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 Read more…

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. Read more…

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? Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

Reflections on the Class

Over the last semester we have read a variety of sources, from Sidney’s Defense of Poesy to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. They all respond in some way to the course theme of “Defending Society.” We began our class by asking the question  “defending society from what?” The implicit answer for Philip Sidney’s Defense Read more…