Read The New York Times articles and reflect on how you can incorporate the ideas about writing into your own work.

You’ll turn in a version of a rhetorical precis every Tuesday (via Schoology) of approximately 300 words. You must incorporate the ideas from the articles in your writing.

These will be graded as Pass/Fail at 30 points each. You will not get credit if they are turned in late but you may re-craft your paper if you receive a fail.

Week 1

8/25

My Life’s Sentences

Week 2

9/1

The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative

Week 3

9/8

A Picture of Language

Week 4

9/15

Desperately Seeking Synonyms 

Week 5

9/22

Skyscapes

Week 6

9/29

Make-or-Break Verbs 

Week 7

10/6

Talking With Your Fingers

Week 8

10/13

The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive 

Week 9

10/20

Just the Facts

Week 10

10/27

Turning a Phrase 

Week 11

11/3

The Most Comma Mistakes

Week 12

11/10

Some Comma Questions

Week 13

11/17

Sentences Crisp, Sassy, Stirring 

Week 14

11/24

Using Undictionaried Words

Week 15

12/1

The Sound of a Sentence 

Week 16

12/8

Taming Sentences 

Week 17

12/15

The Voice of the Storyteller 


Semester 2

Week 18

1/5

Semicolons: A Love Story

Week 19

1/12

A Matter of Fashion

Week 20

1/19

What Is Real Is Imagined

Week 21

1/26

Zombie Nouns

Week 22

2/2

The Power and Glory of Sportswriting

Week 23

2/9

The Point of Exclamation

Week 24

2/16

Where Do Sentences Come From?

Week 25

2/23

Act Like a Writer

Week 26

3/1

Stupid Writer Tricks

Week 27

3/8

The Art of Repetition

Week 28

3/22

Writing and Fear

Week 29

3/29

On Writing With Others

Week 30

4/5

How to Listen

Week 31

4/12

Tell Their Secrets

Week 32

4/19

Should We Write What We Know?

Week 33

4/26

Writers as Architects

Week 34

5/3

A Writer By Any Other Name - write this one as an exercise of the same sort as in the article

You will write a rhetorical precis, followed by two reflective paragraphs.

Make sure your writing in these papers is intelligent, engaging, and that you’ve really thought about the ideas about writing. Writing can be taught, but you must write a lot in order to improve. Make it count.