ENGL 112 Composition Course


ENGL 112 Composition Course
Provide a brief summary of the topic. Explain the current issues surrounding the topic and share…


ENGL 112 Composition Course

ENGL 112 Composition Course


Profile Process Piece-Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation Week 1 

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My chosen topic for next week’s paper is about Clara Kirk, a woman who has a shelter setup in place to help women and children in need.

I can show the perspective of the Anonymous donator, who helped save the shelters before it was too late.  Since I’ve actually physically worked…

The Profile Essay Anonymous Donor Saves Shelters Week 2 

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Using the plans you outlined in last week’s Profile Process Piece assignment, you are now ready to compose the Profile essay. Be sure to read this week’s lecture and Chapter 5 in your text for more information about writing profiles, keeping these key components in mind:

  • Profiles take a specific angle that shares a significant issue, important contribution, or surprising quality of a person, place, or event.
  • Profiles are not full life stories; instead, they share a fresh perspective on a larger issue.
  • Profiles require writers to take a close look at a subject and use detail and description to bring the subject to life.
  • The subject of the Profile should focus on a local person, place, or event, meaning the subject should be a part of the writer’s local neighborhood, community, or town.
  • The audience of the Profile essay is the local community. Imagine the readers as neighbors and local community members.

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Two women’s shelter that have basically been on life support for nearly two decades are now fighting to keep their doors open as more and…

Extended Draft Outline of Rhetorical Analysis

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This week, you will be working on the Rhetorical Analysis by starting to draft and organize your ideas. You will submit an Extended Draft Outline this week to the Dropbox for your professor to grade. The purpose of this assignment is to begin collecting information and putting it in writing as you prepare for the 3- to 4-page final Rhetorical Analysis you will submit in Week 4.

First, read this week’s lecture and begin Chapter 8 in your text. Then go to the search engine of your choice and search for a print advertisement to use as the subject of your Rhetorical Analysis. You will need to provide a URL for your chosen ad, so be sure it is available online. Your chosen ad can be current or vintage. If you would like to analyze an ad from a different time period, type the phrase “vintage ads” into your browser.

Choose an ad that you can analyze based on its rhetorical appeals (reasoning, character, and emotion), and be sure the ad you choose is intriguing to you. Please make sure that your chosen ad is appropriate for classroom use and the workplace.

Locate the file “Week 3 Extended Draft Outline template” in Doc Sharing. Use this template and follow the format provided to create your extended draft outline this week. You’ll need to identify and describe the ad, draft a thesis, identify the use of rhetorical appeals, and draft a conclusion.

At the end of your extended draft outline, copy and paste the URL or website address for your ad (it will begin with http://) so that your readers can also view the ad.

Successful assignments will:

  1. identify an advertisement, current or vintage, that’s appropriate for a college-level audience;
  2. include a draft of the introduction and conclusion (minimum of one paragraph each);
  3. include a tentative thesis statement at the end of the introduction;
  4. include details to establish the visual description and context of the ad;
  5. identify the various ways rhetorical appeals are used; and
  6. be typed and submitted as a Microsoft Word 2010 document (.docx) using 12-point font.


When companies want to encourage customers to believe or purchase something, they tend to use different types of rhetoric to try and deliver their messages. One of the many types of rhetorical appeals is called…

The Rhetorical Analysis-Zooey Deschanel Final Essay

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This week, you will use the drafting and planning work from the Week 3 Extended Draft Outline to write the final three- to four-page Rhetorical Analysis essay. Draw upon last week’s assignment, the lecture, and textbook reading to help you understand and meet the requirements for the Rhetorical Analysis. Other than finding your chosen ad online, no outside research is required for this essay…..

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When companies want to encourage customers to believe or purchase something, they use different rhetorical strategies to convince consumers to…

Perspective Prewriting with Perspective Summary-Billionaires

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Your assignment this week asks you to choose your Commentary topic, issue, and angle, and to begin understanding how your own position fits into the larger conversation. To accomplish this overall goal, you’ll need to begin by reviewing viable topics, listening to the conversations surrounding them, and ultimately determining which topic is most fitting for the assignment needs….

