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In his English Composition course, Joel Gonzaga helps you write better, whether you are a fledgling writer or experienced wordsmith. Joel's style reflects his years of experience teaching both native English speakers as well as a year abroad working with ESL students. In the course, Joel covers all aspects of essay writing, from things to read, brainstorming, researching, critical thinking, to rhetoric. Lessons come with assignments to help students solidify the latest lessons, as well as downloadable sample essays for comparison.

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  Intro 15:32
   Intro 0:00 
   Who Should Take This Course? 0:12 
   What Will You Get Out of This Course 1:24 
    Basics 1:37 
    Other Stuff 2:37 
   What Do We Write? 3:36 
    Grades 3:44 
    College 4:18 
    Jobs 5:26 
   Kinds of Writing 6:29 
    Logos 6:44 
    Rhetoric 7:35 
    Creative 8:39 
    Use All Three 9:20 
   Your Brain 9:48 
    Left Brain 10:10 
    Right Brain 10:35 
    Examples of Left Brain Problems 11:05 
    Examples of Right Brain Problems 11:28 
   The Assignment 11:59 
    Items Needed 12:06 
    The Task 13:02 
    Potential Problems, Left Brain 13:43 
    Potential Problems, Right Brain 14:21 
    Recap 14:59 
  How to Write a Summary 18:20
   Intro 0:00 
   What is Summarization? 0:12 
    Samual Langhorne Clemens 0:29 
    Why Do We Need to Summarize? 1:03 
    Plans for This Lesson 2:29 
   Skimming and Scanning 2:49 
    Skimming 2:53 
    Scanning 3:59 
   The Details 4:12 
   Ask the Right Questions 4:45 
   Summarizing an Article 5:24 
    Summarizing an Article, Continued 6:37 
    Summarizing an Article, Continued 7:43 
   Get the Details 8:38 
   My Summary 9:36 
   Summarizing Stories 11:02 
   What is a Protagonist? 11:16 
    Qualities 11:24 
    Examples 11:54 
   Three Act Structure 12:12 
    Act One 12:27 
    Act Two 13:15 
    Act Three 13:50 
    Three Act Example 1 14:18 
    Three Act Example 2 15:26 
    Three Act Example 2, Continued 16:01 
    Three Act Example 2, Continued 16:41 
   Assignment 17:38 
  Intro to Books 12:09
   Intro 0:00 
   Which Books 0:11 
    Genres: Sci-Fi 0:34 
   Wrinkle in Time 1:32 
    Political World in 1963 2:16 
    Like Harry Potter 3:35 
    Book's Reception 4:23 
   Brave New World 5:13 
    Political World in 1932 6:24 
    Special Type of Sci-Fi 8:16 
    Reception 9:16 
   Assignment 10:28 
  Things to Read 19:50
   Intro 0:00 
   A Quote from Terry Pratchett 0:17 
   Silent with Knowledge 0:43 
   Learning What to Learn 1:24 
    Millionaires 2:01 
   Two Types of Ignorance 2:47 
    Ignorance of Stuff We Know 3:06 
    Ignorance of Stuff We Don't Know 3:41 
   Starting to Research: Internet Sources 4:20 
    Internet News Agencies 4:37 
    Entertainment News 5:03 
    Any Popular Magazine 5:47 
    Crowd Sources 6:16 
    Wikipedia 7:54 
    Blogs 9:36 
    Check the Blogger 10:15 
    Example Derick Sivers 11:11 
    Be Careful About Citing 11:50 
   Starting to Research: Libraries 12:15 
   Starting to Research: Bookstore 13:35 
   Assignment: Check In 14:40 
    Library or Bookstore 16:09 
    Wikipedia Game! 17:34 
    Example: Wikipedia Game! 18:38 
    Reading 19:14 
  Story Check In: Conflicts 20:45
   Intro 0:00 
   Story One 0:16 
   Story Two 0:43 
   Wise Words 1:23 
   Conflicts 2:05 
   Types of Conflict 3:34 
