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Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetoric and Composition
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Critical Thinking in Global Challenges About the Course Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions. This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. The relevant background information for each global challenge will be provided to ensure that you can complete the exercises. Subtitles for all video lectures available: Portuguese (provided by the Lemann Foundation), English Course Format The course contains lectures, quizzes and exercises. This is a basic, informal and very pragmatic course, which focuses on getting you to think rationally and critically about evidence, and does not attempt to teach you about logic, reasoning and knowledge in a formal way.

Rhetoric and Composition/Rhetorical Analysis Overview of Rhetorical Analysis[edit] A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS REFERS TO THE PROCESS OF ANALYZING A TEXT, GIVEN SOURCE OR ARTIFACT. The text, source, or artifact may be in written form or in some different sort of communication. The goal of a rhetorical analysis is to take into consideration the purpose, audience, genre, stance, and media/design of the given rhetorical situation. In other words, the analysis explores not only what everything means in the given source (content), but also why the author wrote about it (the purpose), who the author is (background), how the piece was organized (structure), where and/or when it was published (forum), and the intended message conveyed to the audience (topic). A rhetorical analysis is one of the more challenging assignments in any writing class. The PURPOSE of a rhetorical analysis is to engage in critical thinking with the intention of effectively communicating an intended message to a predetermined audience. Critical Reading[edit] To explain?

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing. Delete the word “that.” At least 90% of the times you use the word “that” can be removed from your writing and it will instantly make your sentence stronger. Example: “You believe that I’m lying, but I’m not.” becomes “You believe I’m lying, but I’m not.” Delete the words “I think.” It adds nothing. Example: “I think this is a good sentence.” becomes “This is a good sentence.” Avoid words that end in “-ing.” In most cases, the “-ing” softens your word and adds no value. Example: “The experiences we’re seeking end up being underwhelming and even disappointing.” becomes “The experiences we seek often underwhelm and disappoint.” Short sentences. Most sentences can be cut in half. Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences. White space is your reader’s friend.

Open content The logo on the screen in the subject's left hand is a Creative Commons license, while the paper in his right hand explains that the image is open content. History[edit] Originally, the Open content concept was invented by Michael Stutz, who in 1994 wrote the paper "Applying Copyleft to Non-Software Information" for the GNU Project. The "Open Content" term was later evangelized via the Open Content Project by David A. It has since come to describe a broader class of content without conventional copyright restrictions. Although open content has been described as a counterbalance to copyright,[4] open content licenses rely on a copyright holder's power to license their work, similarly as copyleft which also utilizes copyright for such a purpose. In 2003 Wiley announced that the Open Content Project has been succeeded by Creative Commons and their licenses, where he joined as "Director of Educational Licenses".[5][6] "Open content" definition[edit] The term since shifted in meaning.

English Grammar (Wikibooks) This Wikibook is designed to teach standard English Grammar as taught in English-speaking countries. Although the English page has a separate section for grammar, it seems harder to follow if you are using it for self study or classroom use. If you plan on taking a course for grammar, this resource may help. The layout and structure is based upon the 1963 edition of Warriner's English Grammar and Composition, but does not use any resources or text derived from that resource. Contents[edit] Related books[edit] Greek and Roman Mythology About the Course Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? Course Syllabus Week 1: Homer, epic poetry, and Trojan legends Week 2: Heroes and suffering Week 3: This World and other ones Week 4: Identity and signs Week 5: Gods and humans Week 6: Religion and ritual Week 7: Justice Week 8: Unstable selves Week 9: Writing myth in history Week 10: From myths to mythology Recommended Background No special background is needed other than the willingness and ability to synthesize complex texts and theoretical material. In-course Textbooks Suggested Readings Greek Tragedies, Vol.

What Is Rhetoric? Rhetoric has many definitions, and in today's society it can have negative connotations. That is why it may be confusing to you when you see that your English class is called "Composition and Rhetoric" in high school or college. Rhetoric can refer to exaggerated or inflated talk, much like that which we hear in political speeches. That is because rhetoric refers to the art of persuasion through carefully crafted words. Rhetoric can be used as a pejorative term because it suggests that the speaker (or writer) is using words falsely, instead of using "plain talk" to convey something. On the other hand, crafted words don't have to be false words. In literature, rhetoric is what convinces you to feel a certain way about a topic. The study of rhetoric goes back to ancient Greece, when speakers began to practice the art of persuasion in courts of law.

