INSTRUCTOR  Owen M. Williamson, MA

In case of absence, or if class is ever cancelled due to circumstances beyond Instructor control, students are still expected to complete and submit all assignments shown on this Calendar page if possible. 

Week 10: March 28 - April 1, 2011


Quiz on Borders, chapter 8


Turn in reports: What are your own strongest interests, abilities, and values?

Money Matters for the UTEP student.

Draft Collective Reports due next week for Peer Review.

Schedule collective Oral Reports.

Turn in report on web investigation from last week: What are this particular professor's interests, accomplishments, background, publications, activities and opinions? 

Public speaking activity—declamation. [Applies to theme / discipline] [Public speaking]


Work Group 4 will discuss Progymnasma 10: Comparison.

Sadly, even knowing more about the subject than what the professor demands or is teaching might not absolutely guarantee you you an "A" in every case. Why is that? Which is more important: An "A" or the knowledge?  Introduce the idea of the "Five Year Rule."  Response.


Library Orientation (in regular classroom).

Public speaking activity—declamation. [Applies to theme / discipline] [Public speaking]


  1. Read Kennedy (click for link), 113-115 (example).

    2. Read Borders chapter 9: Money Matters.

    3. Read "Academically Adrift," be ready to respond.


  1. Read Gosling and Noordam's "Giving a Great Presentation." Important note: This says it is for PhD's, but it is actually for anyone from high school on up!



1. Do Progymnasma 10. [Applies to theme / discipline]

2. KTEP reports. [Academic success strategies—note taking] [Critical thinking]




Progymnasma 10: Comparison (Syncrisis). 

Compare your semester thesis to some other real, specific but different thesis that people readily accept. For instructions, click on the above link and follow the BYU instructions strictly.

See the example in Kennedy, 113-15.

Directions for Composition

Compare the semester thesis with another thesis that is widely accepted, in order to persuade an audience to also accept your thesis. Be certain not to treat the two theses separately, but together, in parallel fashion.

First, use an exordium (introduction), beginning as follows:

"To argue that 'In each of my courses I need to finish the semester knowing more about the subject than what the professor demands' is just another way of saying that 'in college I play to win.'"  [Or you may substitute some other generally accepted thesis.]

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Describe, side-by-side, the origin of each thesis
    • what people?
    • what country?
    • what background did it come from?
    • who first said this?
  2. Describe, side-by-side how each belief has contributed to or could contribute to improving
    • education
    • art
    • laws
    • society in general
  3. Compare side-by-side each belief's results or potential results for you in the real world.
  4. Conclude with an epilogue including an exhortation to your readers to accept your thesis just as they accept the other thesis you are using for comparison.



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