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 3:  September 6-10, 2010

Monday: Labor Day - University Closed Monday, Sep. 6.

Optional extra credit: Textbook 101: Getting the most from homework assignments. Sept 7 (Tues.) 1:00-2:30p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

Wednesday:  Census Day Sep. 8 (Last day to withdraw with complete refund).

Meet at Student Health Center in the Union.







Turn in a copy of the degree plan for your desired major. This counts as quiz #1. (Keep the original!)

Turn in Activity 1.3 from pages 17-18 of Borders.

Borders Activity 2.7, #3.

Respond in class: Professors find it important to sow a love for learning in their students. Their own love for learning opens a door of communication with students. What are some ways in which you can relate to and communicate with your professors?

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



1. Read Kennedy (click for link), 97-99 (example), and 139-41. 

2. Read Borders chapter 2: Transition from high school to college. [Academic success strategies]

3. Do Activity 1.3 on pages 17-18 of the Borders book if not completed in class. Bring to class on Friday. [Academic success strategies]

4. Do Borders activity 2.3. [Academic success strategies] (Borders, Page 25).


1. Bring Borders Activity 1.3 on page 17 and 18 of the Borders book to class on Friday. [Academic success strategies]

2. Do Progymnasma 3.[Applies to theme / discipline]

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


Progymnasma 3 (Sayings / Chreia): Defending a saying.  

Write a five part classical argument defending the semester thesis: In each of my courses, I need to make 100% sure that I finish the semester knowing more about the subject than what the professor demands or is teaching.

Your thesis statement should be this sentence, which should be in quotation marks. 

This assignment should be very brief (absolutely "fat-free") and should be written in standard five-part ISARC classical arrangement, as described on page 132 of Kennedy, containing a thesis statement (which is the saying), a statement of facts and arguments for your thesis, antithesis, refutation and conclusion.  The goal of this essay is to make an argument and to persuade your audience (me, and your classmates) to agree with the thesis. No quotes, other than the saying, are allowed in this paper, so no Works Cited page is needed. 

This essay will be graded mainly for clarity of thought, persuasiveness of argument, and logical organization. 

The following is NOT acceptable:

Attacking, arguing against, disagreeing with, questioning or refuting the thesis in your response. Your task is to convince your reader (your fellow students in class) to agree with the thesis.





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Owen M. Williamson - Education Bldg 211E - phone: (915) 747 7625 - fax: (915) 747 5655
The University of Texas at El Paso - 500 W. University Ave. - El Paso, TX 79968
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