All APLAC students should be aware that the assertion journal for Book 2 The Social Contract will be due on Wednesday/Thursday of next week (10/2-10/3). As with Book 1 - all students are expected to complete 15 assertions and reflections. Please note - all assertion journals must be completed using the Word template provided. Please see the post below to download the template.
Copies of The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau will be issued this week in APLAC. If you were absent on the day the book was assigned, please obtain a copy from me as soon as possible.
We will have several brief in-class discussions regarding Rousseau's political philosophy. A majority of the reading will be done out of class.
As you read Book 1, you will need to find at least 15 assertions suitable for a double entry journal. Each assertion should warrant a full paragraph of analysis or reflection. The completed double entry journal will be due on Monday/Tuesday of next week. Please note - your 15 assertions must be from Book 1 only.
Assertion journals will be discussed in more detail in class but I have attached the template to this post for your convenience. Please make sure to save a copy of this template so that it can be used each time assertion journals are required.
Analyze and explain the following statements from Thomas Paine in chapter 1 of Common Sense. Each explanation and analysis should be at least one half page. In addition, find a third statement made by Paine and analyze it as well.
Be sure to include the statement at the beginning of each analysis.
1. “Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world.”
2. “There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required.”
Please click the link below to access the 9/11 reflection by Martin Amis. This article will be read and discussed in class. Please read actively and take notes - pay special attention to rhetorical devices and appeals.
For homework, write a 400 word reflection in which you discuss the diction, tone and appeals. At the end of your reflection, discuss the meaning of the following sentences: "All over again the west confronts an irrationalist, agonistic, theocratic/ ideocratic system which is essentially and unappeasably opposed to its existence. The old enemy was a superpower; the new enemy isn't even a state". Due Wed/Thur.
CLICK HERE for the article.
Following the reading and in-class discussion of Hitchens, please write a 400 word reflection in which you address the validity of his argument, the tone of the argument, any obvious rhetorical strategies used along with your overall reaction to the piece. Do not be afraid to express opinions - just be prepared to defend your thoughts!
Due Monday/Tuesday - 50 points
Our next reading will be distributed in class this week. If you have not received a copy, please stop by my room or download the PDF below.
As you read, try to note the similarities and differences between Hitchens and Edwards (appeals, imagery, audience etc..)
Prompt: Evaluate the rhetorical strategies used in Jonathan Edwards’s Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. To do this effectively, you should identify at least two rhetorical strategies used by Edwards and fully explain any examples. In addition be sure to fully analyze and explain AT LEAST TWO of the images put forth by Edwards in the sermon. These images should be explained in the context of the sermon. Finally, identify any appeals used by Edwards (hint: ethos, pathos, logos) and evaluate the effectiveness of the sermon given the author’s purpose. Due Thurs/Friday