Schedule of Classes and Topics

Introduction to the Course and the Classical Trivium
Week 1: September 4

  • Monday:In-class diagnostic

Unit 1: Logical Techniques for Writing and Analyzing Essays


Getting Started: Identifying and Describing
Week 2: September 8 & 11

  • Monday: Essay 1 (Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?) Due
  • Thursday: Essay 2 (Cow Art) Due

Can We Save That Old Cliché, “Comparing and Contrasting”?
Week 3: September 15 & 18

  • Monday: Essay 3 (Leutze vs. Rivers) Due
  • Thursday: Topic Discussion

The Limits of Knowledge: Classification Systems, Order, and Disorder
Week 4: September 22 & 25

  • Monday: Essay 4 (Emperor) Due
  • Thursday: Mandatory Revision 1 (The Writing Life) Due

Different Processes of Writing: Defining the Process and the Process of Defining
Week 5: September 29 & October 2

  • Monday: Essay 5 (Slang) Due
  • Thursday: Topic Discussion

The Chicken or the Egg? Causality, Etiology, Casuistry
Week 6: October 6 & 9

  • Monday: Essay 6 (Social Problem) Due
  • Thursday: Topic Discussion

Week 7: October 13 & 16

  • Monday: Columbus Day, University Closed
  • Thursday: Midterm

Bottoms Up! From Top Down! Reviewing Induction and Deduction
Week 8: October 20 & 23

  • Monday: Mandatory Revision 2 (Prompt) Due
  • Thursday: Topic Discussion

Unit 2: Methods of Argument


Rethinking Claims, Evidence, Thesis and Antithesis in Longer Essay Papers
Week 9: October 27 & 30

  • Monday: Topic Discussion
  • Thursday: Library Scavenger Hunt

They Say That; I Say This: Citing and Summarizing Sources
Week 10: November 3 & 6

  • Monday: Topic Discussion, the Rhetorical Uses of Evidence
  • Thursday: Essay 7 Pre-Writing Due—Claim, Annotated Bibliography, and Outline

Unit 3: Rhetorical Strategies in Longer Essay Papers


Shouldn’t Writing Be Objective: The Uses and Abuses of Bias
Week 11: November 10 &13

  • Monday: Topic Discussion
  • Thursday: Essay 7 Rough Draft Due / In-class Workshop

Where Are You Coming From? What’s Your Tone?
Week 12: November 17 & 20

  • Monday: Mandatory Revision 3 (Citation Revision)
  • Thursday: Topic Discussion

Exploring Humor, Irony, and Wit
Week 13: November 24 & 27

  • Monday: Essay 7 Due
  • Thursday: Thanksgiving Break, No Class

What Does It Matter Anyway? Our Values and Judgments in Writing
Week 14: December 1 & 4

  • Monday: Topic Discussion
  • Thursday: Essay 8, Part 1 Due

Narration as Analysis: Students Critiquing the Syllabus
Week 15: December 8

  • Monday: Essay 8 Rough Draft Due

Final Exam
Week 16: December 15-22

  • TBD: Essay 8 Due, In-class Essay.
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License