    Person vs Person 3:37 
    Person vs Nature 5:51 
    Person vs Society 8:15 
    Person vs Machine 9:39 
    Person vs Self 11:07 
   Poorly Written Conflict 14:15 
   Well Written Conflict 15:59 
    Example 16:02 
    Components 16:47 
   Conflict in Wrinkle in Time 18:11 
   Conflict in Brave New World 19:12 
  Brainstorming, Topics & Thesis 15:06
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 0:26 
    Introduction Paragraph 0:47 
    Body Paragraphs 1:04 
    Closing Paragraph 1:16 
    Clear Thesis and Topic 1:28 
   Topic and a Thesis 1:58 
    Topic 2:03 
    Thesis 2:32 
   Steps to a Thesis 2:54 
   Brainstorming 3:18 
    The Blank Page / Example 3:50 
    Example: Whales 4:49 
   The Exploded Ideas 5:42 
   Pick a Topic, Ask Question 6:12 
    Which Questions to Answer 6:56 
   Example of the 'What' 7:50 
   Rules for a Thesis 8:21 
    Example 8:52 
    Shorter 9:33 
   Opinion/ Argument Thesis 9:59 
    Example 10:45 
    Interrogative Questions 11:27 
    What and Why Questions 11:57 
    How Questions 12:20 
    Example of Decent Thesis 12:35 
   Assignment 13:33 
  The Destination, The Path, The Thesis 17:54
   Intro 0:00 
   Review from Last Lesson 0:27 
    Interrogative Questions 1:07 
   For This Current Lesson 1:20 
   The Map Analogy 1:36 
    Example: Asking for Directions 2:07 
   Finding 'X' on a Map 3:34 
   Finding a Path 6:20 
    Questions 6:29 
   Refining the Path 7:19 
    Find the Broadest Ideas 7:23 
    Find Ideas that Seem to go Together 8:17 
    Find Ideas that Seem to go Together, Continued 9:05 
    Find Ideas That Can Be Expanded On 9:29 
    Find Ideas That Can Be Expanded On, Continued 9:53 
   Examples of Possible Thesis 10:34 
    What's Covered and Not Covered? 11:26 
   Thesis for Descriptive Essays 12:53 
    Topic: Reality TV 13:10 
    Kinds of Reality TV 13:22 
    Bird's Eye Thesis 14:31 
    Narrow Focus Thesis 15:12 
    Comparative Thesis 15:48 
   Assignment 16:29 
  Writing Introductions 22:39
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 0:11 
   Introduction to Introductions 0:33 
   Your Opening Line 1:23 
   Quotations 1:47 
    Emotional Appeal 1:52 
    Where You Can Find Quotes 2:04 
    Aristotle Quote 2:50 
    What It's About 3:29 
    Eisenhower Quote 3:43 
    Lennon Quote 4:43 
    What You Quote 5:40 
    Who You Quote 6:26 
   Your Opening Line 8:13 
   Rhetorical Question 8:32 
    Example 1 8:53 
    Example 2 9:39 
    Example 3 10:48 
   Your Opening Line 12:13 
   Jokes and Humor 12:19 
    Examples of Jokes 13:47 
   Your Opening Line 14:23 
   Irony and Surprise 14:36 
    Definition of Irony 14:42 
    Example 1 14:48 
    Example 2 15:09 
    Definition of Surprise 15:28 
    Example 15:41 
    More Examples of Irony and Surprise 15:59 
   What Else? 16:54 
   Anecdotes 17:11 
    Emotional Appeal 17:22 
    Example 1 18:41 
    Example 2 19:26 
    Example 3 20:15 
   Introduction Wrap-Up 21:16 
   Assignment 21:47 
  Major & Minor Details 14:30
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 0:16 
   The Triangle 0:37 
    Topic / Thesis 0:43 
    Major Details 0:48 
    Minor Details 0:58 
   Sample Essay 1:13 
   The Triangle 2:03 
   Major Details 2:34 
    Supports 2:51 
    Common Keywords 3:07 
   Minor Details 3:27 
    Supports 3:42 
    Common Keywords 4:01 
   Sample Essay 4:19 
   Sample Outline 5:37 
   What Are Your Major Details? 6:06 
   The Triangle 6:26 
