ENGLISH COMPOSTION II 2 IN A HALF PGS EACH WEEK. WEEK 1 Start by reading and following these instructions: 1. Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus. 2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully. 3. Consider the discussion and the any insights you gained from it. 4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling. Assignment: 1. Identify a social issue you are strongly opposed to. Then use the 4 stasis questions on page 22 of the textbook to dive deeper into the topic in a way that builds a solid argument. 2. Think about a time when you believed an emotional appeal put forth by a political party, company, marketing campaign, or piece of advertising only to find out that you were not quite told the truth. Explain the situation, what was told to you, what the truth was, how you uncovered it, and how finding out that you were misled made you feel. Also explain if, or how, this experience changed how you view arguments put in front of you. 3. Imagine you are the marketing director for a company that makes fruit snacks for kids. The snacks aren’t so much fruit as they are sugar, water, and artificial dyes; but kids love them and they are individually wrapped for ease of use by busy parents. Your company needs to increase sales by 50% in the next quarter and your boss has put this burden on you. Write copy for a print ad to run in “Mom’s World” magazine that uses an emotional appeal to get busy moms to buy your product and give it to their children. 4. Select someone from the entertainment industry who is famous on an international scale. Then find a charity with characteristics that match that person’s character and ethos. Write text for a print ad that would feature the performer talking about why the charity is important. Also include why you chose the person and charity you did, and why you feel they share an ethos. WEEK 2 Assignment: 1. Find a credible news story from the past 3 months that employs one of the fallacies of emotional argument. Explain which argument is used, how it’s used, and whether it’s effective. 2. Find a credible news story from the past 3 months that employs one of the fallacies of ethical argument. Explain which argument is used, how it’s used, and whether it’s effective. 3. Find a credible news story from the past 3 months that employs one of the fallacies of logical argument. Explain which argument is used, how it’s used, and whether it’s effective. 4. Find an op-ed piece in credible newspaper or website, preferably on a topic on which you disagree, and write a rhetorical analysis following the Guide to Writing a Rhetorical Analysis in Chapter 6 of the textbook. WEEK 3 Assignment: 1. Find a letter to the editor in the New York Times, LA Times, or Wall Street Journal. Use the Toulmin Argument to analysis the letter. Suggest revisions and offer additional evidence 2. Perform the exercise on page 169 of the textbook that centers on Factcheck.org. In addition to the activity, be sure to explain why you chose the topic you did and whether what you believed to be accurate about that topic turned out to be proven true or false. 3. Create a list of 3 commonly believed conspiracy theories. Following the examples on page 172 of the textbook, create three versions of each claim in which each version offers more information to help readers judge the merit of the claim. 4. Write an argument of definition about a term that has suddenly become culturally significant or recently changed in some important way. Either defend the way the term has come to be defined or raise questions about its appropriateness, offensiveness, inaccuracy, and so one. WEEK 4 Assignment: 1. Choose one item from the following list that you understand well enough to evaluate. Develop several criteria of evaluation that you could defend to distinguish excellence from meritocracy in the area. Then choose an item you don’t know much about and explain the research you might perform to discover reasonable criteria of evaluation for it. Smart phones, NFL quarterbacks, fashion designers, Navajo rugs, UN secretary generals, contemporary painters, hip-hop bands, organic vegetables, athletic shoes, historic U.S. battlegrounds, breeds of dogs, former British prime ministers. 2. Find an obituary or eulogy of a famous person who died in the past 6 months. Analyze the types of claims the document makes about the accomplishments of the deceased. Explain what types of criteria of evaluation hold the article together. Also explain why the person should be respected or admired. 3. Find a topic of social responsibility that is of interest to today’s university students. Write up a plan of how you’d prepare a proposal to deal with the topic. 4. Find a hot issue proposal in the news today that you REALLY disagree with. It may be a political initiative, cultural innovation, technological advancement, or lifestyle change. Study the idea more deeply than you have to date then compose a proposal argument based on your deeper understanding of the proposal. You may take a stance either for or against the issue. WEEK 5 Assignment: 1. Write a review of a recent movie you’ve seen. Experiment with punctuation as a way to create an effective style. Try using a series of questions to see if they add value, use exclamation points to see if they detract from your message, or use interesting language. Then find another review of the same movie and compare your review with that review explaining how punctuation created differences. (Include the other review in your submission.) 