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Teri Tosspon

English 255

April-Jul 2011


Turn In Here

  • Day 1 Checklist

    • Turn it in the “Turn In Here” folder by the door once we’ve completed introductions

  • Interviews & Introductions

    • You will present to class

    • Turn it in the “Turn In Here” folder by the door once we’ve completed introductions

English 255

Heald College

Teri Tosspon, M.A.

Course Description

  • Argument and critical thinking

    • principles of argument as they apply to written, visual, and oral texts (both fiction and non-fiction)

    • apply them with increasing sophistication to their own research-based persuasive writing.

    • Critical thinking will be developed through analysis of rhetorical strategies and

    • Toulmin’s argument structure as well as through examination of common logical fallacies.

    • Advanced composition topics include primary research, advanced prose style, syntax analysis, cohesive strategies, audience analysis, and tone.

    • Students write a minimum of 8,000 words. 4 units

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze written, spoken, and visual arguments for argumentative strategies, logical fallacies, assumptions, key definitions, and various forms of evidence.

  • Conduct primary research and integrate it effectively with secondary research into persuasive writing.

  • Analyze audience characteristics and tailor specific persuasive strategies for the audience.

  • Identify and utilize advanced prose style and syntax in writing.

  • Employ techniques for persuasive argument and advanced composition in student’s own writing.

Instructor Information

  • Teri Tosspon, M.A, M.A., TESL

  • ttosspon@gmail.com

  • http://ttosspon.wikispaces.com/English255

  • (949) 682-8374 (WHY-682-TERI)

  • Office hours: Tue,Thurs, Fri afternoons and by appointment


  • Lunsford, A., Ruszkiewicz, J., & Walters, K. (2007). Everything’s an Argument With Readings. (4th ed.). New York: Bedford St. Martins. ISBN 0-312-44750-7

    • EAWR

  • Schlosser, E. (2005). Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-060-83858-2

    • FFN

Grading Policy

  • Exams25%

  • Projects and Assignments 65%

  • Participation10%




About Teri Tosspon

  • Raised on a farm in Nebraska


  • University of Nebraska- Lincoln - Masters

  • Oxford University, England

  • University of California Irvine – Masters/PhD

  • Teaching English as a Second Language - UCI

  • Hobbies? Writing, reading, painting, baking/cooking, running, playing video games, web design, rock climbing

Course Schedule

  • See Pg 3 of the Syllabus

Topics to be covered on that day

Course Schedule

Homework: due at the next meeting

Journals – responses to the Chapters in FFN and/or EAWR. You may also use them to collect new/unfamiliar word & definitions. Informal, but may be typed/emailed.

EAWR Chapters and readings are in the big yellow book

FFN isFast Food Nation


  • All assignments and due dates are available online and in your syllabus.

  • There is NO EXCUSE to fail to complete your homework

  • Do assignments w/in 24hrsof class (when material is fresh in your memory)


  • If you miss 14 days in a row, you will be dropped.

  • Studies have shown that 85% attendance is minimum for success (A or B).

  • There are graded activities during class period

    • If you are tardy/leave early, avoid disrupting class. Check the powerpoint to answer “what are we doing?”

  • If you need to miss class, call or text TERI TOSSPON (***(949) 682-8374***). as soon as you know you are going to be absent (BEFORE CLASS!!!)

Makeup Policy

  • Each student has the opportunity to make up one missed major in-class graded event.

  • You MAY make up one (1) quiz or exam.

Blue or White Scrubs for MEDICAL

Layer appropriately- White Only

NO Canvas/Fabric Shoes- It’s a hazard!

Shoes must be covered- no holes or open toed

No Piercings and/or excessive jewelry

WHITE shoes- Leather only, must have a defined heel

No Piping on Scrubs

No Externship Scrubs

WHITE Outerwear only!!!! NO HOODS


Professional Attire Example


Professional Attire Example






Academic Integrity

  • TurnItIn.com – your work WILL be checked, submit via email.

  • If you are caught plagiarizing, you will fail the assignment. You will not be able to make up the credit for the assignment.

  • If you are caught a second time, I will report it to the PDs, and you take the chance of being expelled from Heald college.