   What Are Your Major Details? 6:53 
   The Triangle 7:14 
   What Are Your Major Details? 7:37 
   The Triangle 7:44 
   Adding Minor Details 8:14 
   Organization and Transitions 8:25 
   Paragraphs 8:44 
    How To Improve the Paragraph 9:36 
   Sample Key Words 10:32 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 11:20 
   Closing Paragraph 11:34 
    Restate the Thesis 11:44 
    Examples 12:08 
    Wrap-Up 12:43 
   Sample Key Words 13:09 
   Assignment 13:47 
  Story Check-In: Characters 22:13
   Intro 0:00 
   A Famous Quote 0:23 
   Characters 1:12 
    What They Are 1:17 
    What They Are Not 1:25 
    Example 1 2:17 
    Example 1, Continued 2:55 
    Characters Must 'Care' About Something 3:48 
    Characters Usually Have a Specific Goal 5:45 
    Characters Will Do Actions 6:35 
    Summary 7:43 
   Meg's Introduction 8:14 
    Example Continued 8:57 
    Evaluate the Character 9:17 
   Character Roles 9:40 
    Lead Character/ Protagonist 9:52 
    Example: Meg's Perspective 11:21 
    Supporting Characters 12:33 
    Example 13:06 
    Villains 14:25 
   Character Strengths and Flaws 15:36 
    Meg Murry Example 15:51 
   Character Archetypes 16:04 
    Monomyth 16:19 
    The Herald 16:44 
    The Mentor 18:04 
    The Shadow 19:30 
   Summing Up Characters 21:16 
  Intro to Patterns of Organization 18:38
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 0:19 
   The Triangle 1:05 
    One Body Paragraph 1:15 
   Major Points: An Analogy from Stories 1:44 
    Analogy Example 2:00 
    Order to Introduce Characters 2:50 
    Characters: Protagonist, Supporting Character and Villain 3:28 
   'Roles' for Major Points/ Body Paragraphs 4:05 
    Description and Definition 4:08 
    Background Information 4:44 
    Describe a Problem and Solution 5:13 
    Tell About an Important Person in the Thesis 5:51 
   How to Organize Your Major Points 6:31 
    Example One 6:48 
    How to Organize 7:34 
    Example Two 7:59 
    How to Organize 8:53 
    Example Three 9:12 
    How to Organize 10:01 
    Example Four 10:24 
    How to Organize 11:29 
    Example Five 12:02 
    How to Organize 12:48 
    Example Six 13:36 
    How to Organize 14:14 
   Assignment: Outline 14:43 
   Sample Key Words 16:15 
   Assignment: Writing 16:56 
   Assignment: Reading Wrinkle in Time 18:02 
  Listing & Classification 15:49
   Intro 0:00 
   Listing and Classification 0:21 
    Purpose and Function 0:24 
    Details 1:10 
   Items in a Set 1:41 
    Example 1:50 
   More than Three? 3:59 
    How to Get Down to Three Major Points 4:11 
    First Step: Just Choose 4:38 
    Next Step: Combine by Similarities 5:30 
    Next Step: Combine by Similarities, Continued 6:07 
    Final Step: Break the Rules 7:07 
   Sample Classification Essays #1 8:26 
   Sample Classification Essays #2 9:29 
    Sample Classification Essays #2, Continued 10:14 
   Listing and Classification Keywords 10:51 
   Definition Keywords 11:55 
   Example: Major Detail of a Larger Essay 12:45 
   Wrap Up 13:43 
    Point One 13:47 
    Point Two 14:04 
    Point Three 14:27 
   Assignment: Reading 15:01 
   Assignment: Readings, Continued 15:24 
  Chronological & Compare Contrast 12:26
   Intro 0:00 
   Chronological 0:19 
    What is Chronological 0:35 
    Purpose and Function 0:55 
    Details 1:38 
   The Three Act Story Outline 1:55 
    List of Three Acts 2:15 
   Act 1 of Sorcerer's Stone 2:36 