2. Find the text of a speech by someone who uses figures of speech liberally. Pick one or two paragraphs that are rich in figures and rewrite them, eliminating every bit of figurative language. Explain how the two versions differ and which you feel is more effective, and why. (Include the text of the original speech in your submission.) 3. Find a story that has been covered in numerous news media in the past few months. Identify an article in a credible source that is strictly text. Then write up a plan on how you would use visual and multimedia aids to improve upon it. 4. Find an ad for a food product or beverage - either print or digital - that uses both verbal and visual elements. Analyze its argument after watching the following videos: Analyzing the argument – Part 1of 2 and Analyzing the argument – Part 2 of 2.Include in your analysis the affect an audience has on the argument’s reception. WEEK 6 Assignment: 1. Find a print presentation you find effective. Study it carefully and define what aspects you find effective, and why, drawing on information from the textbook. Then find a print presentation you find ineffective. Study it carefully and define what aspects you find ineffective, and why, drawing on information from the textbook. Then make recommendations on what you would do differently to make it more effective, and why. 2. Find a multimedia presentation you find effective. Study it carefully and define what aspects you find effective, and why, drawing on information from the textbook. Then find a multimedia presentation you find ineffective. Study it carefully and define what aspects you find ineffective, and why, drawing on information from the textbook. Then make recommendations on what you would do differently to make it more effective, and why. 3. Find a short op-ed piece - 4-5 paragraphs - from the past week’s newspaper. Rewrite the story to be read aloud to a live audience. Then make a list of all of the changes you made. 4. Find a short multimedia presentation on YouTube or other site that features short video lectures. Watch the presentation and write a critique on the speaker’s delivery, multimedia tools, language, effectiveness, etc. Explain what was the most memorable part of the presentation, and why. Also write constructive feedback to provide to the speaker in order to increase the presentation’s effectiveness. (Include the link to the video in the submission.) WEEK 7 Assignment: 1. Complete exercise 3 on page 420 of the textbook. 2. Interview a friend or family member about a recent holiday or celebration. Limit yourself to 10 questions that you write in advance, and don’t deviate from them. Record the answers. Then interview another friend or family member about the same holiday or celebration. Ask the first question from your list, then let the answers dictate the rest of the questions. Record the answers. Explain which interview gave you more information and which told you more about the event. 3. Find an online news source whose credibility or objectively is considered questionable. Look up a recent news story and use the principles on page 457 of the textbook to assess the source. Include your opinion on whether, after your assessment, you find the source to be credible. 4. Find a story in the news in the past year that was partially or fully retracted or corrected after it was discovered that the field research was not done properly. Explain what was done incorrectly that led to the error, and what steps should have been taken in order to avoid the issue. Be sure to include the news story in your submission. WEEK 8 Assignment: 1. Complete exercise 1 on page 481 of the textbook regarding essays from Chapters 8 -12. 2. Using another essay from chapters 8-12 of the book and examine the different ways an author uses source materials to support claims. Begin by highlighting the signal phrases you find attached to borrowed ideas or direct quotations. Explain how well they introduce or frame the material. Then categorize the various ways the author actually uses particular sources, and write a paragraph assessing the author’s handling of sources in the piece. Explain if the borrowed materials integrate well with the author’s own thoughts. Explain if they represent an effective synthesis of ideas. 3. Log on to Wikipedia and view the entry for Local Food, paying special attention to how the article acknowledges sources and how Wikipedia alerts readers that articles may contain unreliable or uncredited information. Explain whether or not you think the material is accurately sourced and cited. 4. MLA and APA styles differ in several important ways, both for in-text citations and for lists of sources. Define which academic disciplines subscribe to MLA and which to APA. Then list as many differences as you can between the two, then for each difference speculate about reasons for the differences.