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 12--November 9-13, 2015

Monday, November 9

1. Read Kennedy (click for link), 117-120.

2. Read article on war between Russia and America.

3. Read Borders Glossary.

4. NOTE: You should have the rough draft of your entire Final Group Project completed by this week!   Get it checked over and begin final draft.

5. REMINDER: A total of TEN good Podcast Reports due in Dropbox by Dec. 1, 8:30 am  Assignment closes at that time.

Wednesday, November 11

1. Respond briefly to each question on "Value clarification: more than sex, drugs and rock and roll!"  This counts for points as "daily work." Turn this in on paper on Monday.

 

2. Weekly Argument Assignment #11: Read Kennedy (click for link), 117-120 and http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Pedagogy/Progymnasmata/Description.htm . How to persuade by describing something in detail.  Then, separately describe 1.) the bad effects of not following your standpoint, and 2.) the potential good effects if your standpoint were put into effect. Turn this in via Dropbox.

Friday, November 13

1. Turn in Organization Report in Dropbox by Wednesday, Nov. 25 (deadline) before class. Worth 10% of your semester grade.  Assignment closes at that time.

2. Optional: Read http://blog.ucsusa.org/david-wright/nuclear-false-alarm-950 about how a false alarm nearly started a nuclear war.

3. Reminder: Check of class notes Monday, Nov. 16.

 

 

Calendar

Monday:

NOTE: You should have the rough draft of your Final Group Project completed by this week. Have your work checked over by a tutor!!!

 

Activity: Strengthening your positive attitude in college.

Some leaders point out that in the past, women and minorities were all too often taught to "be kind" and shut up, to put aside their own wants and needs and to take with a smile whatever people gave them. Some of these experts say that in order to be "strong" and to get ahead of the pack in today's dog-eat-dog world we need to stop trying to be "kind" and instead we should walk around with a permanent attitude of "I ain't gonna take s**t from no one." 

These leaders say that if we are going to be "strong" we need to start demanding what we want in no uncertain terms. They say we need to stop being doormats that everyone can walk on. Instead, they suggest that we should be ready at any moment to loudly complain, to snap at or snitch on staff, professors, store employees and public servants any time they don't give us the best service we deserve, and even try to get them in trouble or sue them for every dollar they've got if we're not 100% satisfied with the service we receive.

Argue whether Lemah Gabowee's "in your face" approach is the best attitude for a strong student to take in college, or whether a successful college student ought to follow Mother Teresa's advice and always be kind, polite and respectful whenever possible. Use a 6-part Ciceronian argument to present your point of view.

 


 

Wednesday:  Video selection.


Friday:

Discuss Weekly Exercise Assignment 11: Description: Separately describe and compare 1.) the bad effects of not following your standpoint, and 2.) the potential good effects if your standpoint were put into effect.

Directions for Composition: Compare your standpoint to a specific opposing standpoint, praising one and condemning the other. Be certain not to treat them separately, but together, in parallel fashion. Follow these steps: Describe, side-by-side, the origin of each standpoint (i.e., your group's, and then the opposing view). Carefully answer the following questions side by side for each standpoint:  1. Who first thought up or expressed this sort of standpoint? 2. Who usually supports this standpoint right now? (Do not say "everyone.") What is their economic or social status likely to be? What background do they generally come from? 3. Finally, compare: Who would be happiest if this standpoint would succeed, and who would be unhappy, upset or angry, and why?  4. Who might get richer or gain more power, influence or fame if this standpoint would succeed, and who would lose power, influence, fame or riches? (This should be included in your Final Dialogue Report.)

Article: US/Russia war.  Respond. Relate to Wednesday's video selection.

Updated Reminder: Turn in Organization Report in Dropbox by next Wednesday, Nov. 25 before class. Worth 10% of your semester grade.

 

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