   Act 2 of Sorcerer's Stone 2:55 
   Act 3 of Sorcerer's Stone 3:19 
   Chronological Order in History 3:57 
    Major Detail for The Spanish Armada of 1588 4:20 
   Chronological Keywords 4:56 
    Time Prepositions 4:59 
    Date Mentioned 5:22 
    Words That Imply a Sequence 5:44 
   Compare and Contrast 6:12 
    Purpose and Function 6:55 
    Details 7:10 
    Example Strategy to Organize Paragraphs 7:30 
    Example 1 7:54 
    Example 2 8:11 
    Contrast Example 8:34 
    Sample Essays 9:05 
    Sample Essays, Continued 10:01 
   Compare Keywords 10:22 
   Assignment Reading 11:02 
    Book Response 11:32 
  Process & Cause & Effect 16:25
   Intro 0:00 
   Process 0:12 
    Example 0:17 
    Purpose & Function 0:40 
    Details 1:20 
   Process Sample Essay 1:48 
    Example of Process Keywords 3:15 
   Cause and Effect 4:06 
    Examples 4:35 
    Example: Houses 4:56 
    Caused Questions 6:16 
    Example: Rivers 7:09 
    What is an Effect 8:10 
    Abstract Things 8:42 
    What Caused the House 10:09 
    What Caused the Success of Facebook 10:35 
    Not all 'Cause' Questions Will Help with All Topics 11:45 
   Cause Keywords 12:30 
   Effect Keywords 13:06 
   Brain Teaser 13:36 
    Correct 13:59 
    Incorrect 14:20 
   Reading 15:02 
  Mixing Patterns Together 12:05
   Intro 0:00 
   Basic Structure of an Essay 0:09 
   Which Pattern of Organization to Use? 0:31 
   The Interrogative Questions 1:10 
    Who 1:33 
    What 1:47 
    Why 1:54 
    Where 2:16 
    When 2:25 
    How 2:33 
   How to Organize Your Major Points 3:22 
    Example 1 3:48 
    Example: Jefferson 4:17 
    Example 2 5:29 
    Example 3 6:17 
    Example 4 7:42 
    Example 5 8:48 
    Example 6 (Problem Solution) 9:21 
   Assignment 10:41 
  Story Check-In: Symbols 18:45
   Intro 0:00 
   Symbolism in Literature 0:16 
   What is a Symbol? 0:55 
    Example: Victoria 1:06 
    Example: Celtic Cross 2:07 
    Example: Radiation Warning 2:48 
   What Kinds of Stories Use Symbols? 3:23 
    Definition of a Symbol 3:27 
   Who Makes the Symbols? 5:30 
    Author Assigns Symbols 5:38 
    Example: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter 5:45 
    Example: Stanley Kubrick and 2001 Space Odyssey 7:11 
    Audience Assigns Despite Author 9:00 
    Example: To Kill a Mockingbird and Huck Finn 9:10 
   What is a Symbol? 10:28 
    Examples 10:43 
   How Do You Find a Symbol? 11:17 
    Plot Device 11:21 
    Does It Show Up at Climax? 11:56 
    Characters in the Story Recognize it as a Symbol 12:41 
   Analyzing a Few Symbols 14:29 
    Snakes in Harry Potter 14:50 
    'The Spice' in the Dune Series 15:35 
    'IT' at the end of Wrinkle in Time 16:42 
   Wrap Up 17:45 
  Writing a Book Response 17:17
   Intro 0:00 
   Ready for This Lesson? 0:12 
   Required Skills 1:12 
   Plan 1:46 
   Imagine This 2:42 
    Plagiarism 3:31 
    Quote, Summarize, Paraphrase 4:00 
   Copying Correctly 4:53 
    How Do You Know What You're Copying 5:26 
    How to Copy Correctly 6:01 
   Example of Quotation 6:18 
    Quotation Marks 6:20 
    Quotation Marks + Ellipses 7:05 
    Block Quote 8:09 
    Paraphrase 9:17 
    Summarization 10:08 
   When to Use Citation 10:56 
    Citation Definition 10:58 
   Example of Citation 11:26 
    Example 2 11:35 
    Footnote 12:06 
    Insert Footnote 12:43 
   Formats of Footnotes 13:01 
    Books 13:05 
    Magazine 13:34 
   Assignment 14:12 
