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 5: February 14-18, 2011Mensa Shirt


Quiz on Borders Chapter 3: Click HERE:.

In-class assignment (tentative): Read and respond to, "Racism, Wealth and IQ: The Heart of Whiteness," By Manuel Garcia, Jr.  In your response, address questions like "Is genius (or intellectuality) a particularly white (or an Anglo, or Euro-American) concept?" "Is genius or education valued in your own culture, your own high school or workplace, your own neighborhood, and your own home?" 

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


Turn in the name of the organization you joined, by Feb. 16.

Work Group 9 will discuss Progymnasma 5: Refutation.

The genius of rhetoric: Pathos, Ethos and Logos. More pillars of rhetoric: kairos, audience, style. delivery. Three levels of discourse and style. TRVTH vs rhetoric?


Turn in annotated printout of "Forty Winks."

Introduce Student Health Center.

Tour the Student Health Center [Video]

Student Health Center

Introduction to Library Data Bases.

"The Library provides access to over two hundred electronic databases that
cover a wide range of subjects. These databases contain full text articles from
scholarly as well as non-scholarly sources. You should familiarize yourselves
with the databases that are most appropriate for your major. A reference
librarian can help point you in the right direction and get you started. There
are increasing numbers of books available online through databases like
NetLibrary. Most of the library databases are accessible from off campus via
the Internet, but are restricted to valid UTEP users. You will be prompted
for your name and your UTEP ID number when accessing databases off
campus." (Borders)




From Borders: 


1.Read Kennedy (click for link) 101-3 (example).

2.Read Borders Chapter 4: "Making the Grade."


1. Post on your Wiki comments a BRIEF reflection on your Time Management Calculator results. Particularly if your time management shows in the "Danger" zone or negative, discuss exactly how you plan to manage, keep up your health and happiness, and still learn more than your professor teaches or demands in your courses at UTEP at the same time. Be specific--do not simply state "I will do it somehow," or "I'll keep a positive attitude," or similar empty general statements.

2. Print out and annotate "Forty Winks."  Bring next class.


1. Do Progymnasma 5. . [Applies to theme / discipline]

2. Turn in annotated printout of "Forty Winks."

3. KTEP report. [Academic success strategies—note taking] [Critical thinking]



Progymnasma 5: Refutation.

Directions for Composition (Adapted from BYU website)
Anticipate a major argument that opponents would use against the semester thesis. Then attack it as follows:

  1. Give a very brief summary of the argument that you are refuting.
  2. Blame the teller of the story--briefly examine what her or his motives may have been for introducing this false argument or lie. 
  3. In at least two full paragraphs, carefully and exactly point out how the opposing argument is characterized by each one of the following factors: 
    • confused (unclear; obscure; mixed-up; lacking critical details, or impossible to prove)
    • incredible (unbelievable; stretches credibility beyond its limits)
    • impossible (violates the laws of psychology, biology, history or human behavior; cannot happen in the real world)
    • illogical (makes no sense; crazy; silly, absurd; contradicts itself)
    • unfitting, (lazy, irresponsible, uncivilized, immoral, nasty; discriminatory, unfair, not fit for decent people); or
    • unprofitable (wastes more time and money than it saves; will bankrupt the person; too big a risk; too costly for the results to be gained).

    See the example in Kennedy 101-3 for an example of desired length and style. Do not use the 5 part format.



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