AP Language and Composition: Course Intro
  • Though you may view the assignment here, it is preferred that you both view the assignment and complete all of your work in our electronic class notebook. If you were not able to attend the training session on signing in to the notebook and using OneNote, you can click here for a brief tutorial.
  • If you have any questions during the summer, please contact Dr. Eugene at jeugene@bpi.edu. You may also use the collaboration space in the class notebook to post questions or start discussions with your classmates.

Summer Reading (6/14 - 9/5)

Assignment #1: Preparatory Reading in the Study of Rhetoric

Due: Tuesday, September 5

In this assignment, you will create a glossary of rhetorical terms for use as a personal reference throughout the year. These notes will be submitted for a completion grade on the first day of school. The notes do not need to follow a specific style or format, but should
  • reflect an accurate understanding of the reading
  • be thorough enough to stand on their own (i.e. you shouldn't have to go back to the text to study these concepts later in the year)
  • be generally well-organized

Read chapters 1-4 and 17 of Everything's an Argument (5th edition, Lunsford). If you need a hard copy of the reading because you can not download the linked pdf or because of preference, you can get one from Dr. Eugene in room 10. Take notes on the following terms and concepts, making sure to include useful explanations and examples.
  • Purpose of Argument
    • Inform
    • Convince
    • Persuade
    • Explore
    • Make decisions
    • Meditate or pray
    • Academic argument
  • Occasions for Argument
    • Past
    • Future
    • Present
  • Kinds of Argument
    • Fact
    • Definition
    • Evaluation and Causality
    • Proposal
  • Stasis Theory
  • Audience
  • Rhetorical situation
  • Appeal
    • Pathos
    • Ethos
    • Logos
      • Inductive reasoning
      • Deductive reasoning
        • Syllogism
        • Enthymeme
  • The rhetorical triangle
  • Logical Fallacy
    • Undistributed middle term
    • Scare tactics
    • Either-or choices
    • Slippery slope
    • Sentimental appeals
    • Bandwagon appeals (Ad populum)
    • Appeals to false authority
    • Dogmatism
    • Ad hominem
    • Hasty generalization
    • Faulty causality (Post hoc)
    • Begging the question
    • Equivocation
    • Non-sequitir
    • Straw man
    • Faulty analogy

Once you have finished the Lunsford reading, visit The Rhetorical Forest. Feel free to ignore the website's continued references to "branches," "trees," and "roots" (these are just explanatory metaphors that you will never see associated with rhetoric anywhere but on this website). Also, try to stay away from the menu on the right side of the webpage, which is far too dense and nuanced for introductory study of rhetoric. Instead, use the menu on the left side (labeled "Trees") to answer the following questions. Much of this material will overlap with your reading from Everything's an Argument and there is no need to repeat information in your notes. Simply use this website to identify a few new concepts and to enrich the notes you have already taken.
  1. What is rhetoric and how has its definition changed over time?
  2. Why is an understanding of the division between content and form important in the study of rhetoric? What is content? What is form?
  3. What role do timing (kairos) and audience play in the construction and presentation of an argument?
  4. What are logical, emotional, and ethical appeals? How do these types of appeals work together to form a persuasive argument?
  5. What are forensic (judicial), deliberative, and epideictic rhetoric? How do they differ? What does this reveal about how a speaker's purpose shapes an argument?
  6. What are the five canons of rhetoric? Which of these comes naturally to you as a writer and speaker? Which do you need to work on the most and in what way(s)? Which of these have you never considered before?

Assignment #2: Nonfiction Reading

Due: Friday, September 8

Directions: Choose one of the books listed below and write a rhetorical précis in response.
You will receive extra credit if you submit an annotated copy of the book along with your précis. Your annotations may include personal reactions, questions, and connections to your own store of knowledge; however, you must also attempt to annotate the author's use of rhetorical strategy wherever possible in order to put into practice the concepts you learned in assignment #1.

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Assignment #3: Fiction Reading

  • Read at least one of the following books. There is no required work to produce, though you may choose to write a 1-2 page personal reflection and analysis for an extra credit homework grade. You may submit your work by attaching it to this page.
  • Some advice on selecting a book:
    • Consider reading more than one book -- not just from this list, but in general. You have many other things you can do this summer, but don't underestimate how refreshing it can be to choose your own reading and to read just for pleasure.
    • Be sure to research the reputation of any book before you begin reading. You want to pick a book that you are likely to enjoy. You also want to be forewarned of any potentially disturbing or controversial narrative content.

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