   Wrinkle in Time Essay 15:11 
   Brave New World Essay 16:00 
  Proofreading & Editing 29:17
   Review for the Brains 0:15 
    Right Brain 0:19 
    Left Brain 0:28 
   Process of Editing 0:59 
    Three Steps 1:08 
   Proofreading: Most Basic 1:54 
    Checks for Grammar 2:11 
    Double Negatives 3:39 
    Homonyms 6:23 
    The 'To Be' Verb 9:23 
   Proofreading Team Work 10:51 
    Have Someone Else Proofread Your Paper 11:08 
   Editing for Style 13:29 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #9 13:56 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #10 14:28 
    Passive Voice 14:38 
    Active Voice 15:50 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #12 15:52 
    Negative Form 16:19 
    Active Voice 16:47 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #13 17:26 
    Needless Words 18:33 
    Needless Words, Continued 20:05 
    Pretend 20:45 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #14 21:39 
    Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences 22:16 
    William Strunk's Elementary Composition Rule #18 22:36 
   Input From an Audience 24:39 
   Assignment 27:53 
  Internet Research & Library Research 29:47
   Intro 0:00 
   What the Internet Has Done Well 0:24 
   Some Perils of the Internet 1:47 
   Advantages of Internet Research 4:47 
    Free 4:52 
    Quickly Fact Checked & Corrects Common Misconceptions 5:31 
    Many 'Experts' Are Out There 6:40 
    Easy to Get Information 'Across the Pond' 7:34 
    All Old, Classic Literature is There for Free 8:37 
   Disadvantages of Internet Research 9:39 
    Starts as Many Rumors As It Stops 9:47 
    Teaser Information 10:44 
    Quality Checking 11:45 
    Popularity Does Not Mean Quality 13:13 
    The Facebook Factor 14:48 
   Research in Libraries 15:42 
    Why We Still Go To Libraries 15:55 
    Academic Articles in Academic Journals 16:13 
    Example of Academic Journal 18:39 
    Example of Academic Journal 19:19 
    Complete Popular Magazines 20:08 
    Example of Popular Magazine 22:11 
    Example of Popular Magazine 22:31 
    Complete Books on Any Subjects 22:59 
    Interlibrary Loan 23:37 
    Specialty Encyclopedias 24:26 
   Wrapping Up 26:05 
    Use Internet For 26:07 
    Beware of 26:22 
    Use Libraries For 26:51 
   Assignment 27:54 
  How to Write a Great Research Paper 31:07
   Intro 0:00 
   Previous Steps to a Thesis 0:48 
   More Complex Thesis 1:11 
   Picking a Topic 1:56 
    Pick an Area of Interest That You Care About & Know About 2:22 
    Narrow a Topic Down 3:38 
    Narrowing Down the Topic 5:00 
    Narrowing Down the Topic: Example 2 5:53 
    Narrowing Down the Topic: Example 3 6:44 
   Finding Information: Target 7:37 
    Example 9:47 
   Finding Information: The Search 11:57 
    Skimming 12:13 
   Finding Information: Library Books 12:49 
    Don't Read All the Books, Look at Table of Contents 14:37 
   Finding Information: Magazines 15:23 
    Magazines About 'Theater' 15:51 
    Magazines About Writers 16:06 
   Finding Information: Academic Journals 17:04 
    Narrow Focus 17:13 
    Have Arguments You Have Not Thought Of 17:32 
    Examples 18:33 
    Use Specialized Search Engines Available Only at Libraries 18:58 
   Finding Information: Encyclopedias 20:12 
   Finding Information: Google Search 21:36 
    The Google Search 21:46 
    Example 22:31 
   Finding Information: Wikipedia 22:49 
