Conservatism in The Office of Assertion
– Some background
– Conservative or old-fashioned?
– What should freshmen write about?
– Using Crider effectively
– What is interesting student writing?
Crider vs. Standard Freshman Comp.
– Discovery and persuasion
– The “O” word
– Rhetoric and dialectic
– Is there a middle ground?
– Truth as process and un-ignoring
Organization and Arrangement
– Immanent design
– How Crider helps us teach
– Assembly line writing
– Two models for draft meetings
– Memorization and Delivery
– Clause Combination
– Style in other subjects
– How drafting saves time
Responsibility and Education
– How does The Office of Assertion work at Christian colleges?
– Vocational and liberal arts students
– The Office of Assertion and the Phaedrus
– Thanks, conservative youth ministers
– Tedious freshman relativism
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Crider, Scott. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay. Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005.
Plato. Gorgias. Complete Works. Ed. John Cooper. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.
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