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Corbett, Edward P.J. & Robert Conners. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. 4th ed. Oxford UP, Oxford.

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A study of ancient rhetorical traditions and their applications. Students will learn classical approaches to the arts of persuasion and apply them in reading and writing contemporary discourse.


Your final grade in this course will be based on the following:

Formal Assignments50%
Service Project/Add't Research20%
Weekly Journals10%

Your journal responses MUST be emailed to me by NOON each Thursday. These responses will take many forms, so you'll need to be flexible and responsive to the topic and assignment. I do not expect journal responses to look like planned, finished papers--they are places to explore and experiment with language and ideas. Effort, practice, and engagement will bring long-term results by improving your writing.

Your writing projects will also vary in form and content. I will provide some guidelines and due dates, but rhetors must always be able to make choices that are situation dependent. Therefore, you will be responsible for defining your own topic, determining the most appropriate audience to address, and deciding what form your writing should take. You should expect that your writing projects will involve audiences outside of the class, that you will submit your writings to these audiences, and that responses from outside audiences may influence your grade. There will be four writing projects.

Writing projects may be resubmitted for a new grade, as negotiated with me on a case-by-case basis. Be sure to negotiate BEFORE you resubmit.

No credit will be given for ANY work submitted late, without prior approval from the instructor.


Plan to attend class each time it meets. This class is not a lecture class that can be made up by borrowing someone's notes. The work we do in class is an essential part of the course. If you must miss class because of a genuine emergency, it is your responsibility to contact me to find out what you missed.

More than 2 unexcused absences and 5 excused absences will result in a failing grade.

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