    External Links 23::29 
   Finding Information: Blogs 24:14 
   Finding Information: Online Magazines 24:51 
   Information to Thesis 25:40 
    Questions to Help Narrow Down Thesis 25:57 
    Form Your Thesis 28:06 
    Make a Tentative Outline 28:27 
    Example of a Tentative Outline 28:50 
   What Do You Do With Your Sources 30:17 
  MLA Format & Citation 21:48
   Intro 0:00 
   Format for This Lesson 0:39 
   Margins 1:21 
    Set Your Margins to 1 Inch 1:37 
    Margin Inches on All Sides 1:56 
   Headers 2:15 
    Insert Page Number 3:13 
    Close to Continue Editing Outside the Header 3:49 
   Fonts 3:59 
    Legible Fonts 4:05 
    Never Use These Fonts 4:20 
    Top of First Page 6:11 
   Bibliography 7:15 
    What Is It 7:24 
    Example 8:10 
    Hanging Indent 8:13 
    Example: Books 9:16 
    Example: Books With More Than One Author 10:33 
    Example: Essay in a Book 11:40 
    Example: Journals and Magazines 13:40 
    Example: Websites 14:36 
   In Text Citation Exercise 16:43 
   Bibliography: Websites 19:14 
    Books By Organization 19:20 
    More Than One Work by the Same Author 19:38 
    Old 'Classic' Works 20:06 
    Religious Texts 20:35 
   Assignment 20:47 
  Intro to Critical Thinking 32:07
   Intro 0:00 
   The Brain Teaser 0:34 
    Correct 0:44 
    Incorrect 1:00 
    Why It's Incorrect 1:23 
   Critical Thinking: Why Bother? 2:33 
    Avoid the Bad 2:43 
    Get to the Good 4:34 
   The Plan 6:55 
   A Few Myths 7:29 
    Myth 1 7:31 
    Example 8:09 
    Practice: Fact or Opinion 9:16 
    Few Things to Remember 11:03 
    Myth 2 12:50 
    Why It's Partially True 13:23 
   Sponging and Panning for Gold 15:57 
    Sponging 16:10 
    Sponging Advantages 16:24 
    Sponging Disadvantages 17:29 
    How Panning for Gold is Similar to Sponging 18:43 
    How Panning for Gold Goes Beyond Sponging 19:08 
    Example: Panning for Gold 20:50 
    Example: Panning for Gold Questions 22:14 
    Example: Panning for Gold Counter Arguments 23:28 
   How Do I Know Its True 24:41 
    Empiricism 25:20 
    Rationalism 25:49 
    Examples of Empiricism 26:26 
    Examples of Rationalism 27:13 
   Asking the Right Questions 28:39 
   Assignment: Your Opinions 31:25 
  Issues, Reasons & Conclusions 23:05
   Intro 0:00 
   Overview for This Lesson 0:15 
    The Courtroom 1:04 
   Issues 2:34 
    Example 2:47 
    Descriptive Issues 3:56 
    Prescriptive Issues 5:06 
    Difference Between Descriptive and Prescriptive Issue 6:09 
   Conclusion 6:41 
    Example 7:03 
    Are Conclusions Opinions? 7:57 
    Two Kinds of Opinions 8:57 
    M. Neil Brown's Definition 10:16 
    Finding a Conclusion 11:12 
    Finding a Conclusion, Continued 12:31 
    Presenting a Conclusion 13:05 
   Reasons 13:55 
    What Are the Reasons? 13:58 
    Finding a Reason 15:02 
    Presenting Reasons 16:34 
    Kinds of Reasons: Empirical Evidence 17:14 
    Kinds of Reasons: Logical Appeals 18:25 
   Evaluating Reasons 19:12 
    Sample 19:19 
    The Courtroom 19:33 
    Are All Reasons Equally good? 20:35 
   Assignment: Self Reflect 20:49 
   Assignment: Read 21:44 
  Good & Bad Reasoning 32:52
   Into 0:00 
   Outline for This Lesson 0:25 
    What is an Argument? 1:44 
   General Rules 2:39 
    Burden of Proof 2:40 
    Why the Prosecutor Has to Prove the Case 3:31 
    Issues 5:19 
    Example of Framing Issues 5:52 
   Empirical Evidence 7:14 
    Statistics 7:22 
