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    English 102 is designed to immerse you in college-level critical reading, essay writing and research. At the outset of this course, you will select a research topic (a controversy for which there are multiple arguments beyond pro-con, yes-no) about which you will research and write for the duration of the semester. Each paper and secondary assignment is designed to take you through the process of discovery, analysis and research on a given topic.

    Course Syllabus

    Assignment Descriptions


    Rhetoric Summary

    Argument Examples

    Helpful Links:

    Verbs of attribution

    MLA Documentation

    EH 102 Calendar

    EA=Everything’s An Argument

    F= Food

    Jan. 8- Course materials

    HW: Read EA Chapter 5 “Thinking Rhetorically”; “Why Bother” from New York Times (2008):


    Jan. 13- Refresher on Rhetorical Principles

    HW: Read EA Chapter 14 “Visual Arguments”

    Jan. 15- Analyzing visual arguments in print and television

    HW: Read Handout 1 (ANGEL); F pp. 141-151 “Attention Whole Foods Shoppers”


    Jan. 20- no class (MLK holiday)

    Jan. 22- Academic arguments, finding and mapping a controversy’s positions; discuss readings

    HW: EA Chapter 16 “Academic Arguments”; F pp. 151-167 “Fear Factories”  


    Jan. 27- More argument mapping; discuss readings

    HW:  EA Chapter 18 “Evaluating Sources”; Read Chapter 21 “Documenting Sources”

    Jan. 29- Using the Library’s resources in research; Documenting sources in MLA, APA, etc.

    HW: Complete Research Summary 1; Read handout 2 (ANGEL)


    Feb. 3- Research Summary 1 due; “They Say”; Food, Inc.

    Feb. 5- Food, Inc.; discuss film

    HW: Read EA Chapter 19 “Using Sources”; F “Day 1 Recipe 1” (p. 45-62); F pp. 29-33 “Tasteless”


    Feb. 10- Intellectual Property Use; Food as life/identity


    Feb. 12- no class (cancellation due to weather)

    HW: complete Research Summary 2; Read Sample Essay 1's (ANGEL)


    Feb. 17- Research Summary 2 due; Look at Sample Essays for Paper 1; discuss rubric

    HW: work on Essay 1 for workshop

    Feb. 19 - Essay 1 workshop

    HW: Complete Essay 1


    Feb. 24- Essay 1: Mapping Controversy Positions due; Super Size Me


    Feb. 26- Super Size Me; discuss documentary

    HW: HW: Read Read EA Chapters 7 “Structuring Arguments”, EA Chapter 11 “Causal Arguments”; F pp. 169-73 “The Carnivore’s Dilemma”


    Mar. 3- Causal Arguments

    HW: Read EA Chapter 12 “Proposal Arguments”; F pp. 175-87 “Declare Your Independence”

    Mar. 5- Proposal Arguments

    HW: Read Handout 3 (ANGEL); F pp. 93-101 “Who Cooks?” and pp. 101-106 “A Woman’s Place”?


    Mar. 10- “I Say”; Assessing support material in researched arguments

    HW: Read EA Chapter 17 “Finding Evidence”; Read Sample Paper

    Mar. 12- Sample paper 2

    HW: Work on Essay 2


    Mar. 17- Sample essay; Paper rubric;

    HW:  Complete Essay 2

    Mar. 19- Essay 2 Workshop

    HW: Begin work on final Research Essay

    Friday Mar. 21- Essay 2: Stasis Argument Due


    Mar. 24-26- Spring  Break


    Mar. 31- Abstract Writing; Fat Head

    HW: Read “Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good”

    Apr. 2- Fat Head; Discuss McDonald's article; Abstract Writing

    HW: Complete Argument Abstract; Read Handout 4 (ANGEL)


    Apr. 7- Argument Abstracts Due; Putting it all together

    HW: Read EA Chapter 13 “Style in Arguments”; F pp. 125-141 “Organic Foods”

    Apr. 9- Writing and Style

    HW: Read sample essays


    Apr. 14- Sample Research Essay

    HW: Work on paper

    Apr. 16- No class; Conferences (optional)

    HW: Complete paper for workshop


    Apr. 21- Last class day; Essay checklist; surveys; Paper 3 Workshop


    Apr. 28 Research Argument Due