, the weekly schedule, and the major assignments. Please read these materials first, and closely.

In Canvas, the course is organized by weekly Modules.  So, go to Canvas/Modules/Week 1 for this week’s material. Each week’s Module will contain that week’s work.  You’ll also find the readings, the discussion posts, the grade book, and so forth, and you’ll also submit your WPs in Canvas.

We will hit the ground running. As you’ll see, week 1 will introduce you to the rhetorical situation, and you’ll begin working on the unit on the climate crisis for Writing Project #1. For Week 1, note that you have several assignments due: two discussion posts, and multiple readings, including the course materials.

A few notes on logistics:

  • Do this now: Log in to Canvas, go to Account (left column) and then click on Notifications. Set the following to Notify Me Right Away: Announcements, Submission Comment, and all three options under Conversation. You’ll receive immediate email notifications for activity in these areas. You should also make sure that your email linked in Canvas is the one you actually use.
  • Your success in the course depends on your ability to work independently and to read closely the materials I provide. Get in the habit of reading everything I email and post on Canvas and the blog: it’s there for a reason.
  • If you ever need to contact me, please use email and I will respond within 48 hours (and probably much quicker than that).
  • I will put our course materials up on the course website and Canvas weekly. When notified, you should read the weekly overview on the course website and then work through the materials in that week’s Canvas module. If you set your notifications correctly, you’ll receive an email when I’ve done so.
  • Not everyone has high speed wifi, particularly those of you with younger siblings and family members also using the wifi at the same time. For this reason, the course will be asynchronous and won’t feature videos of me talking at you. That said, I will hold optional Zoom conferences periodically and I’m happy to schedule individual zoom meetings when you have questions that can’t be handled over email.
  • Don’t expect to receive individual reminders about deadlines or late or missing work. I won’t hold your hand.

I am looking forward to the quarter and I hope you are too. Let me know if you have questions.

Yours sincerely,

Brad Benz

 

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