    Example: Deceptive Statistics 8:40 
    Example 1 Explanation 9:47 
    Example 2 Explanation 10:37 
    Expert Testimony 11:40 
    Good Example 12:59 
    Bad Example 13:39 
    Reliable Sources 14:25 
   Rationalism and Logic 15:22 
    Deductive Reasoning 15:49 
    Modus Ponens 16:19 
    Hypothetical Syllogism 17:14 
    Disjuctive Syllogism 17:56 
    Reductio ad Absurdum 18:34 
    In Normal Speech 20:10 
   Logical Fallacies 21:35 
    Ad Hominem 22:05 
    Attach the Person Saying the Argument 23:53 
    Circular Reasoning 24:25 
    Hasty Generalization 26:16 
    Affirming the Consequent 28:07 
    Appeal to Majority 30:02 
   Assignment 31:42 
  Organizing an Argumentative Paper 22:58
   Intro 0:00 
   Previous Organization 0:21 
    Basic Five Paragraph 0:28 
    Patterns of Organization 1:03 
   Plan for This Lesson 1:38 
   Researching an Issue 2:10 
    What Sources Should You Use? 2:14 
    What Kinds of Issues Can You Explore 3:58 
    How Should You 'Frame' The Issue? 7:45 
    Focus Your Yes/ No Question 8:22 
    How Do You Answer the 'Yes/ No'? 9:56 
   Introductions 10:55 
    Add This in Addition to Old Rules 11:37 
    The Thesis 12:11 
    Example of an Intro 13:25 
   Body Paragraphs 15:09 
    How Many Reasons Do You Have? 15:18 
    Example 16:07 
    Basic Organization 16:54 
    Basic + Rebuttal 17:45 
    Explanation + Reasons 19:03 
   Assignment: Write an Argumentative Paper 21:17 
   Assignment: A Great Paper 22:24 
  Introduction to Rhetoric 18:38
   Intro 0:00 
   Format for This Lesson 0:16 
   What is Rhetoric 0:44 
    Definition 0:48 
    Example 1:45 
    Know Your Audience 2:45 
   Fear and Higher Values 4:48 
    Appeals to Fear 4:58 
    Examples: Appeals to Fear 6:13 
    Higher Value 7:03 
    Appeals to Higher Values 8:23 
   Yes, and Yes Again 9:40 
    Assume the Obvious Examples 10:50 
    Assume the Obvious Example 11:36 
    Specifics 12:32 
   Hide Your Cards 13:27 
    Writing Your Thesis 3:34 
    Thesis with Clear Conclusions 14:15 
    Thesis That Hide the Cards 15:58 
   Assignment: Writing 17:16 
   Assignment: Reading 18:04 
  Laws of Persuasion 24:21
   Intro 0:00 
   Laws of Persuasion 0:09 
    Examples of Uses of Laws of Persuasion 1:01 
    Can Be Consistent with Logic or Can Be Logical Fallacies 2:09 
   1st Law: Reciprocity 3:58 
    Definition 4:17 
    Example 4:32 
    What You Can Do 5:50 
   2nd Law: Contrast 6:50 
    Definition 6:55 
    Example 7:12 
    What You Can Do 8:39 
   3rd Law: Social Proof 9:56 
    Definition 10:01 
    Examples of Uses of Laws of Persuasion 11:14 
    What You Can Do 12:30 
   4th Law: Consistency 14:14 
    Definition 14:17 
    Examples 14:32 
    What You Can Do 17:08 
   5th Law: Association 19:06 
    Definition 19:09 
    Examples 19:19 
    How It Works 20:22 
   Wrap Up 21:49 
    Laws Can Be Used for Good or Evil 22:43 
   Assignment 23:29 
  Intro to Creative Writing 30:47
   Intro 0:00 
   What Have We Covered So Far 0:37 
   Rules 1:39 
   Sir Ken Robinson's Ted Talks 2:41 
    Everyone is Born Creative 3:10 
    Creativity is as Important as Math/Science 5:24 
    Quotes From Sir Ken Robinson 7:11 
   'Teaching' Creativity 8:13 
   Rules 9:41 
   Three Things to Help 9:53 
   Journal Entries 10:53 
    When? 11:40 
    Where? Folk Wisdom 13:07 
    Where? 15:03 
    What? 15:40 
    What? (Things to Imagine) 17:23 
    What If's 18:51 
