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Jeffrey Walker, Chair PAR 3, Mailcode B5500, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6109

Jacqueline M Henkel

Associate Professor Ph.D., 1985, University of Minnesota

RHE 325M • Advanced Writing

44760 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 2.128
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Rhetoric 325M is an advanced-level non-fiction writing course. Its aim is to develop already skilled students into more polished and publishable writers.  Students in the course should expect to complete (and share with others) several short analyses of others’ prose, imitation exercises, sentence-styling assignments, and editing exercises. 

Assignments and Grading

Minimum requirements are:  1) satisfactory performance on (possible) unannounced quizzes or problems; 2) satisfactory work on writing exercises (1 paragraph-1 page each); 3) satisfactory prose analyses (2 pages each); 4) effective peer review and workshop participation; 5) discussion informed by familiarity with the required readings; and 6) regular attendance. Note that these are minimum requirements.

Grades are based on quizzes and problems (10%); writing exercises (30%); prose analyses (30%); peer review, discussion, and workshop performance (30%).  Attendance and courteous classroom behavior are considered essential, and unsatisfactory marks in these areas are deducted from the final average.

Final course grades are assigned relative to the overall performance of the class; in other words, scores are "curved" rather than absolute.  Final grades include "plus" or "minus" grades.  Final class scores may be rounded up or down, according to students' class participation and performance on minor and ungraded assignments.

A grade of C will indicate work that meets all the basic course requirements; A's and B's are honors grades, designating work of some distinction.  Grades are based only on work assigned to everyone in the class; no extra credit work can be accepted.

Required Texts and Course Readings

--Williams, Joseph, and Joseph Bizup.  Style:  Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th ed., Pearson, 2014.

--Scharton Maurice.  Things Your Grammar Never Told You:  A Pocket Handbook, 2nd ed., Longman, 2001.

RHE 325M • Advanced Writing

45105 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.102
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Rhetoric 325M is an advanced-level non-fiction writing course. Its aim is to develop already skilled students into more polished and publishable writers.  Students in the course should expect to complete (and share with others) several short analyses of others’ prose, imitation exercises, sentence-styling assignments, and editing exercises. 

Assignments and Grading

Minimum requirements are:  1) satisfactory performance on (possible) unannounced quizzes or problems; 2) satisfactory work on writing exercises (1 paragraph-1 page each); 3) satisfactory prose analyses (2 pages each); 4) effective peer review and workshop participation; 5) discussion informed by familiarity with the required readings; and 6) regular attendance. Note that these are minimum requirements.

Grades are based on quizzes and problems (10%); writing exercises (30%); prose analyses (30%); peer review, discussion, and workshop performance (30%).  Attendance and courteous classroom behavior are considered essential, and unsatisfactory marks in these areas are deducted from the final average.

Final course grades are assigned relative to the overall performance of the class; in other words, scores are "curved" rather than absolute.  Final grades include "plus" or "minus" grades.  Final class scores may be rounded up or down, according to students' class participation and performance on minor and ungraded assignments.

A grade of C will indicate work that meets all the basic course requirements; A's and B's are honors grades, designating work of some distinction.  Grades are based only on work assigned to everyone in the class; no extra credit work can be accepted.

Required Texts and Course Readings

--Williams, Joseph, and Joseph Bizup.  Style:  Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th ed., Pearson, 2014.

--Scharton Maurice.  Things Your Grammar Never Told You:  A Pocket Handbook, 2nd ed., Longman, 2001.

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