Calendar

Week 1: Introductions and Twitter accounts

M: What is the funniest thing you've ever seen?

W: Precious Plum analysis discussion

F: Introduction to theories of humor in rhetoric and philosophy, rhetorical concepts, stylistic terms ("nomenclature").

Homework:

1. Using concepts and language from today's lecture, write a close reading analysis of ONE sentence from any of pieces listed on the Readings page. Write ONE paragraph. Due Wednesday, 1/20.

2. In the style of a newspaper sports reporter, write a story covering something that is not sports (for example: HS teacher runs leader board in Day Two of Nervous Breakdown Tournament.) No more than one page. Due Wednesday, 1/20.

 

Week 2: Style review
1/18-22

M: Holiday. Class does not meet.

W

F

 

Week 3: Theories of rhetoric and comedy
1/25-29

M

W

F: True facts about the angler fish

Best of twitter humor

 

Week 4: Analysis paper assigned
2/1-5

M: Discuss funny Twitter accounts

W: Discuss topics for analysis paper

F: Gallery walk assignment

 

Week 5: Gallery walk
2/8-12

M: Gallery walk group one

W: Gallery walk group two

F: Peer editing; bring three clean copies of your paper to class

 

Week 6: McSweeney's Letters
2/15-19

M: Analysis papers due; Introduce McSweeney's letters, imagined monologues, and lists.

Assignment: write at least one open letter, imagined monologue, or list in the style of McSweeney's.

W: Class does not meet due to "SWAT situation" and resulting parking anarchy.

F: Work day. Class does not meet.

 

Week 7:
2/22-26

M: Table reads for McSweeney's articles.

W

F

 

Week 8: Midterm
2/29-3/4

M: Review

W: Review

F: Midterm

 

Week 9:
3/7-11

M

W

F

 

Week 10: Spring Break
3/14-

M

W

F

 

Week 11: Onion Articles
3/21-25

M: Pitch meetings and table reads

W

F: Easter Break

 

Week 12
3/28-4/1

M

W

F: Onion articles due

 

Week 13: Cracked Listicles
4/4-8

M: Pitch meetings and table reads

W

F

 

Week 14
4/11-15

M

W

F: Cracked assignments due

 

Week 15: Scripts and Sketches
4/18-22

M: Pitch meetings and table reads

W

F

 

Week 16: Scripts and Sketches presentations
4/25-29

M

W

F

 

Week 17: Exam Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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