Welcome to Awareness Magazine, Southern California's Guide to Conscious Living The Language of the Birds Coming Into Resonance with Mother Earth as We Speak (and Write) By Laurel Airica Speak a new language so the world will be a new world.” — Rumi A concept that has gone in and out of fashion among linguists for decades is that words affect perceptions. So, what would you do if you knew that the words in your mind-mouth-ears — and throughout the at-most-fear — were literally ‘bugged?’ As one who has spent a lifetime playing in the magical undercurrent of word symbols and sounds, I have come to the conclusion that English is largely a fear-based language of limitation and persuasion toward conformity and mediocrity. Betrayed By Our Own Tongue “The Women say the language you speak poisons your glottis tongue palate lips. Consider the sad ring of ‘mourning’ that greets us each new day as we come ‘a wake’ from our nightly immersion in our personal Life’s Dream. What a somber vision of a fallen life such words conjure together when shown in trance-lation. “…. 1 See Dr.

How to write a novel In this article I will discuss how to write a novel. (Articles Index) I'm currently putting together a how-to book containing updated and revised editions of all my articles on writing and publishing, plus a lot of new material. If you'd like to know more, follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter I wrote three novels before I got a nibble from a publisher, so how did I keep myself motivated, pushing myself to finish each one without any guarantee my work would ever see the light of day? There's no secret sauce, I'm afraid - it very much depends on your personality and how determined you are to see things through to the bitter end. Only five or ten percent of those who start writing a novel actually finish the first draft, and while I don't consider myself an expert I can at least share my experience. Skills - First things first. Fortunately writers don't have to pay for our education. Practice - I once considered retelling a favourite book just to get an idea of the level of detail needed.

American Enlightenment, 1760s-1820s (Wikibooks) The French and Indian War, which began in 1754, served its purpose in making the colonists feel that they were one people. At this time most of them were living on the seacoast from Georgia to Maine, and had not yet even crossed the great Appalachian range of mountains. The chief men of one colony knew little of the leaders in the other colonies. This war made George Washington known outside of Virginia. The French and Indian War, which decided whether France or England was to be supreme in America, exposed the colonists to a common danger. All of the colonies had been under English rule, although they had in large part managed in one way or another to govern themselves. Freneau, a poet of the Revolution, thus expresses in verse some of these events: "When a certain great king, whose initial is G, Shall force stamps upon paper and folks to drink tea; When these folks burn his tea and stampt paper like stubble, You may guess that this king is then coming to trouble." "Mr.

Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode Image courtesy of Mathias Lux Course Description Course Objectives The purpose of this course is to help you implement the critical reading and thinking skills and strategies necessary to the practice of persuasive research writing. Because the focus of this class is the process of learning how to argue effectively on paper, you will have the opportunity to develop an awareness of audience by writing multiple drafts, which will include well-documented, credible research sources. Back to top Attendance & Participation English 2010 is designed to help you become adept at the process of writing. I. II. III. Develop a working bibliography Broaden, narrow, or deepen a search as needed Learn where to look for material: the library, the Internet, experts.... IV. V. VI. VII. VIII.

Examples of Rhetorical Devices in Famous Speeches Alphabetically, by device: Alliteration/Assonance “Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, ‘Give me a challenge, and I'll meet it with joy.’” -Ronald Reagan- The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tragedy Address Former President Reagan uses alliteration to highlight the spirit of the seven that died on the “Challenger”. His alliteration captures the audience’s attention and makes that statement more memorable. Allusion “There's a coincidence today. Here, former President Reagan uses an allusion to reference the “Challenger” crew to Sir Francis Drake. Amplification “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms, and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Analogy Anaphora “We'll continue our quest in space. Antithesis - Languages and Alphabets What follows is a listing of articles that reproduce previously unpublished notes and essays by Tolkien concerning his invented languages and alphabets. They started to appear in significant numbers in the 1980s, and in recent years have formed the bulk of the newly published writings by Tolkien. Further details of the contents of the journals and can be found on the website of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. Details of unpublished and "slightly published" manuscripts can be found on the website, although please be aware that this site has not been updated for several years. Tolkien Journal. Quettar. Quettar. Parma Eldalamberon. Beyond Bree. Mythlore. Beyond Bree. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Parma Eldalamberon. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Mythlore. The Library of Richard Manney. 1991. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Mythlore. Vinyar Tengwar. Basic Quenya. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Vinyar Tengwar. Top