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Prompts for Paper 2

You may choose from the following prompts for Paper 2. Prompt 1 Compare and contrast Castiglione’s courtier in The Book of the Courtier and the values proposed by Machiavelli in Art of War with the values, ideals, and conduct of professional military members in the United States Military. Focus on the concepts of honor, national identity, and selfhood Minimal evidence: Materials by and/or about the US Military substantiating your claims about the institution’s values, ideals, Read more…

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Building Your Video Essay

A Process The best video essays, like the best traditional academic essays, develop iteratively: that is, they are made in a number of stages with each stage incorporating time to reflect, gather feedback, and improve. The following process is one that I have found to be successful for many students. Here is a basic outline, but each step can (and should) be repeated until you feel that you have achieved the result you are looking Read more…

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War Rhetoric Hypotheses

Discussion Question: The introduction of Books for Captains says that the ultimate goal of war according to Renaissance military treatises was to return to a Golden Age and everlasting peace through the exercise of war. How does this compare to the ways in which we talk about the goals of war today? Hypotheses: The development of WMDs means that preemptive action features more in today’s rhetoric than in Renaissance rhetoric about war Human rights features as more Read more…

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Rhetorical Analysis In-Class Exercise

Rhetorical Analysis In-Class Exercise Resource Used: https://www.thoughtco.com/proof-rhetoric-1691689 Procedure: Students agree on a work of popular culture that they have all seen or read. Then, they are divided into groups of four. Each group of four takes one of six parts of the parts of a speech listed below. After working together for 5-10 minutes, each group articulates their portion of the argument. Then, all the groups come together and give their portions of the argument Read more…

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Fairytale peer review questions

What feedback can you offer your peer review partners on the following questions? Rhetorical Awareness Do they answer all the aspects of the prompt? Does their work fit the definition of a fairytale? Is the fairytale complete? Does the tone feel appropriate to the assignment’s rhetorical situation? Stance and Development of Ideas Can you tell what virtues the story is attempting to teach? Is the fairytale entertaining as well as educational? Does the critical introduction Read more…

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Group Web Project Peer Review Process

Follow these steps to offer feedback to your partner group. Appoint one person to take notes on each of these questions. This group member will email the responses to each question to the group that is being reviewed and to the instructor. Leave your website open on two laptops at your initial station. Then, move to the new station where you will be reviewing another group’s project. Take 25-30 minutes to work your way through Read more…

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Prompts for Paper 2

After much deliberation, I decided on these six prompts. It was tough! My original list was 15 prompts long, but I decided that would be too many options. If you wrote a prompt you were very attached to, but you don’t see in this list, please let me know. We can discuss the possibility of using it. Pick one or two scenes in A Comedy of Errors and Hercules where mistaken or hidden identities lead to conflict. Pay special Read more…

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Hamlet discussion

Today we selected discussion questions from Piazza to explore in more depth in small groups. Students picked a question, then began to discuss some preliminary answers to that question. Students then selected a clip from YouTube of a scene in Hamlet that is relevant to answering the question posed. Act II Question: So far, I’ve noticed the predominantly submissive role women play in this play. For example, Queen Gertrude marries Claudius right after her husband Read more…

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Beauty and the Beast keywords

In class, we brainstormed a list of keywords to capture our reading on Beauty and the Beast and our viewing of the 1991 film. I’ve synthesized the results in four keywords below: Impressions: This keyword captures the theme of exterior vs. interior that we see throughout. The townsfolk are impressed with Gaston, and Belle is forced to revise her first impressions of the Beast. The film version seems to be asking us to challenge how much Read more…

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Paper 1 Peer Review

Peer Review Guidelines for Paper 1  Instructions:  1. Read the paper in full one time without stopping to ask for clarification. Respond as a reader in the author’s target audience (not as if you were going to grade it). This means that you might:  Note where you had to reread a sentence (this often means the sentence is worded in a confusing way)  Note elements of the paper that seemed distracting to you as you Read more…

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