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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at EMU Online (see Doc Sharing).

1.Week of Jan. 4-10
We.6 Introductions
In class: Syllabus and Schedule

2.Week of Jan. 11-17
Mo.11 Technology: Groundwork
Read: Baron, "From Pencils to Pixels" (PDF)
Read: Johnson, "Introduction," The Best Technology Writing of 2009, pp. 1-8 (PDF)
In class: Twitter setup
Follow-up: Notes from class
We.13 Style: Groundwork
Read: Heilker, "Style," Keywords in Composition Studies, pp. 228-231 (PDF)
Read: Crowley and Hawhee, "Style," Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, pp. 229-263 (PDF)
DUE: SP#1
In-class: Project I: Elements of Style Remake setup

3.Week of Jan. 18-24
Mo.18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - NO CLASSES
We.20 The Elements of Style
Read: Strunk and White, The Elements of Style, Foreword, Introduction, and pp. 1-33.
Read: The Sandwich Spread Elements of Style
Project: What is a remake?

4.Week of Jan. 25-31

Mo.25 The Elements of Style, cont.
Read: Pell, The Marquis de Sade Elements of Style, selections (PDF)
Read: Elements of Style, pp. 34-85.
We.27 P1 Workshop
Bring drafts and materials
In class: Project development
Twitter Deadline I (20 tweets)

5.Week of Feb. 1-7
Mo.1 Peer response
Bring full draft of Project One
In class: Peer response
We.3 DUE Project One
In class: Wiki How-to and Project 2: Style Wiki setup

6.Week of Feb. 8-14
Mo.8 Williams Quick
Read: Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Preface and pp. 1-43.
DUE: SP#2
We.10
Read: Read: Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Chs. 3-6, 45-112 (choose two chs.).
Project: Draft primary entries

7.Week of Feb. 15-21
Mo.15 Twitter Style
Read: Twitterfall.com
In class: Thought experiment: Extending Style to Twitter
Read: Sagolla, "Part One: Lead," 140 Characters, pp. 1-33 (PDF)
We.17 Wiki Edits - In-class (workshop)
Read: Read: Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Chs. 7-10, 115-198 (choose two chs.).
In class: TBD
Project One revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)

8.Week of Feb. 22-28
Mo.22 Midterm Re-Pose
In class: Midterm Evaluation
DUE: Style in Rhetoric and Composition summary (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)
Twitter Deadline 2 (20 more tweets; 40 total)
We.24 3.33 Ways
In class: Project 3: 3.33 Ways setup
Choosing a nonfiction passage
Due: Project 2

9.Week of Mar. 1- 7
Spring Break - NO CLASSES

10.Week of Mar. 8-14
Mo.8 Sentences
Read: Tufte, "Short Sentences," from Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style (PDF)
DUE: SP#3
In class: Syntax analysis for style's sake
We.10 Paramedic Method
Read: From Lanham's The Longman Guide to Revising Prose (PDF)
In class: Applying the P-M

11.Week of Mar. 15-21
Mo.15 Oulipo Logic
Read: Selection from Queneau, Exercises in Style (PDF)
Read: Selections from Matt Madden and Scott McCloud (PDF)
In class: Blaze: Writing with Pictures
P3: Commit to a non-fiction passage
DUE: SP#4
We.17 TBD
Twitter Deadline 3 (20 more tweets; 60 total)

12.Week of Mar. 22-28
Mo.22 Workshop - Writing with Pictures
In class: Project 3 Development
We.24 Typeface Style
Helvetica
film

13.Week of Mar. 29-Apr. 4
Mo.29 Imagetext
Project Two revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)
Read: Wysocki, "Awaywithwords: On the Possibilities in Unavailable Designs" (PDF)
DUE: SP#5
We.31 Ignite Series
Read: Selection from Reynolds' Presentation Zen (PDF)
DUE: Draft of Project 3: 3.33 Ways
In class: Ignite Series Overview
Addiction! Staying Afloat in the Age of the Stream (in class)
Twitter Deadline 4 (20 more tweets; 80 total)

14.Week of Apr. 5-11
Mo.5 Workshop
In class: Project 3 and Presentation Development
We.7 Workshop
In class: Course evaluations
In class: Project 3 and Presentation Development
DUE: Twitter Checklist and Reflective Essay

15.Week of Apr. 12-18
Mo.12 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation
We.14 Ignite Series, cont.
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation
DUE: Project 3: 3.33 Ways

16.Finals Week - Apr. 19-23
Mo.19 DUE: Final Exam

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Office: 612M Pray-Harrold
Winter 2010 office hours: MW, 10-11 a.m., Tu., 9-Noon, and by appointment
Phone: (315) 708-3940 (cell)
derek.mueller@emich.edu
http://derekmueller.net/rc/

 

"Neither The Elements of Style nor any other style book can be the definitive text on writing in every genre or media." —ENGL328 student, Fall 2009

"We concentrate on utility at the expense of joie de vivre. And we then wonder, as de Tocqueville prophesied we would, why life has lost its savor" (19). —Richard Lanham, Style: An Anti-textbook

"Let us collectively raise the level of discourse online. What starts as a relentless tide of simple-minded chatter resembles the most perfect wave of literary turbulence under the right conditions" (89). —Dom Sagolla, 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form

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