Thursday, October 24, 2013

AGENDA 10/24

Introduce Photo Essay Assignment

Discussion over previous days' seminar texts

HW: Read "5 Photo Essay Tips" by Christina Dickson and "5 Types of Photos that Make for Strong Photo Essays, Audio Slideshows" by Keith Jenkins and come to class tomorrow with clarifying questions about the assignment.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

AGENDA 10/22

Fallacies Quiz

HW: (Start when quiz is finished) Begin to annotate and prep for discussion tomorrow:
"The Culture of Thin Bites Fiji"
"Globalization of Beauty Makes Slimness Trendy"
"Turning Boys into Girls: How Men's Magazines Are Making Guys as Neurotic, Insecure, and Obsessive about Their Appearance as Women" (NOTE: this link is only to the first part of the article--the site requires a 7 day free trial to view the rest, and I am not responsible for any fees or legal quandaries that may result. I gave out the essay in class that students should refer to first.)

Prep by doing 3-2-1-1 or reflecting on some of these Critical Questions:

  • What is the author's claim? What occasion might have prompted the author to consider these ideas? Was there anything in the news around this time that is relevant?
  • What is the genre of the piece? What limitations might genre place on this text?
  • What biases or values seem to be present?
  • What is missing from the argument, that would make the argument fuller or richer?
  • What does the text reveal about power, gender, class, or race?
  • When was the text written? To what extent have circumstances changed?
  • Who is the intended audience for the text? How do you know?

Friday, October 18, 2013

AGENDA 10/18

Grammar: Pronoun Ambiguity 11.3
Review Logical Fallacies Practice #2
View the following commercials and discuss the primary fallacy the commercial employs:

Miller Lite: "Skinny Jeans" 
Little Caesar's: "No Rules!" 
Axe Body Spray: "Billions"
Fancy Feast: "A Love Story" 
AT&T: "Postcards" 
SoCal Honda: "Helpful: Lesson"
Verizon: "Easy Choice 2.0"
5 Hour Energy: "Debut Album"
Allstate: "Mayhem: Cleaning Lady"

Extra Credit Opportunity: Comment below and include a YouTube link to a commercial or short scene from a TV show or film. Identify the fallacy and explain the errors in reasoning or manipulation (just like we have in class). If you don't have a Gmail account, you can email the link and explanation to me at If multiple people submit the same clip, I'll give extra credit to the first person only.

HW: Study for Monday's Fallacies Quiz!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

AGENDA 10/15

Finish Understanding Fallacies PowerPoint -
Cloze notes for PowerPoint

Begin work on Logical Fallacies Practice #1 in small groups

HW: Independent reading - 500 pages by 11/6. Finish Logical Fallacies Practice #1 if not finished in class. Keep amassing interesting magazine ads, especially ads that feature gender roles or images of beauty that are either traditional or surprising.

Monday, October 14, 2013

AGENDA 10/14

Gallery Walk: Examine rhetorical appeals in magazine advertisements
Part I of Understanding Fallacies PowerPoint - stop @ Ethical Fallacies
Cloze notes for PowerPoint

HW: Independent reading - 500 pages by 11/6. Keep amassing interesting magazine ads, especially ads that feature gender roles or images of beauty that are either traditional or surprising.

Friday, October 11, 2013

AGENDA 10/11

Grammar Practice: Pronoun Case 11.2
PPT Notes: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
Handout for notes

HW: Bring an advertisement and be prepared to discuss the rhetorical appeals present in it--what claims to emotions, facts or statistics, or trust does the ad present?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AGENDA 10/10

Timed rhetorical analysis essay - Abbey prompt

HW: Independent reading

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Rhetorical Analysis essay prep:
Here's my full sample essay on the "Owls" prompt
...and here's a full student essay from last year (this was *really* written in 40 minutes during class...I just had a TA type it up!)

HW: Independent reading, and prepare for tomorrow's timed essay.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Continue to prepare rhetorical analysis essay for the Mary Oliver "Owls" passage--create and share FATT claim and then split into small groups to write a body paragraph.
Claim frames that we came up with in class today

Refer to Learning Objectives sheet for Rhetorical Analysis

Here is my sample body paragraph on rhetorical questions that demonstrates Learning Objectives R6-R10.

HW: Write a body paragraph using any technique other than rhetorical questions. Be prepared to share your paragraph for class critique tomorrow. Use my sample to help you.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Begin to explore the Learning Objectives for Rhetorical Analysis Essays using 2001 Mary Oliver "Owls" prompt

Start with R1, R2, R3:

R1: Turn the prompt into a series of questions you can answer, e.g.:
What techniques does Oliver use?
What is her attitude towards nature?
How is that attitude/response complex? What makes her response complex?

R2: What words contribute to tone? (these can create diction patterns...remember to characterize word choices as diction of ______ or ______ diction)

R3: What patterns or techniques do you notice? Which ones are most important or crucial?

HW: Independent reading - complete conference over 500 additional pages by 11/6.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Grammar: Pronoun Case 11.1
Discussion over Klinkenborg's "Our Vanishing Night," Steinbeck's "Americans and the Land," and Walkowicz's "Look Up for a Change"

HW: Independent reading. Review texts as needed for additional discussion on Monday.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Independent reading SSR - 15 minutes (and book conferences)
Work with a partner - create 3-2-1-1 for John Steinbeck's "Americans and the Land"

HW: Finish preparing 3-2-1-1 if not finished in class, for tomorrow's discussion over John Steinbeck's "Americans and the Land." Complete 500 pages of independent reading before Thursday, 10/3.