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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 Aug. 31-Sept. 2
We.31 Introductions
In class: Syllabus and Schedule

2.Week of Sept. 5-9
Mo.5 Labor Day - No classes
We.7 How Technology Enframes: A Brief History
Read: Baron, "From Pencils to Pixels" (PDF)
In-class: P1.Elements of Style Remake setup
*DUE: SP#1

3.Week of Sept. 12-16
Mo.12 How Style Enframes: Another Brief History
Read: Crowley and Hawhee, "Style," Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, pp. 229-263 (PDF)
We.14 The Elements of Style
Project: What is a remake?
Read: Strunk and White, The Elements of Style, Foreword, Introduction, and pp. 1-33.
Read: Any two articles/pieces from EM-Journal issue 1.1 Elements
Mapping Rules and Principles: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

4.Week of Sept. 19-23
Mo.19 The Elements of Style, cont.
Read: Pell, The Marquis de Sade Elements of Style, selections (PDF)
Read: Elements of Style, pp. 34-85.
We.21 P1 Peer Response Workshop
Bring materials and drafts
In class: Project development

5.Week of Sept. 26-30 (Conferences)
Mo.26 DUE: P1.Elements of Style Remake
In class: P2.Style Analysis Setup
We.28 Characters and Actions
Read: Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Preface and pp. 1-43 (PDF)
*DUE: SP#2

6.Week of Oct. 3-7 (Conferences)
Mo.3 Navigating Genres
Read: Dirk, "Navigating Genres" (PDF)
We.5 P2 Peer Response Workshop
Bring materials and drafts
In class: Project development

7.Week of Oct. 10-14 (Conferences)
Mo.10 DUE: P2.Style Analysis
We.12 In class: Midterm Evaluation
Introduce 3.33 Ways
Choosing a nonfiction passage
Project One revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)
Fr.14 DUE: P2.Style Analysis

8.Week of Oct. 17-21
Mo.17 Sentences
Read: Tufte, "Short Sentences," from Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style (PDF)
*DUE: SP#3
In class: Syntax analysis for style's sake
We.19 Paramedic Method
Read: From Lanham's The Longman Guide to Revising Prose (PDF)
In class: Applying the P-M

9.Week of Oct. 24-28
Mo.24 Oulipo Logic
Read: Selection from Queneau, Exercises in Style (PDF)
Read: Selections from Matt Madden (PDF)
P3: Commit to a non-fiction passage
We.26 Workshop - Writing with Pictures
Read: Selections from Scott McCloud (PDF)
In class: Blaze: Writing with Pictures
*DUE: SP#4

10.Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Mo.31 Typography
Helvetica film (11 a.m. class meets in Halle G07B)
We.2 Imagetext
Read: Wysocki, "Awaywithwords: On the Possibilities in Unavailable Designs" (PDF)
*DUE: SP#5
Project Two revision due (see "Add-ons" in syllabus)

11.Week of Nov. 7-11
Mo.7 Ignite Series
Read: Selection from Reynolds' Presentation Zen (PDF)
DUE: Draft of P3.3.33 Ways
In class: Ignite Series Overview
Addiction! Staying Afloat in the Age of the Stream (in class)
We.9 Workshop
In class: Project 3 and Presentation Development

12.Week of Nov. 14-18
Mo.14 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation (11 a.m. class meets in Halle G07B)
We.16 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation (11 a.m. class meets in Halle G07B)

13.Week of Nov. 21-25
Mo.21 Ignite Series
In class: Presentation comment-evaluation (11 a.m. class meets in Halle G07B)
DUE: P3.3.33 Ways
We.23 Thanksgiving Recess - No classes

14.Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Mo.28 P3.Poster
Assemble design support teams
Poster development (tutorial)
We.30 P3.Poster
In-class: Selective Review

15.Week of Dec. 5-9
Mo.5 P3.Poster
In-class: Selective Review
We.7 P3.Poster
In-class: Selective Review

16.Week of Dec. 12
Mo. 12
Final exam overview
Poster reviews
DUE: P3.Poster (carry printed copy to class)

17. Week of Dec. 13-19 Finals Week
We.14 DUE: Final Exam

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"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

"Style, as we know it, is not 'mechanics' but, rather, a rhetorical canon inseparable from the contingencies of purpose, audience, form, and historical or social context in which a communicative act takes place" (327). —Cornelius Cosgrove, "What Our Graduates Write"

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