Provide a brief summary of the topic. Explain the current issues surrounding the topic and share at least two different positions on the topic. As this is a summary, this section should be written in your own words; however, you must first conduct research to complete this section. Find at least two sources that offer differing perspectives on this topic and summarize their points of view. In your summary, also explain who the author or publishing organization is and how he, she, or it relates to the topic. Although we will be learning more about APA style next week, use Chapter 26 in your textbook and our APA class tutorials to provide full references for both sources….

  1. What is your chosen topic, and how did you come across it? Why is it interesting to you? What do you personally hope to gain or accomplish by writing about this topic?
  2. Provide a brief summary of the topic. Explain the current issues surrounding the topic and share at least two different positions on the topic.
  3. What specific issue will you write about within the larger topic, and what unique angle will you provide?
  4. Define your audience. Who are they, and what are their needs, motivations, and influences? In what ways will you need to structure your writing to appeal to them?

What is your chosen topic, and how did you come across it? Why is it interesting to you? What do you personally hope to gain or accomplish by writing about this topic?    


My audience will consist of my fellow students, my teachers, and the people within the community.  They will be the average Joes and Janes who may have been part of the 99% in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  They are the ones who will likely have negative perceptions about billionaires…

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The Commentary Rough Draft Billionaires-They are Just Once of Us

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The first three pages of your Commentary rough draft are due this week. This week’s draft should include the following…


Forbes Magazine reported that the number of billionaires increased in 2013, with their aggregate net worth increasing from $4.6 trillion to $5.4 trillion (“Forbes Billionaires”). The United States is again the country with the most number of…

The Final Commentary Essay Billionaires Week 7 – 5 Pages

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Drawing on the Week 5 Topic Selection Prewriting activity and last week’s draft, you are now required to submit your final, polished Commentary essay. Be sure to review this week’s lecture for tips to guide you through the revision process and for a checklist of assignment requirements. Also review the Week 8 Final Commentary Rubric in Doc Sharing for additional guidance….


Forbes Magazine reported that the number of billionaires increased in 2013, with their aggregate net worth increasing from $4.6 trillion to $5.4 trillion (“Forbes Billionaires”).  The United States is again the country with the most number of billionaires at 442 billionaires (“Forbes Billionaires”).  However,…

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The Commentary Context Revision and Postscript Billionaires

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The concepts of genre, process writing, audience, and personal influence have been common themes throughout this course, and the final assignment asks you to demonstrate your knowledge in these areas. To do so, you will rework your Commentary essay into a short document that will either be submitted as a letter to the editor to a specified publication, or published as a blog post. Your goal is not to summarize your entire essay for this new context, but to instead share one important point as an addition to the public conversation. As you review the Commentary essay final you submitted last week, think about the most important point you would leave with readers if you had only a limited amount of time to express yourself; that one main point is where you’ll want to focus this revision assignment.


Amidst the news about how the number of billionaires are increasing while the predicament of the poor seems to be worsening (Blow, 2013), I can definitely understand the ire that people have towards the rich who seem to be enjoying lavish…

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Discussions Week 1-7

Course Discussions Week 1-7 All Students Posts – 440 Pages 

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Week 1 All Students Posts – 78 Pages

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The Brand of You – 48 Pages 

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As discussed in this week’s lecture, the Brand of You is created from the perception you give others through your writing. In creating the brand of you, how do you decide what to tell, how to tell it, and what to leave out? If given the task of introducing your personal brand through writing, what specific characteristics or attributes of yourself would you share? What stories would serve to provide the greatest impact? What memories would be the most telling in introducing who you are?

Though we’ll work to answer these questions throughout the week, let’s do a concrete exercise to get started: First, in seven words, tell us who you are and what you do. Try to draft a phrase that serves as our introduction to you (see examples below). Place this phrase in the subject line of your response post and then provide us with details to show us how this title represents your personal brand. Using vivid, concrete, descriptive words, share an example, anecdote, or scenario that brings your personal brand to life for your audience and provides an impression of who you are. This example should be written as the content of your actual post and should, at minimum, be at least one full paragraph.

