English 15 — Freshman Rhetoric & Composition



Castles Burning



Idiot Wind

Town Cryer



Warning: This course contains material on rhetoric.  Rhetoric is a theory, not a fact, regarding the effective use of language. 
This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered. 


Course Policies


Department of English grading standards

Department of English Plagiarism Policy 

Penn State Center for Excellence in Writing

Everything's an Argument e-resources 

Penn State University Libraries Home

English 15  Research & Study Guide

A Guide to Grammar and Style

Citation Style for Research Papers

How to Use an Apostrophe

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

A Little Help with Capitals

The Golden Rule of Writing (according to Strunk and White)

Argument Proposals






Assignment #1: This I Believe Essay
This I Believe website
WPSU’s This I Believe
This I Believe reading schedule (section 32)
This I Believe reading schedule (section 83)
This I Believe Draft Workshop  

Assignment #2: Definition  
Library Research for Definition
Definition Draft Workshop 

Assignment #3: Discursive Bibliographic Essay
Hacker Guide to MLA Documentation 

Assignment #4: Rhetorical Analysis 
American Rhetoric–Online Speech Bank
Rhetorical Analysis Draft Workshop

Assignment #5: Recommendation Essay 
Recommendation Draft Workshop 

  Appointment schedule  





Paul M. Kellermann   

Office:    224 South Allen Street
 (Room 114, Cubicle A) 

Mailbox: 136 Ritenour Building


E-mail:   pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours:  Tuesday 1:00-2:00 @ Webster’s Bookstore Café
Wednesday 4:30-5:30 @ Kern Graduate Building
Thursday 10:00-11:00 @ 224 South Allen Street
and by appointment


Last updated 24 March 2014