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PWR 1 Course Description Template

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Please note: the portions in bold (assignment titles and requirements) need to be reproduced verbatim in your course description.  Course descriptions should be no more than 3500 characters in length, including spaces.

Title: [Insert your title here - it can be no more than 100 characters long.]

Description: [Aim to write 2-3 paragraphs here, about 300 words.  These opening paragraphs should include an opening hook, concrete examples and a discussion of the relationship between student writing, rhetorical education, and course theme. Try to include examples of specific problems, topics, or issues to help students from a range of disciplines imagine the work they might do in the course.]

Examples of research topics. [Include the following language and then list possible topics. Sample topics should be listed here rather than embedded in the TiC and RBA assignment descriptions] For this course, you will engage in an in-depth research project spanning several weeks.  Sample research topics you might pursue [insert here]

PWR 1 Assignment Sequence                                                                              

Rhetorical Analysis (1500-1800 words; 5-6 pages):  This assignment asks you to analyze the rhetorical strategies of a text of your choice that makes an argument about [theme]. [You can customize this sentence to your theme and approach to the assignment, perhaps giving examples of the types of texts students might analyze.]

Texts in Conversation (1800-2400 words; 6-8 pages): This assignment marks the beginning of your research project. Here, you will research and investigate the larger research question you’d like to explore relating to the topic. You’ll analyze how different sources, voices, and perspectives inform the larger conversation about your topic. [If you modify this language, be sure to still describe the assignment and its main goal or purpose as well as specific projects or activities associated with the assignment.]

Research-Based Argument (3600-4500 words; 12-15 pages):  Your RBA is the final product of this course where your voice enters into the conversation. Here is where you’ll build on and expand the work you began with the Texts in Conversation assignment by integrating a variety of sources to produce your own complex, provocative argument as it relates to your topic. [Again, if you choose to customize this language to reflect your approach to the assignment, make sure to still describe the assignment and its main goal or purpose as well as specific projects or activities associated with the assignment. Try to indicate a link to the TiC and/or that the RBA builds on the topic established/work done in the TiC assignment.]

[Optional: a “Notes” section including additions such as unique course activities, field trips, visitors, particular methods or tasks.]