Week Two


Reading due

  • Required reading: Envision  chapter 1, p. 27-39; Chapter 2, p. 42-78 (Optional: p. 78-86)
  • My blogpost (from a different quarter) on “Thinking about texts for rhetorical analysis.”
  • Optional: The Rhetorical Analysis Part 1 Walkthrough (in the walkthrough folder on Box)

Writing due

  • Game blogpost response.  Browse the Game blogposts on our website. Choose at least one that interests you and write a brief response (~100 words) that engages with the ideas (NOT the writing style!) of the post. What do you think of the analysis?  If you’ve played the game before, what’s your impression of the game and how does it align with that discussed in the blogpost?  Extra karma points for community engagement: respond to someone who hasn’t receive any responses yet. And, yes, you can respond to more than one Game Blogpost if you’re so inclined.
  • Complete STEP 1 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignmentYou can find this on page 2 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignment sheet.  It involves text selection, an email over the weekend, and pre-writing.

Miscellaneous due:

  • Bring ear-buds to class today for a listening activity
  • Sign up for an optional conference for early this week if you want to talk about your text selection for your Rhetorical Analysis. Use the sign up link on the right sidebar on this page.  (Our required Rhetorical Analysis conferences will take place the week of Oct 9, when you have a full draft)

 Optional: Browse through your classmates’ Alter Ego profiles (see the link also on the right sidebar)

In-Class links:



Reading/Viewing due:

  • Envision chapter 3: p. 118-126; also jump ahead to Chapter 8, p. 299-305.
  • Go to the Rhetorical Analysis assignment page.  Make sure that you are making full use of all the resources and links available there.
  • Sample Rhetorical Analysis Essays – Read the introduction for each one.  Then read just one of these samples all the way to the end (so, for today, you’ll be reading 4 intros and 1 complete essay).  As you read, ask yourself: What strategies does each one use in crafting an effective introduction and thesis claim? Which of these strategies could you imagine using in an essay of your own? (These are just thought questions – there is no need to write anything down)

Writing Due: Draft of Rhetorical Analysis essay.   Upload your draft to your Stanford Box “Rhetorical Analysis” folder and also bring TWO hard copies to class with you.   See Rhetorical Analysis assignment sheet for details about the draft.   Please be sure that you do not use less than 1.5 spacing or 11 point font for your draft: review submission guidelines in the syllabus and assignment sheet for more details.

Miscellaneous Due: Sign up for your required conference on the rhetorical analysis draft, which will happen during Week 3.  Sign up through the top right of this webpage and navigate between weeks using the tabs at the bottom left of the google sheet.


  • Anne Lamott, “Shitty First Drafts” – for an argument about the benefits of how to approach draft writing in a way that takes some pressure off the writer

In-Class link: Pre-PWR Peer Review survey


Fr 10-6: No Class – work due

Rhetorical Analysis Draft #2 Due. Upload to your Stanford Box ” by 5pm.  No printout needed.  Include 3 questions for your reader (things you would like particular feedback on) either as Microsoft word comments in the document or listed at the very beginning or very end of your essay.  Also upload your self-assessment sheet.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK: Conferences next week; Rhetorical Analysis revision due on Sunday the 15th








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