Presentation on theme: "RWS 200: The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context."— Presentation transcript:
RWS 200: The Rhetoric of Written Argument in Context
RWS 100 & 200: Two Different Analytic Emphases RWS 100: Textual analysis RWS 200: Contextual analysis
Contextual Analysis (RWS 200) Study a text as part of a conversation Examine the setting or context from which any communication emerges Understand communications through the lens of their environment(s)
Contextual Analysis Demands 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.
Some Ways Into Contextual Analysis 1. Learn about the author 2. Examine the setting (time & place) 3. Consider the audience 4. Study the “larger conversation”
4 Assignments/Learning Outcomes 1. Construct an account of an argument and identify elements of context embedded in it... 2. 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...
Assignment 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.
Timeline: 4 Weeks Week One: Generate topics & conduct research Week Two: Learn analytical concepts & terminology; short writing practice; outlines; 1 st rough drafts Week Three: Focused draft revision workshops; peer reviews of 2 nd drafts Week Four: Individual conferencing; final draft submissions
Prewriting Work: Isolate, Practice, Apply Isolate aspects of prompt criteria Practice in small groups and short writings Apply smaller experiences to larger essay project
Week One In 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.
Week Two In 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.
Week Three In class: Focused revision for transitions MLA review Homework: Hand in 2 nd rough draft for review Peer review of two rough drafts; self-review of own draft.
Week Four Individual conferences in office. Independent revision work. Submission of final draft to be graded.