Course Calendar

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Date Content DUE for the day—so read BEFORE class!
M 1/8 Introduction to RCL II and classmates

Unit Five: “This I Believe”

W 1/10 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 1/12 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/

 

 

M 1/15 NO CLASS—MLK DAY
W 1/17 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

F 1/19 Lab Session: Garage Band Tutorial

CI Blog Group Formation

M 1/22 Voice, Style, Conflict Draft: TIB

Post blog urls: If you are late in posting, email your links to lab41@psu.edu

W 1/24 “This I Believe” Workshop Draft: “This I Believe” script; in-class readings, critiques

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

  • By 5pm Wednesday: Red Bloggers post their first Civic Issues blog by Wednesday at 5pm
F 1/26 Blogging, Session 2
  • Prepare first Passion Blog entry; post by 8am.
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

 

M 1/29 Unit Six: Deliberating

What is Deliberation?

Conversation and Discussion

DUE: “This I Believe” Podcast

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

W 1/31 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 2/2 Blogging, Week 3

Continued topic selection and framing work.

 

  • Read: NIF booklet examples
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 2/5 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 2/7 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 2/9 Moderating

Blogging, Week 4

  • Prepare Passion Blog post #2; post by 8am.
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 2/12 Facilitating a Deliberation; Personal Stakes, facilitation questions

Team Presentations

Read: “The Role of the Facilitator” PDF
W 2/14 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 2/16 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 2/19 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 2/21 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 2/23 No Formal Class
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #3; post by 8am.
M 2/26 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 2/28 View/discuss advocacy example elements/ effectiveness; identify and discuss kairos/stasis  

  • By 5pm: Blue Bloggers post second Civic Issue blog.
F 3/2 No Formal Class
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.

 

M 3/5-9 NO CLASS—SPRING BREAK
M 3/12 Research strategies

Review formatting for issue briefs

W 3/14 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 3/16 Blogging, Week 7
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #4.

DUE: Post-Deliberation Report

M 3/19 Issue Brief Workshop Draft: Issue Brief

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

W 3/21 Audience & Modal Choices

Advocacy

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

 

F 3/23 Blogging, Week 8
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 3/26 Advocacy Project Workshop Draft: Advocacy Project Ideas

 

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

W 3/28 Advocacy, persuasion, ethics
  • By 5pm: Red Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

F 3/30 More on Ethics
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #5; post by 8am.
M 4/2 Art as Advocacy Discussion & Examples  DUE: Issue Brief Final Draft – In class and on Canvas
W 4/4 Protest as Advocacy

Presentation signups

 

 

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

 

F 4/6 Blogging, Week 10
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
M 4/9 Advocacy Presentations
W 4/11 Advocacy Presentations
  • By 5pm: Green Bloggers post third Civic Issues blog

 

F 4/13 Advocacy Presentations
  • Post responses to group’s Civic Issue post by 8am.
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #6; post by 8am.
M 4/16 Unit Eight: Presenting Yourself

Introduce e-Portfolio

Read: e-Portfolio Guidelines

 

W 4/18 Purpose and Audience for e-Portfolios

Digital Modes and Platforms

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

 

 

F 4/20 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 4/23 Tips and Possibilities

**bring laptop to draft in class**

 

W 4/25 ePortfolio Drafting Workshop  
F 4/27 ePortfolio Peer Review Workshop
  • Prepare Passion Blog post #7; post by 8am.

Draft: ePortfolio Draft

M 4/30 DUE by 5:00 pm: ePortfolio Introduction & Link