I collected and checked the Lincoln prompt annotations at the start of class. Then I defined rhetoric and explained to students what we had to look for in examining the rhetorical situation of a text (persona of the speaker, exigence/context, audience, purpose). We practiced this with the 2005 Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech, and then students attempted their own analysis of the rhetorical situation for Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Homework: finish the rhetorical situation (PEAP) handout for the Lincoln speech.
College professors frequently lament the poor writing skills of the students who enter their classrooms, particularly straight out of high school. This course is designed to help you succeed in not only a freshman composition course, but in college altogether. Students will learn to think critically, read analytically, and communicate with clarity and confidence.
While students may earn college credit if they receive a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam (depending on their chosen college), the ultimate goal of this course is to prepare students for the rigors of college writing.