Before You Enter Class: 

1. Review all notes and readings from Monday

2. Add an “opening paragraph” technique to FE #1 and rename (most of you should be on 1.4 or 1.5 at this point).

3. Read “You Can Find Love Now” by Ramona Ausubel, but like, for real this time.

Class Agenda: 

  1. Quizzie Poo
  2. Read about President Trump & President Lincoln
  3. “Fact Vs. Opinion” lecture



Monday’s class will meet back in the computer lab D19 again. Be prepared to speak on the fact-checking article found in homework from last class. We are going to use that piece to do some work on the Stockton library databases.

REVIEW: Hacker Clarity section beginning on page 125.


Watch the videos included below from Cage the Elephant & Modest Mouse (respectively). See how the videos’ directors (Issac Rentz & Chris Milk) uses visual language to communicate theme. In many ways, “visual rhetoric” works the same as “compositional rhetoric.”

Choose one of the two videos to work with. Or, choose a common element found in each and consider both as comparison/contrast.

Informal Writing #3 will be an ANALYSIS PAPER. First, begin by analyzing the theme or central idea of the piece. How is this communicated in both broad and subtle ways? How, specifically, is metaphor used? How do the visuals work with the song itself (lyrics available online). Consider an “exemplary moment” and “horizon of expectation.”

Use direct reference to either the song or visuals in the video. APA citations for the videos are provided for you below the videos. No other sources are required for this assignment, but if you are welcome to use one, just would like to use one, be sure to cite and attribute.

Rentz, Issac. [CageTheElephantVEVO]. (2011, January 20). Shake Me Down. [Video File].        Retrieved from

Milk, Chris. [ModestMouseVEVO]. (2009, October 3). Ocean Breathes Salty. [Video File]. Retrieved from


A recently published story of mine, for your humble commentary and approval. No writing. Just be ready to respond & react. Reveal your own feelings in context. Question me, my motives, my characters. Pit your horizon of expectations against my intention. Make a case for an exemplary moment, and see if I agree. Since I wrote, we’ll be able to see if my “HOE” matches up with yours.