   Go Do Something New 20:50 
    New Simple Ideas 21:44 
    New Things Around Your High School 23:04 
    New Things Around Town 24:37 
   The Random Sentences 26:11 
    Step 1 26:48 
    Step 2 and 3 27:24 
    Step 4 29:26 
   Sir Ken Robinson Says 30:16 
  Making Story People 19:33
   Intro 0:00 
   Making Characters 0:43 
   Brainstorming Characters 1:41 
    First Thing Everyone Uses for their Character: Yourself 1:46 
    First Thing Everyone Uses for their Character: Friends and Family 3:07 
    Pitfalls to Using Yourself and People You Know 4:04 
    Quickly Overcoming Those Pitfalls 5:19 
    Get to Know 'Personalities' 7:23 
    4 Types of Personalities 7:39 
    What the Letters Mean 7:56 
   Process for Making a Character 9:40 
    Alfred Hitchcock Says 9:55 
    Problem With His Statement 10:25 
    Imagine Unexpected Actions 11:33 
    What Does the Character Care About? 12:46 
    Labels 14:04 
    Label Examples Bart Simpson 15:42 
    Label Examples Hermione Granger 15:56 
    Label Examples Luke Skywalker 16:09 
    Label Examples Bilbo Baggins 16:26 
    Switching Adjectives 16:57 
   Assignment 18:19 
  Making a Plot 18:54
   Intro 0:00 
   The Goal 0:17 
    Short Story 0:23 
    Things for This Lesson 1:32 
   The LOCK System 2:20 
    Lead Character 2:25 
    Examples 3:34 
    Objective 5:07 
    Examples 5:55 
    More Examples 6:54 
    Confrontation 7:52 
    Examples 8:45 
    Knock-Out 10:00 
   Three Act Structure 12:54 
    Act 1: Introduce the Characters and the Conflict 13:03 
    Act 2: Thicken the Plot 14:59 
    Act 3: Resolve the Conflict 16:06 
   Assignment 16:47 
    More Assignment 17:49 
  Showing, Not Telling 17:17
   Intro 0:00 
   Overview for this Lesson 0:34 
    Concept to be Learned 0:36 
    Struck and White's Advice 1:10 
    Examples of Telling 2:14 
   Show and Tell 3:01 
    Examples of Showing 1 3:11 
    Examples of Showing 2 3:43 
    Examples of Showing 3 4:14 
    Show and Tell 5:10 
   Showing by Actions 6:09 
    Labels 6:19 
    Personality Page 6:32 
    What Would This Character Do (Big Things)? 6:49 
    What Would This Character Do (Mundane Things)? 7:48 
   Body Language 9:35 
    Common Emotions 9:52 
    Facial Expressions 10:33 
    Other Parts of the Body 13:12 
   Assignment 15:31 
  Writing Your Way Into College 26:59
   Intro 0:00 
   Getting Ready for College 0:48 
    Importance of All That You've Done 1:46 
    Communicate Accomplishments Effectively 2:40 
    Things to Cover in This Lesson 2:58 
   Persuasion Process 3:54 
    Steps Towards Persuasion 4:24 
   Know Your Audience 5:21 
    Meet the Temp Graduate 5:38 
    Meet the Lifer Drone 6:13 
    What do They Have in Common 6:37 
    Things That Admissions People Find Boring 7:18 
    Things That Admissions People Will Like 9:00 
    Admissions People are Like Coal Miners 9:49 
   Know Your School 10:21 
    What Do You Know About the School Already? 10:37 
    What Does the School Want? 12:43 
    How Do You Find This Information? 14:36 
   Know Your Strengths 16:32 
    What Have I Done That Makes Me a 'Diamond'? 16:44 
    How Do Your Strengths Match the Schools Needs 17:33 
    Communicating Effectively 19:48 
    Communicate Indirectly (Wrong Way) 20:42 
    Communicate Indirectly (Better Way) 21:46 
   Opening Lines 22:49 
    Purpose 22:57 
    Bad Opening Line Examples 23:36 
    Good Opener Examples 24:13 
   Never Forget 26:11