Course Calendar

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Date Content DUE for the day—so read BEFORE class!
M 1/7 Introduction to RCL II and classmates

Unit Five: “This I Believe”

W 1/9 Discuss “This I Believe” Project

 

Read: NPR Prompt (https://thisibelieve.org/about/);

“This I Believe” Assignment Guidelines

Listen: at least 3 “This I Believe” podcasts

Draft: Podcast topic ideas

F 1/11 Introduction to RCL II Blogging

 

The Art of Plowing – In-class brainstorming, writing, use of prompts

Read: Civic Issues blog thread information:

http://sites.psu.edu/bedellrcl2/rcl-ii-blogging/

 

Read: James Baldwin, “Notes of a Native Son”

 

 

M 1/14  

Creating a “Personal Narrative”

Narrative Paradigm – Walter Fisher

 

Read: Lamott, Bird by Bird & Shitty First Drafts (Canvas)

Read: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-power-and-perils-of-speaking-your-truth/549968/?utm_source=atlfb

W 1/16 Voice, Style, Conflict

 

Bring draft of TIB to class.

Read: Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect”: https://www.vogue.com/article/joan-didion-self-respect-essay-1961

F 1/18 Lab Session: Garage Band Tutorial

CI Blog Group Formation

Meet in 140W Pattee
M 1/21 NO CLASS

MLK DAY

Post blog urls to google docs:

Civic Issue: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_ntewWt_BABNW6jUSVBcAkrc8mXFuOCly6h0FxqkpUA/edit?usp=sharing

Passion and RCL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N85Ui6wm3O1GK7-k-9jYzU_6hFMbwBMdBchPRMdqMQU/edit?usp=sharing

 

W 1/23 “This I Believe” Workshop Draft 2: “This I Believe” script; in-class readings, critiques

  • By 5pm Wednesday: Red Bloggers post their first Civic Issues blog by Wednesday at 5pm
F 1/25 Blogging, Session 2
  • Prepare first Passion Blog entry; post by 8am.
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

 

M 1/28 Unit Six: Deliberating

What is Deliberation?

Conversation and Discussion

DUE: “This I Believe” Podcast

Read: Gastil, “Conversation and Discussion”; Deliberation Assignment Guidelines

W 1/30 Topic Selection and Framing

Values, Types of Problems

Read: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/how-to-win-the-culture-war-sell-a-better-version-of-economic-fairness/274409/?single_page=true

The articles on this page: http://sites.psu.edu/bedellrcl2/2018/01/28/the-state-of-discourse/

“A Matter of Integrity” –https://www.americanbar.org/publications/insights_on_law_andsociety/13/winter_2013/a_matter_of_integritycivilityandpoliticaldiscourse.html

By 5pm: Blue Bloggers post their first Civic Issues blog.

F 2/1 Blogging, Week 3

Continued topic selection and framing work.

No Formal Class – Teams work on topic selection; teams should have topic decisions for Monday’s class.

  • Read: NIF booklet examples
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 2/4 Researching and Framing Deliberation Topics

Establishing Three Approaches

Discuss Personal Stakes and Deliberation

Read: “Framing for Deliberation” PDF; Stasis PDF;

“Naming and Framing Difficult Issues” PDF; “Traits of Successful Framing” PDF

W 2/6 In-class workshop; research, writing, honing language Read: “Framing for Deliberation” PDF; Stasis PDF;

“Naming and Framing Difficult Issues” PDF; “Traits of Successful Framing” PDF

  • By 5pm:  Green Bloggers post first Civic Issues blog.
F 2/8 Moderating

Blogging, Week 4

  • Prepare Passion Blog post #2; post by 8am.
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 2/11 Facilitating a Deliberation; Personal Stakes, facilitation questions

Team Presentations

Read: “The Role of the Facilitator” PDF
W 2/13 Mock Deliberations Draft: Group’s Deliberation Issue Guide—submit in advance of your group’s deliberation

By 5pm:  Purple Bloggers post first Civic Issues blog.

F 2/15 Mock Deliberations

Blogging, Week 5

  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

FINAL Deliberation Guide DUE by class–bring hard copy to class and upload to Canvas.

M 2/18 Introduction to Unit 7

Post Deliberation Report Discussion

Discuss differences between deliberation, persuasion and advocacy. Look at examples and consider Rhetorical Situation, and role of Kairos and Stasis in messages and messaging.

 Review: Kairos, Stasis in green text.
W 2/20 Discuss Issue Brief Characteristics – claims, evidence, feasibility; motivational sequence strategy Read: Persuasion Chapter in green text

By 5pm: Red Bloggers post second Civic Issues blog

F 2/22 No Formal Class
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #3; post by 8am.
M 2/25 Discuss Readings Read: assigned Issue Brief examples

Read: Dow “Politicizing Voice”; Alcoff “The Problem of Speaking for Others”;

Read: Obama/Race post on home page

W 2/27 View/discuss advocacy example elements/ effectiveness; identify and discuss kairos/stasis  

  • By 5pm: Blue Bloggers post second Civic Issue blog.
F 3/1 No Formal Class
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

 

M 3/4-3/8 NO CLASS—SPRING BREAK
M 3/11 Research strategies

Review formatting for issue briefs

W 3/13 Review of  Issue Brief Example; step-by-step identification of issue brief elements

 

  • Read: Assigned issue brief
  • By 5pm: Green Bloggers post second Civic Issues blog.
F 3/15 Blogging, Week 7
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #4.

DUE: Post-Deliberation Report

M 3/18 Issue Brief Workshop Draft: Issue Brief

Read: Persuasive Fallacies article (https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/fallacies/)

W 3/20 Audience & Modal Choices

Advocacy

  • By 5pm: Purple Bloggers post second Civic Issues blog.

 

F 3/22 Blogging, Week 8
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 3/25 Advocacy Project Workshop Draft: Advocacy Project Ideas

 

http://time.com/3525038/photographer-as-witness-a-portrait-of-domestic-violence/

W 3/27 Advocacy, persuasion, ethics
  • By 5pm: Red Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

F 3/29 More on Ethics
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #5; post by 8am.
M 4/1 Art as Advocacy Discussion & Examples  DUE: Issue Brief Final Draft – In class and on Canvas
W 4/3 Protest as Advocacy

Presentation signups

 

 

  • By 5pm: Blue Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

F 4/5 Blogging, Week 10
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 4/8 Advocacy Presentations
W 4/10 Advocacy Presentations
  • By 5pm: Green Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

F 4/12 Advocacy Presentations
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #6; post by 8am.
M 4/15 Unit Eight: Presenting Yourself

Introduce e-Portfolio

Read: e-Portfolio Guidelines

 

W 4/17 Purpose and Audience for e-Portfolios

Digital Modes and Platforms

  • By 5pm: Purple Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

 

F 4/19 Personal Narrative Workshop
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

Read: Section 4 about Online Portfolios (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styleforstudents/book/export/html/1797).

Read: The Essential Guide to Rhetoric, chapter 7

All Advocacy Project Materials Due on Canvas (including photos of events-
unless special arrangements have been made with me for later event dates).

M 4/22 Tips and Possibilities

**bring laptop to draft in class**

 

W 4/24 ePortfolio Drafting Workshop  
F 4/26 ePortfolio Peer Review Workshop
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #7; post by 8am.

Draft: ePortfolio Draft

M 4/29 DUE by 5:00 pm: ePortfolio Introduction & Link