Argument and Persuasion

This composition course is focused on the essential stylistics of writing clearly and efficiently within the framework of argumentative research writing. Students learn how to formulate a coherent thesis and learn how to work through the stages of planning, research, organization, and revision of academic writing.

Textbooks: Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, Ways of Reading, Brief Penguin Handbook

Course: ENC 1102: Argument and Persuasion
From UF Course Catalog:Credits: 3; Prereq: ENC 1101.Writing techniques and forms of argument in a range of disciplines. For their major writing assignment in this course, students will write an extensively researched and well-documented research paper, learning professional and academic writing conventions and developing their critical thinking skills. (C) (WR)
Course Title: Argument and Persuasion
Semesters Taught: Spring 2009, Spring 2015

Mentored Sections: Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

Section Size: 19

Portfolio Documents:


ENC 1102: Rhetoric and Academic Research
Co-Taught Section as Mentor, 2012


Assignment Sheet for Visual Map of Bibliography
Students must depict the connections between all 10 of their research sources in a visual manner. Map should focus on areas of inquiry, as well as potential organizational schemes for the final research paper.


Assignment Sheet for Wikipedia Synthesis Project
Students must select a Wikipedia article related to their area of research for their final papers. Students will synthesize information from their research with information already existing on Wikipedia to significantly improve the article. Students may also revise, reorganize, or add citations to the article in the interest of additional improvements.


Activity: UF Library Scavenger Hunt
Students must navigate the UF library resources to locate materials for their research projects.


Lesson: Quotation Sandwich
Class lecture on building cohesive paragraphs, incorporating quotations and organizing essays.

BlogENC 1102: Rhetoric and Academic Research
Course blog for Spring 2015 Mentor section. Designed as a discussion space where students can discuss the course theme (“higher education”), their own individual research projects, and trade advice on writing, revising, and researching.