Here are some examples of seven-word biographies:

  • Hopeless romantic infatuated with all movie stars
  • Creative entomologist enjoys bees, hives, and honey
  • Desperate Facebook user needs to go outside…

Discovering an Angle – 30 Pages 

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Spend some time searching online news sources, such as npr.org, cnn.com, msnbc.com, or your own local news outlet. Although it’s often hard to find topics that are entirely new, the key to communicating a topic through writing is to present it with a fresh angle. What topics are you finding in the news today? What new angles are being presented? What current events or social changes have prompted these new angles?…

Week 2 All Students Posts – 58 Pages

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The Profile Genre – 26 Pages 

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Take a look at the article’s online presentation here and discuss how the context of the article impacts the rhetorical situation. How does the type of publication and medium of delivery impact the purpose and audience of this piece? What might have been Wilkinson’s occasion for writing? How do the photos that accompany the article contribute to the impression of Grohl that is expressed in the essay? Please read Carl Wilkinson’s profile, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, on pages 622–626 of your text. What writing techniques does Wilkinson use to meet the profile genre? How do these strategies help establish meaning, and what impression do they leave about Grohl?…

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Getting Started Writing – 32 Pages

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As you read the drafts of your peers’ introductions, what are some key takeaways? Are you gaining any ideas for how you might improve your writing by reviewing some of the strategies others are using? What revisions might you make to your introduction based on the feedback from your peers? Drawing on one of the strategies for writing introductions outlined in your text or the lecture, post a draft of your introductory paragraph(s) as your first post. Then, throughout the week, reply to your classmates with feedback on their introductory paragraphs. Note how or why an introduction caught your attention and explain what impression it gives you about the essay’s larger purpose. Also explain how your classmate’s voice, tone, or diction contributes to the overall effectiveness of the introduction…

Week 3 All Students Posts – 62 Pages

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Analyzing Persuasive Messages – 31 Pages 

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First, read this week’s lecture. Then search the Internet for an ad that is especially interesting to you and that you would enjoy analyzing. The ad does not have to be a “vintage” ad. Remember to include the URL or website address from your chosen ad; it will begin with http:// –copy and paste it at the end of your essay. Give examples of the rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, or pathos) in the advertisement. Pages 143-164 from your text will also be helpful as you begin working on this assignment. What makes an ad succeed or flop? Think about specific print or television advertisements that have either stuck with you or made you turn your eyes, and explain what works or what doesn’t. In your response, be sure to consider the impact the rhetorical appeals of reasoning, credibility, and emotion play in the ad’s effectiveness…

Writing With Style – 31 Pages  

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In last week’s profile essay, you wrote to your local community. This week, you are writing to an audience of college-level peers. What changes will you make in your style and voice to adapt to this new audience? In what ways do people adopt a particular writing style or voice? How does your style or voice change in different writing situations? Please share an example in your response…

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Week 4 All Students Posts – 60 Pages

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The Role of Truth in Ad Campaigns – 31 Pages 

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What do you think about Truth’s philosophy statement We ♥ Smokers? Read Discovering the Truth: The Operation of Ethos in Anti-Smoking Advertising, by Rebecca Feldmann, on pp. 678–685 in your text. In this essay, Feldmann dissects the way the Truth antismoking campaign has achieved results by appealing to a teenage audience’s need for independence and rebellion. She notes that the campaign’s strategy has encouraged teens to stand up against the smoking industry. By accepting Truth’s agenda, however, Feldmann asks, “how is the advertising strategy of the Truth campaign that different from the deceiving strategies employed by tobacco advertising?” (p. 683). On YouTube or through an Internet search, find the Truth website and some of its antismoking videos. After learning more about the organization and viewing some of its ads, what is your response to the question Feldmann poses above?…

Revising and Refining – 29 Pages 

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Conduct a self-analysis of a portion of your essay. In your first response post, copy and paste the paragraph of your Rhetorical Analysis essay that describes your chosen advertisement. After you have posted the paragraph, explain how you might revise specific sentences to include more vivid details so that readers can better see what you are writing about. As peers, please also reply to some of your classmates’ posts, providing feedback on what is working well and any suggestions you might give for more vivid description….

