Calendar

Below is an overview of our weekly goals and due dates. Underneath each date is the work you must have prepared when you arrive to class.

WEEK 1

M – 1/13 – Introductions to course & each other.

W – 1/15 – Course Q & A. Introduction to Rhetoric & Composition: The Agora, Aristotle, and his Appeals.
HW: Print and review the syllabus. Bring it in your CB binder. From now on, you are responsible for having your CB at all class sessions.

F – 1/17 – The Canons of Rhetoric. Introduce Warm-Up Essay. Invention.
HW: Read and prepare Bizzell and Herzberg (through p.32, to the end of the Aristotle section).

WEEK 2

M – 1/20 – NO SCHOOL. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

W – 1/22 – Invention & Discussion.
HW: Prepare Olson’s “Introduction to Rhetoric,” Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave, and Schwartz & Sharpe’s “What Hairdressers Can Teach Us about Practical Wisdom.”

F – 1/24 – From Invention to Arrangement.
HW: Prepare the Stanford entry on Epistemology, excerpt from Ch. 1: Modes of Knowledge, and the Bogaev interview. Prepare Sheridan Baker Thesis Handout. Bring possible thesis idea, and Points-to-Make list.
[Final Day to Register or Add Classes.]

WEEK 3

M – 1/27 – From Invention to Arrangement.
HW: Open Invitation to send Schiler your thesis by 9:00am.  Revise thesis according to Sheridan Baker format; use Cicero’s arrangement principles to structure two possible outlines.

W – 1/29 – Arrangement, and a little bit of Style.
HW: Bring your thesis, Points-to-Make list, 12 minute freewrite, and 12 Topoi questions/answers.

F – 1/31 – Peer Review.
HW: Bring Rough Draft of minimum 2 full pages.

WEEK 4

M – 2/3 – Warm-Up Essay Due. Introduce Unit #1.

W – 2/5 – Discussion of Encomium of Helen.
HW: Read Gorgias’ Encomium.

F – 2/7 – Discussion of Against the Sophists.
HW: Read Gorgias’ Against the Sophists; also the rest of Bizzell & Herzberg.

WEEK 5

M – 2/10 – Discussion of Gorgias: Gorgias and Polus.
HW: Read first half of Plato’s Gorgias.

W – 2/12 – Discussion of Gorgias: from Callicles to the end.
HW: Read second half of Plato’s Gorgias.

F – 2/14 – Discussion of Aristotle. Invention.
HW: Read Aristotle’s On Rhetoric, Book I: Parts 1-3, Parts 7-8. Book II: Parts 1-3, 12-15.

WEEK 6

M – 2/17 – Further Discussion on Aristotle. Invention.
HW: Read Book III, Parts 1-2, Part 5, Part 12.

W – 2/19 – Arrangement.
HW: Open Invitation to send Schiler your thesis by Tuesday, 7:00pm.  Thesis & Points-to-Make list.

F – 2/21 – Conferences. [Regular Class Canceled.]
HW: For Conferences, please bring at least 2 completed Invention exercises.
11:00 – Jennifer
11:20 – Eric
11:40 – Sienna
11:50 – Chloe
1:30 – Aubrie

WEEK 7

M – 2/24 – Style & the Progymnasmata. Templates pdf can be found here.
HW: Bring Thesis & 2 Body Paragraphs.
1:30 – Madelyn
2:00 – Sylvia
2:20 – Angela
2:40 – Grace
3:00 – London
4:00 – Selena
4:20 – Jordan

W – 2/ 26 – Peer Review of Rough Drafts.
HW: Review Mark Hiller’s “A Brief Summary…”  Bring a rough draft, min. 4 pages.

F – 2/28 – Unit #1 Final Draft Due. Introduce Unit #2, the Dinner Party, and Phaedrus’ speech.

WEEK 8

M – 3/3 – Snow Day.  Class Cancelled.  

W – 3/5 – Discuss Phaedrus, Pausanias, and Erixymachus’ speech.
HW: Read through the end of Erixymachus’ speech.

F – 3/7 – Discuss Aristophanes’ & Agathon’s speech.  Some Invention.
HW: Read through the end of Agathon’s speech.

WEEK 9

M – 3/10 – Discuss Socrates’ & Alcibiades’ speech.
HW: Have your Annotations available for my perusal in class. Read through the end of the Symposium.

W – 3/12 – Other Loves.  Invention.
HW: Bring possible source for love. Bring 2 completed invention activities.

F – 3/14 – Invention & Arrangement. Arrangement Variations.
HW: Bring possible thesis and a Points-to-Make list.

WEEK 10

M – 3/17 – NO SCHOOL * SPRING BREAK.

W – 3/19 – NO SCHOOL * SPRING BREAK.

F – 3/21 – NO SCHOOL * SPRING BREAK.

WEEK 11

M – 3/24 – Conferences in WC263A. [Regular Class Canceled.]
11:00 – Madeline
11:20 – Sylvia
11:40 – Chloe
12:00 – Eric
3:00 – London
4:00 – Selena
4:20 – Jordan
5:15 – Aubrie

T – 3/27 – 12:30 – Sienna

W – 3/26 – Style & Paragraph Review. [Kyle Stedman’s “Annoying Ways…” can be found here.]
HW: Bring 3 body paragraphs, preferably consecutive ones.
2:00 – Angela
3:00 – Grace

F – 3/28 – Rough Draft Peer Review.
HW: Bring a rough draft (min. 4 pages).
[Final Day to Drop Course.]
11:50 – Jennifer

WEEK 12

M – 3/31 – Unit #2 Final Draft Due. Introduce Unit #3. Watch West interview.

W – 4/2 – Discuss Plato & Aristotle*. HW: Read and prepare Plato and Aristotle*. Note: Within the Plato excerpt, you are only responsible for reading up until the jury condemns Socrates. Read all of the Aristotle on the page linked; no need to click through to the full text.]

F – 4/4 – Discuss Epicurus* & Epictetus*.
HW: Read and prepare Epicurus and Epictetus (you are only responsible for reading through ch. XVII). Bring your index card with 3 comments: 1 on Aristotle, 1 on Epicurus, 1 on Epictetus. Good comments might be a key quote, or a particular spot in the text you want to respond to, or a question for clarification.

WEEK 13

M – 4/7 – Discuss Cicero & Quintilian*.
HW: Read and prepare Cicero (Book V: XVII, XXVIII) and Quintilian (Book 2, chapter 20 & 21).

W – 4/9 – Discuss Myers &Grayling &amp.

F – 4/11 – Discuss Cziksentmihalyi.

WEEK 14

M – 4/14 – Invention.
HW: Bring a freewrite and one other piece of Invention (Topoi, Pentad, Fact/Idea, etc.)

W – 4/16 – Arrangement Variations.
HW: Bring a possible thesis, and a Points-to-Make list.

F – 4/18 – Paragraph & Style Workshop.
HW: Bring a minimum of 5 paragraphs.

WEEK 15

M – 4/21 – CONFERENCES.
11:00 – Selena
11:20 – Sylvia
11:40 – Madeline

T – 4/22
12:20 – Jordan
1:00 – Chloe
1:20 – Aubrie
3:00 – Sienna

W – 4/23 – Rough Draft Peer Review.
HW: Bring a rough draft of at least 7 pages.
12:00 – Eric
1:40 – Angela
2:00 – Grace
3:10 – Jennifer

F – 4/25 – Unit#3 Final Draft Due. Introduction of Final Portfolio.

WEEK 16

M – 4/28 – Composing Your Character.

W – 4/30 – Revise & Review.
[Attendance is Optional.]

F – 5/2 – Last day of Class.