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ENGL 1302 Course Guide

Useful Information



Online Library Orientation


What is the Purpose of the Rhetorical Triangle?



What is Critical Reading?





Argumentative Essay  

An argumentative essay is an essay that uses evidence and facts to support the claim it's making. Its purpose is to persuade the reader to agree with the argument being made. A good argumentative essay will use facts and evidence to support the argument, rather than just the author's thoughts and opinions.


Rhetorical Appeals



The Toulmin Model of Argumentation

(Diagrams in Module 1)



Critical Reading and Thinking

  • Critical reading is a technique for discovering information and ideas within a text.
  • Critical thinking is a technique for evaluating information and ideas, for deciding what to accept and believe.
  • Rogerian Model

(Diagram in Module 1)



Rhetorical Fallacies

Rhetorical fallacies, or fallacies of argument, don't allow for the open, two-way exchange of ideas upon which meaningful conversations depend. Instead, they distract the reader with various appeals instead of using sound reasoning. 



Rhetorical Analysis Essay


A rhetorical analysis is an essay that breaks a work of non-fiction into parts and then explains how the parts work together to create a certain effect—whether to persuade, entertain or inform. ... Instead, you're discussing how the rhetorician makes that argument and whether or not the approach used is successful.


Literary Analysis Essay


A literary analysis essay is an academic assignment that examines and evaluates a work of literature or a given aspect of a specific literary piece. It tells about the big idea or theme of a book you've read. The literary essay may be about any book or any literary topic imaginable.


Literary Analysis Strategies




Library Tutorial - MLA Citation Style 

Library Tutorial - Avoiding Plagiarism




Annotated Bibliography