WR 122
Argument, Research and Multimodal Composition

Jane Thielsen, M.A.I.S.
Central Oregon Community College
Office/hours:  by arrangement
email link: jthielsen@cocc.edu 
[or copy/paste into a COCC email]   
         WR 122 CRN 10208  

Winter 2022 

COCC Canvas

    SYLLABUS updated TBA
 Please be sure to your USE COCC email account or the COCC Canvas site and include class information in the subject line of all emails. jt


This is a course that will investigate issues, mysteries, evaluate evidence and present compelling findings. One of the great challenges of our time is determining what is fact and what is fiction in the information around us. I'm not sure that there are really absolutes in those issues and that is why we must dig and examine and determine the best answers.

This is a great opportunity to become more agile thinkers and competent users of the methods to present powerful ideas. Students in "my" past sessions of WR122, usually come away energized about the material they have unearthed and the focus they have taken. 

Because I am teaching this course on short notice, I may be learning/navigating Zoom and updating the materials as needed. So please bear with me as we go. Please advise me of things you already know about Zooming! For even more solidified information we will also use my open internet web site: classfolios.org (Links to an external site.)  click on the WR122 link to go to the class page and and assignments.

Thanks for being part of this adventure!

Jane Thielsen

FORMAL Course Description: WR 122, Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition (4 credits), continues the focus of WR 121 in its review of rhetorical concepts and vocabulary, in the development of reading, thinking, and writing skills, along with metacognitive competencies understood through the lens of a rhetorical vocabulary. Specifically, students will identify, evaluate, and construct chains of reasoning, a process that includes an ability to distinguish assertion from evidence, recognize and evaluate assumptions, and select sources appropriate for a rhetorical task. Students will employ a flexible, collaborative, and appropriate composing process, working in multiple genres, and utilizing at least two modalities.

This course meets remotely from 10:15-12:05pm. Our Zoom meetings will be held here: https://cocc.zoom.us/j/3666207824?pwd=UE5BelNBQ29WQlUwb1FzcWs3UDNjdz09

 Writing Commons open text |
OWL at Purdue |
Official MLA Resource Site |
 Official APA to Quick Answers | Research COCC Library | Dictionary.com/Thesaurus

UNC Writing handouts  | Harvard College Writing Center | Ithica College Library--Writing | Rhetoric Etymological Dictionary


MLA (7) template

Response Writing Guide

On Brainstorming

Topic Exp/Loop Exercise

Essay Packet Turn-in Guide

POSITION PAPER GUIDE-- Forming thesis, paper layout, etc.

Example of Semi-formal account/topic (like op-ed)>Formal Peer Reviewed published version

Peer Reviewed Papers on Academic Uses of "Story"

Peer Reviewed article on "Flapjack"

Peer Reviewed article on "Squawdress"


Writing a Research Paper - OWL - Purdue U.

How to Write a Research Paper - Georgetown U.

Basic Reasoning, Persuasion and Argument

Notes on Reasoning

Notes on Persuasion

Notes on Argument  


Proverb search site

Bartlett's Quotations

Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages

The Phrase Finder

The Devil's Dictionary-satirical definitions

Aesops Fables

WisdomCommons for stories, etc.


Types of periodicals/articles-Peer Reviewed, etc.

How to Find Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles- YouTube


OED Search Dictionary


Ithica College Library--Writing and Citing

Integrating evidence from sources

Notes on Giving Credit within Writing

Signal Phrase and Citing exercise 2p.

Signal Phrase Handout

COCC Citing Guides

OWL 3 styles compared MLA, APA, CSE

Citation makers: Bibme | Easybib| Citation Producer | Citation Builder | Citation Machine|

MLA Citing Tutorial-- Interactive

Writing the Annotated Bibliography

   MLA model of Annotated Bibliography

Exercise to avoid plaigarism 

MLA Tutorial animation --(excellent)

|JStor| Google Scholar| Google Books | 

Top Documentary Films--hundreds, free, many topics| search youtube


Documenting in common disciplines

Style Manuals by Discipline-UMaryland

CSE source formatting




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