Thursday, October 2, 2008

Paper Assignment; Due 10/14 in class

RHETORIC 140 PAPER ASSIGNMENT #1
Prof. Daniel Coffeen

DUE DATE: Tuesday, October 14, in class.

Please note: Late papers will receive a merciless and automatic “F.” This is not a joke.

Assignment
Do a reading of an image or film we've seen this semester. You may refer to texts we've read but your main focus should be your reading of the visual object. You may choose an image from the blog.

Specifications
The paper will be no more than TWO pages—and not one word more. It may be less.

All papers will have:
  • 1-inch margins on the top and bottom; 1.25 on the sides;
  • page numbers;
  • 11-point font;
  • double-space;
  • NO title page; include the title on the first page along with your name, the date, the class, my name.

Never, ever, under any circumstances, use the following words or phrases: “also,” “in addition,” “further,” “furthermore,” “in sum.” You will lose a full grade (from A to B).

Things to keep in mind
  • Be textual. Remain textual. Talk about the object.
  • Don't talk about yourself: talk about the viewer and the object.
  • Cut to the chase. Have a hook. Begin with an argument.
  • Do not talk about what "we" do or what humans do or what people normally do. Talk about the object and what it does.
  • Don’t try to be too fancy.
  • Don’t curse.
  • Don’t forget a title.

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