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Teri tosspon

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

English 255

Heald College

Teri Tosspon, M.A.

Course description
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
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
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
Grading Policy

  • Exams 25%

  • Projects and Assignments 65%

  • Participation 10%




About teri tosspon
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
Course Schedule

  • See Pg 3 of the Syllabus

Course schedule1

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
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.

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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

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Professional Attire Example

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Professional Attire Example

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Academic integrity
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
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 policies the golden rule s
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
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
Resubmission of Assignments

  • Contact the instructor

  • Make corrections

  • Resubmit no later than 1 week

Instructor error
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
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
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

Everything is an Argument

Chapters 1, 2, 3

What it is and isn t
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
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
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
Rogerian Argument

  • Approach it in a non-threatening way

  • Find common ground

  • Establish trust and respect

  • Seek Win/Win solutions

Homework assignment
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

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.