Week 3

This week is about multimodal composition.  Your assignments this week will test your ability to apply your understanding of rhetoric and argument using different media and modes.  If you are not a geek, nerd, techy, or otherwise a friend of the digital, do not panic.  Just ask me questions, and I will answer.  However, you will find it easier just to dive in and take some chances.  That’s what college is for, after all.

I want to point out that the “Participation” part of this week is a bit more extensive than the previous two weeks.  Just keep that in mind as you work on your own projects.

Feel free to start on Learning Module 3 as soon as possible.

Week 2

Welcome to week 2.  The writing assignments in week 2 are a bit more difficult because you are going to be moving into some potentially novel rhetorical situations.  On top of that, you will be applying and writing about something that will be new to many of you–rhetoric.  As I will say a few times, rhetoric is the art of persuasive communication.  There are a few definitions of rhetoric as you will see on the PowerPoint I prepared for you; however, the one that I have found most useful is the art of persuasive communication, where “art” actually means “technique” or skill (from the Middle French art, ca. 1000 AD).

For this week, just go to Learning Module 2 at the Schedule and get started.  I would encourage you to get done early–the dates are there as a guide, so don’t feel like you have to wait (in fact, I would strongly suggest that you begin thinking about Essay 2 starting as soon as possible).

As always, email me with any questions you have.

Welcome to WRIT 1122

Welcome to WRIT 1122 Rhetoric and Academic Writing.  I’m your professor, Richard Colby.  You can address me by Richard or Dr. Colby or Professor Colby–I’m not too picky about formalities of address.  If you want to know more about posting to the blog, you can visit the Resources page.

Here’s a brief introduction video for you: