Presentation on theme: "RWS 200: The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context."— Presentation transcript:
1RWS 200:The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context
2RWS 100 & 200: Two Different Analytic Emphases RWS 100: Textual analysisRWS 200: Contextual analysis
3Contextual Analysis (RWS 200) Study a text as part of a conversationExamine the setting or context from which any communication emergesUnderstand communications through the lens of their environment(s)
4Contextual AnalysisDemands an appreciation of the circumstances that call rhetorical events into being.Considers a text to be a response to those circumstances (social, political, historical).Views a text as part of an ongoing conversation.
5Some Ways Into Contextual Analysis Learn about the authorExamine the setting (time & place)Consider the audienceStudy the “larger conversation”
64 Assignments/Learning Outcomes 1. Construct an account of an argument and identify elements of context embedded in it Research elements of context; show how understanding of argument is developed, changed, or evolved by looking into its context. 3. Given the common concerns of two or more arguments, discuss how the claims of these arguments modify, complicate or qualify one another. 4. Consider your contemporary, current life as context to position yourself and make an argument . . .
7Assignment 2 Learning Outcome: Follow avenues of investigation that are opened by noticing elements of context; research those elements and show how one's understanding of the argument is developed, changed, or evolved by looking into its context.
8Timeline: 4 Weeks Week One: Generate topics & conduct research Week Two: Learn analytical concepts & terminology; short writing practice; outlines; 1st rough draftsWeek Three: Focused draft revision workshops; peer reviews of 2nd draftsWeek Four: Individual conferencing; final draft submissions
9Prewriting Work: Isolate, Practice, Apply Isolate aspects of prompt criteriaPractice in small groups and short writingsApply smaller experiences to larger essay project
10Week OneIn class:Small group brainstorming for topics; sharing of best ideas with class.Research guidance.Small group sharing of research; class discussion of how authors use the contextual element and how research affects understanding of claims.Homework:Conduct research; complete research logs.
11Week TwoIn class:Learn analytical terminology for articulating affect of researched context on understanding of argument: illuminate, clarify, develop, change, evolve, complicate.Short writing practice using terminology.Draft intro, formulate thesis.Create outline for essay.Homework:First rough draft.
12Week Three In class: Homework: Focused revision for transitions MLA reviewHomework:Hand in 2nd rough draft for reviewPeer review of two rough drafts; self-review of own draft.
13Week Four Individual conferences in office. Independent revision work. Submission of final draft to be graded.