NWRW

1119

Tools, Not Rules: Rhetorical Grammar for Writers

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Tools, Not Rules: Rhet Grammar

Spring 2019

Taught By: Joseph Salvatore

Section: A

CRN: 3075

Credits: 3

Not a traditional course in grammar, this class examines the most complex tool in the writer's tool box—the sentence. The course is guided by the belief that as writers, we need to know not only how to use this tool but how to talk about it. The goal for students is not to memorize grammar rules but rather to understand how those rules can be used to produce a wide range of rhetorical effects. In order to manipulate those rules, writers must understand them. The course begins at the beginning: nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates, all the parts of speech. Students then learn to analyze sentences in both what they read and what they write; they learn not only what syntax is but how to control it consciously and how the decisions they make will affect readers. They come to see how words become sentences, sentences become paragraphs, and paragraphs create a cohesive whole. The class reads chapters from a grammar and rhetoric textbook and completes practice exercises assigned weekly. A workshop for writers of all genres, absolute beginners as well as experienced professionals, who want to better understand all the tools in the tool box.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:57pm 9/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019

Tools, Not Rules: Rhet Grammar

Fall 2018

Taught By: Joseph Salvatore

Section: A

CRN: 1900

Credits: 3

Not a traditional course in grammar, this class examines the most complex tool in the writer's tool box—the sentence. The course is guided by the belief that as writers, we need to know not only how to use this tool but how to talk about it. The goal for students is not to memorize grammar rules but rather to understand how those rules can be used to produce a wide range of rhetorical effects. In order to manipulate those rules, writers must understand them. The course begins at the beginning: nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates, all the parts of speech. Students then learn to analyze sentences in both what they read and what they write; they learn not only what syntax is but how to control it consciously and how the decisions they make will affect readers. They come to see how words become sentences, sentences become paragraphs, and paragraphs create a cohesive whole. The class reads chapters from a grammar and rhetoric textbook and completes practice exercises assigned weekly. A workshop for writers of all genres, absolute beginners as well as experienced professionals, who want to better understand all the tools in the tool box.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:56pm 9/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 509

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018