  • copying work/ ideas/ projects from any other person/media

  • allowing another person to copy or borrow original work in any form

  • allowing another person to copy answers on a quiz or test or to communicate with another person during a quiz or test

  • representing the work of another team member as one’s own

  • stopping or delaying another student in the completion of any work

  • plagiarism in any form, including failing to give credit to the source of thoughts, words, ideas, or work from any other person, printed material, or web site

Reading Journals

  • Thoughts, interpretations, analysis, response, and any new vocabulary words along with their meaning.

  • due at the beginning of the class period

  • typed or handwritten, use MLA heading.

Tosspon’s PoliciesThe GOLDEN RULE(s)

  • treat others as you would like to be treated.

  • Respect.


  • Be courteous and respectful of everyone and everything

  • Be prepared for class and actively participate (This includes completing assignments and having required materials)

  • Raise hand to speak when others are speaking.

  • Electronic devices are not allowed in class unless they are specially needed and approved by the instructor.

  • Food or drinks (other than water in a re-sealable water bottle) are not allowed.

  • If you need to use the restroom or your phone, exit quietly and return quietly.

Late Work

  • -10% for each day late. For example if an assignment is due Tuesday at 6pm, and it is not submitted until Wednesday at 9am, the maximum grade received will be 90%.

    • If you phone/text/email, you will get a 24hr grace period!

  • Late work should be submitted via email

  • Work conducted during class that is missed cannot be made up (except in the case of tests, and you can only make up 1).

Resubmission of Assignments

  • Contact the instructor

  • Make corrections

  • Resubmit no later than 1 week

Instructor Error

  • On an assignment: Write a note on the assignment in question (“grade missing”) and place it back into the “Turn In Here” folder.

  • On Power Point: If I make an error on a power point, please let me know in a polite way (perhaps at a class break).

  • On a Handout: Circle the error, mark it “?” and put it into the “Turn In Here” folder.

Computer/cell phone Usage

  • During lectures, presentations, and discussion monitors should be turned off (if in a computer classroom) unless otherwise approved.

  • If you need to take a call during class hours, immediately leave the room.

  • Do not have an outside conversation (voice or text) in the classroom.

Helpful Links

  • Heald Portal (check grades here) http://myportal.heald.edu(go to Assignments, not Grades)

  • Heald Emailhttp://webmail.heald.edu

  • Heald CARES assistance program http://healdcares.com

Everything is an Argument

Chapters 1, 2, 3

What it is.. And isn’t

  • This is not another writing class.

  • This is not a lecture (ie, sit back and listen)

  • This IS a thinking class.

  • Analyzing, interpreting, using as evidence, convincing, making decisions, DISCUSSING.

  • Bad attitudes and negative/rude comments will not be tolerated

    • Everyone has the right to an opinion, even if you think it is a stupid one

    • Take notes during their comments:Refer to them during “Rebuttal”


  • One of the hardest things to do is learn to THINK or learn to change your thinking

  • Employers assume that a college graduate will be able to THINK.

  • Take your time with the material

    • look up words you don’t know

  • Come back to the material a couple of times

    • You need time to digest and process the information before it can fuel your mind, just as your body needs time to digest food before it becomes fuel.

  • Take notes on the material, talk about it

Chapter 1 -

  • Anything that shows opinion can be an argument.

  • Rhetorical (Persuasion) situations very widely (CONTEXT!!)

  • Stasis Theory

    (don’t worry, we’re going over each in a little more detail)


  • Change what people think

  • Convince that facts are reliable

  • Other views should be considered or tolerated

  • Use of evidence and reason to discover truth

Persuasion v. Propaganda

  • Change a point of view and move to action

  • Persuade at the cost of truth, fairness, and/or reason

  • "Propaganda is a form of communication that attempts to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.”(Jowett, pg.1)

  • “Persuasion is interactive and attempts to satisfy the needs of both persuader and persuadee." (Jowett, pg.1)



Rogerian Argument

  • Approach it in a non-threatening way

  • Find common ground

  • Establish trust and respect

  • Seek Win/Win solutions

Stasis Theory (pg 21)

Homework assignment

  • Everything’s an Argument With Readings (EAWR), Chpt 1

  • Choose 1 question from pg 36-37, 1 pg minimum.

  • Read: EAWRChpts 2 and 3

  • Read:Intro and Chpt 1 of Fast Food Nation (FFN)

Diagnostic Writing

Where are you in your analytical thinking?


  • Meet in Rm 212

  • Download the assignment

  • Read the article of your choice

  • Summarize, then analyze it.

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