Week 10 overview

WRIT 1122 concludes this week. Peer review of portfolio memos is due M 11/14 and  your final portfolio is due W 11/16 (or earlier).

As I’ve done all quarter long with your WPs, I will read and respond to your final portfolio within a week. Once I’ve done so, I’ll post your grade in Canvas.

After you submit your portfolio, please take a few minutes and complete the course evaluation. And then go up to the mountains!

Thank you for your hard work this quarter.

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Week 9 overview

Nice work completing peer review of WP3. Your revised WP3 is due on Monday. Be sure to double check your memo formatting, identify one person as your audience in the To: line, incorporate the elements of the Rogerian argument, and please submit your self-evaluation along with the WP3. Then, we’ll focus on the final portfolio. The draft of your portfolio memo is due on Friday. As you work on your portfolio memo, you’ll want to think about which model of argumentation (Aristotelian, Toulmin, or Rogerian) will best suit your audience (the DU Writing Program Faculty) and your purpose.

Thank you.

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Week 8 overview

We have a few more readings this week (Doumont, the sample WP3s, and the memo format handout), and then we’ll focus on your drafts and peer review for WP#3.  As you brainstorm your topic, think broadly about your life and the organizations that you’re a part of. Certainly, you’re all DU students, so you might find an exigency as a student. But also think about the other aspects of your life, like your job, or student organizations or civic groups of which you’re a member. Then find a problem, which if solved, will improve the institution as a whole. If you’re struggling to come up with a topic, email me. As you write your memo, be sure to follow the Rogerian model, starting the memo by finding common ground with your audience.


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Week 7 overview

Good work completing WP2! We turn our attention to a new style of argumentation, the Rogerian model, one that is very different from the previous models. For WP3 you’ll locate a problem in your professional life, identify the appropriate professional audience (one person who has the power to do something about the problem, like your boss) and locate common ground and a shared problem impacts both you and the audience, and then present an argument in memo format. The Week 7 readings and discussion post focus on the Rogerian model. As you brainstorm possible topics for your WP3, feel free to email me if you have some questions. Thanks.

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Week 6 overview

We focus on Writing Project #2 this week. As you write your draft, remember your op-ed should not read like an academic essay for psychology class. It’s for the general public.

Drafts of WP#2 are due Tuesday, peer review is due Thursday, and your revised WP#2 is due Friday with a completed self-evaluation.

For peer review, read and respond to both of your group members. If one of your group members hasn’t posted a draft, read and respond to a different colleague’s draft. See Canvas/Modules/Week 6 for more.

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Week 5 overview

We’ll continue to read and analyze more examples of op-ed articlesWe’ll also consider some advice on how to write op-eds from Duke U. As you read, be thinking about your topic for WP#2, which is due in Week 6. If you’re debating a few different topics, feel free to email me and we can discuss your choices.

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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 youth activism articles about 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, The Structured Argument chapter 1 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. 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 to complete assignments 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 website: 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 am happy to meet with you individually over Zoom – please just email me and we can set up an appointment.
  • 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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