Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions

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Dr. Reginald Martin
rmartin@memphis.edu


English 3604 is designed to teach persuasive writing skills. Two-fourths of the course will focus on classical Aristotelian persuasion; one fourth of the class will be devoted to Rogerian and Toulmin argument; and one fourth of the class will be devoted to learning to deliver your persuasion orally. There will be appropriate drills and exercises on statistics as support (computational intensive) and short written texts (writing intensive). Information on how to prepare intertextual notes, end notes, footnotes and works cited sheets will also be included in the course.

Required Text: Current Issues and Enduring Questions. By Barnet and Bedau; NY: St. Martin’s, 2007   ISBN-10: 0312459866; ISBN-13: 978-0312459864

Sample exercises may also be drawn from The Professional Writing Workbook by Reginald Martin; Selected materials on persuasive writing will also be on reserve in the reserve room of the library and must be consulted.

Grade Summary

Paper Units = 50%
Group Work = 10%
Final Exam = 15%
Final Persuasion = 25%

Keep a record of your grades.  The scale is: 100-90 = A; 89-80 = B; 79-70 = C; 69-60 = D; below 60 = F

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