Welcome to the Class
Tonight we will get to know each other and find out the course goals and requirements. I will go over the syllabus first, which will only be located online. I have been told by the University to conserve resources, so I will not print or photocopy anything for this class. We will use the Web and Moodle to communicate course material.
After we go over the syllabus, I’ll highlight some important dates and assignments to come. Then, we’ll get to know our classmates.
I want us to get to know one another briefly tonight. Usually, I pair you up with a neighbor and have you answer the following questions, but, tonight, talk in groups of 2 or 3 for 15 min, and then each of you will report back to class about yourself.
- Year (don’t put 2017–year in the program)
- Degree and Concentration
- Job/Future Job
- Favorite Book
- Favorite TV Show
- Favorite Movie (good movies can be found here)
- What do you expect in ENGL 6166?
- Do not say an ‘A’.
- What do you want to know about Rhetorical Theory?
- What are your educational plans?
Freewrite on “Rhetoric”
What is rhetoric? For the next 5 min, please freewrite. Consider popular and academic definitions you’ve encountered. There’s no right or wrong here.
Asimov’s “A Cult of Ignorance”
Let’s discuss the article you read for tonight. Areas to start or get to…
- Right to know
- Credibility and trust
- Reading scores
- Drop in magazine readership
- “true concept of democracy”
Why not trust the experts? Also, what’s wrong with highway signs having pictures instead of words?
There’s no class next Monday (1/16) in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please Read Plato’s Phaedrus for our next class meeting on 1/23.