CO 300 - Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits
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Reading, analyzing, researching, and writing arguments.

In CO 300 Writing Arguments, we will compose a variety of argumentative texts in various modes. Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to the diverse forms of communication in terms of their persuasive and convincing aspects. These forms include: text, sound, still and moving images.

A large focus of this course is geared toward understanding and composing messages for specific audiences and purposes. Assignments in CO 300 will encourage adaptation of content and style when responding to the needs of different audiences and rhetorical situations.

Through this process, students will extend their rhetorical knowledge, their experience in writing processes, and their mastery of writing conventions.

Throughout CO 300, students will:

  • Practice critically reading texts about the rhetoric of argument as well as critical analysis of sample arguments
  • Understand and practice various modes of argument composed for a variety of contexts and audiences
  • Conduct writing processes with a special emphasis on accessing and evaluating sources from databases, peer critiquing, reflection on writing processes, and revising and editing.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 801

Contact your instructor.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 802

Contact your instructor.

Textbook Requirements - sec. 803

"Perspectives on Argument" by Nancy V. Wood and James S. Miller, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0134430041 for the revel online version and 978-0134392882 for the hard copy (choose either the online or the hard copy)

Textbook Requirements - sec. 804

"Essentials of Argument" by Nancy V. Wood, 3rd edition, ISBN 978-0205827022
"Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers" by CSU Composition Program

Textbook Requirements - sec. 805

"Perspectives on Argument" by Nancy V. Wood and James S. Miller, 9th edition, ISBN 978-0134430041 for the revel online version and 978-0134392882 for the hard copy (choose either the online or the hard copy)

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Advanced Writing (Category 2) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Advanced Writing (GT-CO3).

Prerequisite

CO 150 (College Composiiton).

Textbooks and Materials

Important: See bottom of course description for textbook requirements for your section.

Instructors

Emily Morgan

(970) 491-1898 | emily.j.morgan@colostate.edu

Edward Lessor

(970) 491-5437 | edward.lessor@colostate.edu

Ed Lessor has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from University of Chicago and an M.A.in British literature from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature from Syracuse University.

Sharon Grindle
Sharon Grindle

(970) 491-6428 | sharon.grindle@colostate.edu

Sharon Grindle teaches College Composition, Writing Arguments, and a variety of literature courses including Twentieth-Century Fiction, Reading Shakespeare, and British Literature Survey I. Her scholarship investigates contemporary minority and feminist literature, the early modern period, and popular culture with a particular emphasis on science fiction and comics.

Lindsay Brookshier

lindsay.brookshier@colostate.edu

Lindsay Brookshier is an English instructor at Colorado State University and a freelance writer for various online publications and non-profit organizations. Her research interests focus on literacy access, medieval literature, and the digital humanities. She primarily teaches courses in composition such as College Composition and Writing Arguments. She was a first-generation college student and one of the first in her family to graduate from college. In her spare time she enjoys playing Zelda with her son, hiking, and kayaking.

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