Week 15

Models for CT Papers

Final Exam Study Guide

Week 14


The Grey Monk

Prince of Verona


Week 13

Toulmin Model

Week 12

Your surrealist Q&A

Final paper assignment

Week 11




Week 10

quarterly #2 assignment

Garrett Hardin’s “Lifeboat Ethics”

Peter Singer’s “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”

Harry Frankfurt “On Bullshit” (alternative/optional):

(a) what is BS? Frankfurt’s definition and your definition

(b) how is BS different from lying?

(c) why is BS a historically recent problem?

(d) example of BS from your observation or experience

Week 9

Surrealist games

Timothy Snyder

Week 8

Nation on UCB free speech (Palumbo-Liu)

NLG Free Speech on Campus (Yoder)

Jill Lepore on campuse free speech - historical cases


Week 7

midterm study quide

Week 6

midterm paper assignment

Week 5




Week 4

quarterly#1 assignment


Annotated works cited: to briefly describe your source, indicating your research process, how this source informs your critical thinking on your chosen subject and topic--


Examples of annotated works cited.


More examples.

On works cited:

See BibMe.org, EasyBib.com, or CitationMachine.net for automated format; also CiteMe on Facebook

Review MLA format for in-text citations and works cited 



MLA page format

from OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

How to cite online sources

Week 3

Study questions for in-class writing:

The True Meaning of Pictures: Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, based on still photography by Shelby Adams

What are the different points of view (POVs) represented in the film?  Why is it useful to think about Shelby Adams’ photographs from more than one POV?  How does recognition of various POVs help us to understand these photos in the context of art and the world?

Logos/reason, pathos/emotion.  In the context of Shelby Adams’ photos, discuss logos/reason and pathos/emotion.  When is the use of reason not enough?  How can emotion lead to sensationalism or distortion?  Or, to raise awareness of an untold or forgotten story? If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” what are the unstated implications of his work?

What is the role of reason in True Meaning? – fact, observation, explanation, analysis

Of emotion? – empathy, human connection, sensationalism, exploitation, distortion

Why do these photos matter / do not matter? Who cares? Why?

Visual rhetoric.  According to Barnet & Bedau, how can visual images be presented as argument?  What can pictures do that words cannot? See examples p.150 (flag-draped coffins), 171-172 (Boston fire). And what about “eye witness” news (cell phone video of Oscar Grant shooting on BART, of Eric Garner “I can’t breathe”)?  Political cartoons (Charlie Hebdo, Doonesbury, op-ed page of dailies)?   

Critical Reading (CR) Panels

Candide (CAND) Panels

Week 2

Globe and Mail article on Shelby Adams

Week 1