Week 5 All Students Posts – 62 Pages

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Forming a Position Writing – 25 Pages 

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Let’s use our discussion forum as a space to practice writing and to determine the viability of possible topics. To begin, find a topic that is currently in the news and provide us with some brief background (the who, what, when, where, and how of the topic). Then continue your summary by explaining the positions others hold on the topic. What do the true believers of the issue think? What do the ultimate doubters have to say? Finally, what is your position on the issue? Remember: The best topics aren’t just focused on pro/con debates. Though this activity asks you to look at the extreme sides of the issue, your opinion might fall somewhere in the middle or contain elements of each side….

Beginning Research – 37 Pages

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This week’s assignment asks you to begin researching your chosen topic and to summarize other perspectives on your issue. Begin by reviewing the library tutorial from the class lecture. Then use the Academic Search Premier database via the DeVry Library to begin searching for sources. Once you have found a source, summarize it in a post below. Then discuss the credibility of the source by identifying the author’s background, credentials, and relationship to the topic. Make an overall assertion regarding whether or not the source is credible, and explain why. Finally, use the APA resources in class and Chapter 28 in your text to write out the full reference of the source, and include that in your post….

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Week 6 All Students Posts – 61 Pages

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Position-Based Writing – 25 Pages 

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Who is Bronski trying to appeal to?  If it might not be those against gay marriage, could he be trying to get the support of homosexuals to fight for some of the other issues he mentions rather than gay marriage? Please read “A Gay Man’s Case Against Gay Marriage” by Michael Bronski on pages 688–689 of your text. Then reply with your analysis of the rhetorical situation of the essay. What is Bronski’s reason for writing? What is his purpose and angle? Who do you think his audience might be? Finally, think about the writing strategies Bronski uses to achieve his overall purpose. Based on our discussions of commentary and argumentative writing, what strategies do you think he relies upon to present his position?…

Integrating Research in APA Style – 36 Pages 

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Last week, you were introduced to the Academic Search Premier database through the library tutorial in your lecture. Because you are drafting this week, share one paragraph with us here that shows how you’ve integrated a source into your writing. The source should be summarized, paraphrased, or directly quoted. Additionally, an in-text citation and author tag should be present. Finally, provide the full end reference in APA style with us here as well. This is not only practice for drafting this week, but it’s also a good way to receive some feedback from your peers on your writing….

The Revision Process Week 7 – 22 Pages

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This week, we’ll be sharing our writing publicly in a class peer review. In order to make this process run smoothly, please be sure to follow the instructions noted below.

  1. Find your name on the peer review assignment list provided by your professor to determine whether you are in Group A, B, or C.
  2. Once you have located your assigned group, join that discussion area and hit “reply” to the initial prompt.  In your reply, leave feedback for your classmates with general information about your draft. Explain the current state of your draft, your plans to add content, and your revision plans. If you have specific questions for the peers who will review your draft, or want to provide them with any additional information, please do so in your initial post.
  3. Attach your current draft to your initial post. This must be completed no later than Tuesday night (midnight MT).
  4. Find the two peers who have posted after you in terms of time. Read their attached essays and any notes they left to accompany the draft. Find the Week 7 Peer Review Worksheet in Doc Sharing and download it. Complete the form separately for each of the two peers whose drafts you will be reviewing.
  5. Return your completed Peer Review Worksheet as an attachment in a response post to each of your peers separately. This must be completed no later than Friday night (midnight MT).
  6. Continue to check into your group Discussion area in the event your peers pose any follow-up questions.

Continue to check into your group Discussion area in the event your peers pose any follow-up questions.

Reflect upon the draft you submitted last week. As you move forward, what is your number-one goal for continued drafting and revising this week?  Do you have a clear, one-sentence thesis at the end of your introduction, and do the body paragraphs begin with topic sentences that relate to the main points in your thesis? These are elements that make a piece of writing clear and easy to follow…

Peer Review Team A – 7 Pages

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Peer Review Team B – 6 Pages

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Peer Review Team C – 9 Pages

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The Revision Process and Peer Review – 44 Pages 

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