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Introduces and develops understanding, for first year students, of composing and critiquing written and multimodal texts.

Subject Matter Experts:
Paul Ranieri, Ph.D.

Lesson 1

Composing, Play and Expression

  • Learning as Play
  • Joyful and Compelling Learning
  • Intellectual Play
  • Composing and Learning
  • Composing as Living

Lesson 2

The Basics of Rhetoric

  • Defining Rhetoric
  • A Matrix of Discourse Types
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Logos
  • Kairos
  • The Role of Persuasion in Life

Lesson 3

Responding to Multimodal Texts

  • Multimodal Expression
  • Applying Rubrics to Single Mode and Multimodal Texts
  • Planning and Purpose
  • Assessing and Revising

Lesson 4

Ideas and Voice

  • Expressing Voice
  • Ideas and Invention
  • Purpose and Structure
  • The Demands of an Audience
  • Voice and Character

Lesson 5

From Personal Ideas to Public Expression

  • A Diagnostic Tool
  • Composing as Choices
  • The Evolution of a Text from the Personal to the Public

Lesson 6

Performance Development

  • Composing as Performance
  • Composing/Performing Processes
  • Goals, Directions, and Plans
  • Reflection and Revising
  • Chunking
  • Metacognition and Procedural Knowledge

Lesson 7

The Importance of Research — An Overview

  • The Research Process
  • Research Methods
  • Sources
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation

Lesson 8

Refining the Research Question

  • Selecting a Topic
  • Topic Strategies
  • Developing and Strengthening the Research Question

Lesson 9

Selecting Appropriate Research Methods

  • Primary and Secondary Resources
  • Print Research Tools
  • Online Research Tools
  • Field Research Tools
  • Bringing it All Together

Lesson 10

Understanding Data and Research Analysis

  • Defining and Describing the Nature of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Conscious Research Process

Lesson 11

Presenting the Research Argument

  • Rhetorical Situation
  • Types of Presentations
  • Introduction Strategies
  • Organizational Strategies
  • Evolving the Presentation
  • Incorporating Sources

Lesson 12

Composing Collaborative Research Projects

  • Communication
  • Group Voice
  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Organization
  • Execution and Management

Lesson 13

Style and Editing

  • Guidelines for Clear, Direct, Concise Style
  • Agent + Action
  • Improving Flow
  • Shape and Elegance
  • Style and Democracy