Welcome to Composition 1302!


Today's Objectives

  • Brief Overview of the Course
  • Get to know each other
  • Practice Rhetorical Analysis

About You

Please put the following on your index card:

  • Your name as it appears on SAIL, and what you'd like to be called if it's something different (if I already know you, just put the name that I know you by).
  • List 3 things you want to learn in this course

About the Course

  • Where to find the syllabus
  • How to contact me
  • Making a wiki link for Daily Writing and Homework
  • Texts

History & Rhetoric

  • We're gonna take it easy for the rest of the class by watching a little video footage. You may have seen this before, but we're gonna look at it with specific goals in mind!
    • What argument is this documentary making? What is it asking us to do, think, believe, or feel?
    • What is the historical context of this video? (Why was it produced? What was going on?) Draw on your prior knowledge, then use the internet to find out other perspectives.
    • What sort of appeal does the video make: emotional? logical? Does the image use a spokesperson or a famous figure?
    • Is the rhetoric effective? Why or why not?
  • Part of your first homework will be to answer these questions. You won't be graded on the accuracy of your answer, but try to be thorough (perhaps by reviewing some of the footage as you answer them).

What is this all about?

You're conducting a rhetorical analysis (what we'll be doing for Writing Project 1)


  • Read the syllabus.
  • Read Chapter 1 in Everything's an Argument. For the rest of the semester, we'll refer to the text as EAA. If you haven't yet purchased the text, it's on reserve in the library.
  • Create a link on your Student Wiki Page and answer each of the rhetorical questions listed above. Again, you don't have to worry about being wrong or right, just try your best to be thorough.