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November 28, 2005

Links for finding Speeches

Here are a couple of links for finding speeches online. They are all American speechs, looks like, but still very useful!

Douglass Archives of American Public Address

American Rhetoric

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November 18, 2005

Nov & Dec Schedule

As we've discussed in class, the only real firm dates on this schedule are the paper dates. The readings will get pushed back / eliminated as necessary.

PDF link

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October 21, 2005

Peer Workshop Handout

Here is a pdf of the peer workshop handout I gave everybody for the last round. I think it would be a good idea for you to re-read the first page before you begin commenting on your peer's drafts.

Click here to view the pdf

Posted by bohn0025 at 7:41 AM | Course Logistics

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October 7, 2005

Commenting

Just a quick note to say that I've moved up the list of categories on the righthand sidebar. When you'd like to take a look at the Website Analyses (and the ones that are up already are looking pretty interesting), you can just click on that category to find them all quickly and easily.

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October 5, 2005

Paper Two

Here is a pdf copy of our second paper assignment. Link

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October 3, 2005

Website Analysis

Your assignment is to choose a unique website (by “unique” I mean one that has not already been analyzed by another student) and closely read it. Your goal should be to look at the site as a whole and answer the question “Who is the audience and what does the website purport to do for its audience?

More in the full entry

You will post your analysis to our class blog. You will also need to post at least one comment on another person's post. These posts should be placed in the "Website Analysis" category.

Websites have rhetorical strategies that are not available to more traditional print media. In our papers, we are able to consider style, argument, diction, organization, and a host of other issues that we’ve already discussed. A website, however, can manipulate these strategies using more than just the words written on the site. There are other considerations that affect how it is received by its audience, including:

You might want to think of this assignment as a "mini-paper." You will be arguing for a thesis that is specific (it answers the question of the assignment), substantive (it makes a real claim about the site's audience or purpose), debatable (the claim is something that you can defend and could be argued), and assertive (it's not wishy-washy about who the audience is or what the site does). Your thesis ought to be backed up by evidence - most likely an analysis of some of the site's charactistics as listed above.

But it is only meant to be a mini-paper. It should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 300-500 words. Your post should be up by October 14th, and you should have commented on another's post by October 19th. Note: the earlier your post, the more likely you'll be able to analyze your favorite site. No dupes!

One last thing to consider: your second paper is "An argument about writing technology." Since we're defining "technology" very broadly, this could be about any technology you can think of - from grammar to books to, yes, websites. It's perfectly ok to use this assignment as a jumping-off point for your next paper.

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October Schedule

here's a copy of our October Schedule, in PDF format.

Schedule

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September 12, 2005

Paper 1

Here is a pdf of our first paper assignment.

Paper One

Posted by bohn0025 at 10:58 AM | Course Logistics

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Syllabus

here's a copy of our syllabus, in PDF format.

Syllabus

Posted by bohn0025 at 10:57 AM | Course Logistics

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