Assignments and Grades

Assignments and Grades: This is a writing flag course, which means we will attend carefully to writing, but “writing” in this course is not limited to printed text. Informal assignments will include in-class exercises and peer reviews. Specific grading criteria will accompany each assignment.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Reading Posts.  Six sets of informal notes analyzing/exploring key issues in the readings + at least one thoughtful response to a classmate’s post, all submitted on the class discussion board on Canvas. (6 x 5pts = 30%)
  • Argument Paper. A 3-4 page argument paper, submitted to Canvas, grounded in some aspect of the course readings so far (15%)
  • Video Argument. A short video slideshow argument, created from images in iMovie or Moviemaker, grounded in some aspect of the course readings (15%)
  • Rhetorical Animal Presentation. A researched presentation to the class, created and delivered in groups of 2-3 using online presentational software on the rhetorical propensities of a selected species of animal. Your group’s presentation should take no longer than 6 minutes, make use of embedded images and/or video, cite reputable sources, document those sources through URL links or a Works Cited page, *wow* the class with fascinating details about this species, and explicitly address the relevance to rhetorical studies (10%)
  • Multimedia Presenation. A well-researched multimedia argument (use text, images, and video) published on your wordpress site that makes an ethical or political argument to your classmates about some aspect of the human/animal relationship (topic must be approved in advance). Your project should be roughly equivalent in length to a five page, double-spaced paper; use sources effectively and accurately; document sources through URL links or a works cited page; be fascinatingly revealing (tell us something we don’t already know), insightful (make something of it), and articulate (use your language effectively). (30%)


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