Week 3 – Review an argument

Workbook Activity 3: Watch "In Defense of Rhetoric" and write a short review highlighting the key arguments.  I found Clemson University’s (2011) video “In Defense [sic] of Rhetoric” a bit ironic. The purpose of the video is to use rhetoric to persuade viewers of the benefits of rhetoric. Yet, the strength of the video’s (Clemson... Continue Reading →


Week 3 – Consider your own use of rhetoric

Workbook Activity 2: Reflect on an example of argument in your own life, one in which you were successful in persuading someone else of something. https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby/persuasive-argument-example References Aristotle. (350 B.C.E.) Rhetoric. Rhys Roberts, W. (Trans). Retrieved from http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.mb.txt Battersby, T. (2018, March 15). Persuasive argument example [Audio file]. COMM12033 Speech and Script. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby

Week 3 – Reflect on rhetoric

Workbook Activity 1: Summarise some of the key points of Aristotle's Rhetoric.  Ames (2018, p. 1) was not exaggerating when she advised that reading the entirety of Aristotle’s Rhetoric (350 B.C.E., n.p.) was not going to be a quick and easy task. After my first day of reading, my brain felt like mush. I found... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – A (wo)man with a plan

Practical: Plan my story and prepare for Assessment 2 As part of my second assessment for this term, I need to attend and cover an event in my local area. To do this correctly, I will need to ensure that I have an adequate plan. The three most important things to remember when planning to... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – Quiz reflection

I took my own advice from last week's reflection and attempted this week's quiz when my mind was still fresh and not stale from hours of study. Happily, it was a success and I got 100% on my first attempt. None of the questions were difficult because I find it easy to recognise grammar mistakes... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – I spy with my little eye

Inquiry: Reflect on a short media story An article that caught my attention this week was about a Cannonvale man who was fined for driving without due care and attention. The story's lead sentence isn't as strong as it could be because it contains only three of the five Ws and no H (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012,... Continue Reading →

Week 3 – Practice, practice, practice

This week's extra activity asked me to review the exhibition transcript in my study guide, provide alternative lead sentences and rewrite the first few paragraphs. A lead sentence or paragraph should contain at least four of the five Ws, being who, what, when and where (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 23). The last W and the... Continue Reading →


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