Class Notes for Week One and Week Two

Week One Notes:

  • Domain Name from “gsucreate”: jordan.johnson.
  • Our English blog will use WordPress.
  • To edit, click on the URL on the dashboard with “admin” at the end.
  • To see what the viewer sees, click on the first URL on the dashboard. *This is the format that needs to be sent to Dr. Wharton.*
  • Can access from both the “gsucreate” dashboard as well as from WordPress. (The first option is probably the easiest.)
  • Complete “Syllabus and Course Info Quiz” and schedule a conference with Dr. Wharton to receive points!
  • No class on Monday, January 16th.
  • Check website to see what’s due for next week.
  • Reading response due February 3rd.

Week Two Notes:

  • Try to finish reading response by January 30th for XC.
  • (The following are notes from the textbook. The citation will be at the bottom of this post.)
  • “Rhetoric is a persuasive language act” and can be in the form of “speech, written texts, or images” (Lopez 2).
  • We use rhetoric every day and in lots of different situations.
  • Rhetoric was an important feature in Ancient Greece.
  • There are three categories used to describe arguments: 1) “make a point”, 2) “aims to persuade”, 3) “tries to find common ground” (Lopez 12).
  • “Aristotle’s Three Appeals”:
    • Ethos- appeal to speaker’s “character or credibility”
    • Pathos- appeal to emotion
    • Logos- appeal to “reasoning and evidence” (Lopez 13).
  • There’s also Kairos, which “considers the time, place, audience, topic and other aspects of the occasion for writing or speaking” (Lopez 14).
  • Rhetoric is important in the academic setting (ex: movie responses in the book).
  • “The Burkean Parlor” is used to explain or illustrate how to become a part of the academic conversation. More specifically, you must first listen and do research to understand the topic before contributing. Next, you may add your own viewpoint. Others may agree or disagree, but that’s just a part of the academic conversation.
  • Collaborating with peers may help acclimate students to join academic conversations.
  • “…rhetoric effectively gives you the power to control your communication -both incoming and outgoing- and to affect your environment in a positive way.” (Lopez 28).
  • There are also visual aspects to rhetoric (ex: judge’s collar).
  • Work Cited:
    • Lopez, Elizabeth, Angela M. Christie, and Kristen Ruccio. Guide to First-Year Writing. 5th ed., Georgia State University Department of English and Fountainhead Press, 2016.

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