Blog Response #1: Inaugural Addresses and Acts of Terror

I apologize for the delay in this prompt being posted.

Leave your response to the prompt in the comments section of this post. Posts should be a minimum of 350 words and use correct spelling/grammar. I strongly encourage you to write your responses in Microsoft Word or another word processing software, so that you can edit before posting the response here.

This week you were instructed to read four speeches given by former presidents.  Before getting started, choose either the inaugural addresses or the act of terrorism speeches. In the comments section of this post, you must compare and contrast the ways in which each president uses rhetorical appeals–ethos, pathos, logos and the rhetorical situation–audience, kairos, medium, etc.

Everyone needs to respond to the prompt by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 4, 2015.


Finding Sources and Removing Fallacies

Hi All,

I’d like to start by congratulating most of you on successfully submitting your first assignment! I want to remind a few others of the protocol. You all need to make sure you place the assignment into the folder you shared with me during the first two weeks of class. Once you’ve placed it in the folder that is all you need to do. Please do not share the individual file with me. Just put it in your folder and you’re all set.  P.S. A few of you need to go in and rename your folders. Remember the name should be LastnameFirstInitial-ENGL 1102 (ex. SlaughterD-ENGL 1102). A few of you titled your folder some variation of English 1102 with no mention of your name. This makes it difficult for me to keep track of each person’s work. You do not need to create a new folder. Just rename the folder you shared with me already and it will update on my end. 

This week we will start discussing how to remove fallacies from your work, as well as how to make sure you’re choosing the correct sources for an academic argument. On Wednesday, we will have our first out of class work day, which I will give more details about during Monday’s class.

For Monday’s class come prepared to discuss chapters 5 and 17-19 of Everything’s an Argument.

For Wednesday’s out of class assignment, you will need to read the following speeches:

“Inaugural Address” President Kennedy

“First Inaugural Address” President Obama

“Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” Pres Roosevelt

“9/11 Address to the Nation” Pres GW Bush

More details on the assignment will be posted on Tuesday evening.

See you on Monday evening,

Mrs. Slaughter

Books and Proposals

Hi Everyone,

I apologize for the delay in this week’s post. I forgot to write it on my to do list this weekend. In the future, feel free to send me a gentle email reminder if it’s not up on Sunday morning.

I hope that everyone has purchased their books. It’s already week three and we’re a bit behind my schedule, so we will start using the textbook on this Wednesday, January 27th. If you have the book already, I hope you’ve been keeping up with the reading. On Wednesday I expect everyone to have read chapters 1-4 and Letter from a Birmingham Jail. There just might be a pop quiz…

Remember your proposals are due in Dropbox on Friday, January 29th by 11:59 pm.

Topic Proposal Assignment Sheet

Choose your movement wisely…

This week you will start the process of choosing your social movement. I suggest at least doing a brief google search on the movements that you’re interested in and then narrowing it down to one that you won’t mind being stuck with all semester 🙂

Here is a list of social movements to get you started

  • Prohibition/Temperance
  • Civil Rights
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement
  • Free Speech
  • LGBT
  • Anti-War
  • Feminist
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • The Dream Act
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Anti-Apartheid
  • Environmental Justice
  • Disability Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Black Power
  • White Power/Ku Klux Klan

You are not limited to this list, but I reserve the right to veto your choice.

Assignment Sheet: Topic Proposal Assignment Sheet

We will go over the Assignment Sheet more in class this evening.

If you haven’t checked your email lately, you missed my decision on our course text. The bookstore should start having the 7th edition in stock this week, but I encourage you to purchase online, especially if you have Amazon Student Prime. You can also rent it online if you prefer the e-book.

We will be using the 7th edition of Everything’s an Argument (without readings).
  • ISBN-10: 1457698676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457698675

If you don’t already have Amazon Student Prime or Amazon Prime in general, I strongly encourage you to invest in it. It’s been a lifesaver for me the last few years of school. I also heard a rumor that there will be a sale this weekend on membership.


Welcome to English 1102 (Spring 2016)

If you’ve arrived at this page, it probably means you’re enrolled in Instructor Slaughter’s English 1102 course this Spring. This blog will serve as our course command center. You will find course policies, the course schedule, and even helpful resources here. As the semester progresses, so will this site. This means that your assignment guidelines will soon start to pop up as well.


Gaillet, Lynee, Angela Hall-Godsey, Jennifer L. Vala, Kristin A. Ruccio. Guide to First-Year Writing. 4rd Edition. Southlake, Texas: Fountainhead P, 2015. Print

Lunsford, Andrea et al. Everything’s an Argument. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015. Print.

If you’re having trouble finding the textbook in the bookstore, you should be able to purchase it on Amazon and if you haven’t already done so, sign up for Amazon Student Prime, so you can receive free two-day shipping.

Take a minute to look around and become familiar with this course.

Previous Posts of Interest:

5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Professor  (USA Today article)

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1102 Syllabus

Final Presentations

This week marks the start of final presentations. Make sure you’ve read through the handout and your presentation fulfills the requirements. Final Presentation

Tuesday’s Presenters:

  • AJ
  • Hana
  • Candace
  • Tosin
  • Deja
  • Ciro
  • Dara
  • Richard

Thursday’s Presenters:

  • Glenn
  • Sean
  • Nathan
  • Kristy
  • Sebastian
  • Christian T
  • Khalil

Please be on time and ready to go, so that we can stick to the schedule.

Thank You!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to tell all of you thank you for your hard work this semester. I’m learning so much from not only the research you’re doing for your work, but also the questions you all ask one another during class. This is the first semester in a long time that I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed reading at least 75% of the essays. If no other teacher tells you this in your educational career, please know that you are valued as students and teach us all more than we could ever learn in a textbook.

Alright now go finish your presentations, I’m expecting brilliance 🙂

Peer Review and Workshopping

This coming week is all about workshopping your final presentation and essay. On Tuesday, we will focus on your presentations and Thursday you will have the option of further workshopping your presentation or starting your final essay. While I know it is tempting to skip these classes, I encourage you to come in and work. It helps to bounce ideas off your classmates and it is your opportunity to get feedback from me on your work as well.

If you weren’t in class last Tuesday, your presentation day is Tuesday, April 14th.

You can expect your annotated bibliography grades to appear in Dropbox by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Grades Posted!!!

All grades are now posted for your Exploratory Essay. I apologize for totally dropping the ball on grading them (I forgot) and really appreciate your patience. Remember Thursday is an out-of-class work day, so get started on those presentations.

Next week’s classes are all about peer review and one on one assistance with your final presentation and essay. I know that it is tempting to skip these classes or to come unprepared, but if you want a good grade on your work this is how you achieve one.

Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

Final Project Handout and Final Essay Handout

Even though we’ve discussed them off and on all semester, here are the official handouts for your final project and final essay. You will sign up for presentations during this evening’s class, so if you’re not present I’ll just place you somewhere.

Final Research Essay

Final Presentation

Per the course schedule that I posted after Spring Break, presentations will take place during class on April 14th, 16th, and 21st.