Jul 19, 2024  
2020 Summer Session Catalogue 
2020 Summer Session Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ERH 101-04 - Writing & Rhetoric I

Instructor: Ms. Mattie Q. Smith
Location: Online Synchronous See Details Below
Date/Time: Monday-Friday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the essential principles of rhetoric, develops cadets’ ability to analyze complex texts rhetorically, and refines their writing strategies, paying special attention to their critical reflection on their writing processes. Such essential practices as invention, arrangement, and revision will be emphasized in their writing of expository essays.  Note: Minimum grade of C required. Cadets cannot take this course if they have already taken WR 101

Remote Summer Session II Online Delivery Method: Synchronous

This course integrates student learning opportunities through Zoom and Canvas classroom management systems, and it includes assignments in VMI’s student E-Portfolio Word Press Site.

Synchronous methods support live daily class lectures, integrative student discussions, classroom workshop activities, and faculty conferences that are held between 12:30 and 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Zoom supports live classroom lecture, discussion, and workshop. Canvas supports inventive and collaborative places where writers complete helpful writing prompts and conduct peer reviews through interactive discussion boards and other graded assignment windows, and the class will experience some writing assignments and discussion boards for homework assignments in Canvas. E-Portfolio Word Press offers writers a place to archive their writing and reflections in a robust, creative platform for future professional use.

  • Online Platforms and Necessary Equipment: Since this course occurs live in Zoom and requires participation on Canvas, students need laptop or desktop computers equipped with speakers and cameras. Under no circumstances may a student attend this class without computer video and audio capacity. Students also need a cell phone in the event their laptops malfunction during class or faculty conferences. Other important accessories include headsets and Bluetooth devices, depending on the students’ preferences.
  • Software Requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word software loaded onto their computers for success in this class, and all writing will be completed in MLA Format.
  • Textbooks and other Required Resources: This course requires textbooks, online resources, and supplies, including Wardle and Downs’s Writing about Writing, 4th Edition and Lunsford’s The Everyday Writer, 6th Edition. Also, students need a personal journal.
  • Students should have access to the current edition of Merriam-Webster College Dictionary and Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Final Exam: July 23rd 1-4 p.m.