English 15S Freshman Rhetoric & Composition / First-Year Seminar



Castles Burning



Idiot Wind

Town Cryer



Ashes to Ashes / DUS to DUS



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 8)
This I Believe reading schedule (section 11)
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  






Instructor: Paul M. Kellermann   
Office:    147 Burrowes Building
Mailbox: 139 Burrowes Building
Phone:   814.865.3949 (office)
E-mail:   pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours:  Monday 10:15-11:15, Wednesday 10:30-11:30, Friday 11:00-12:00, and by appointment



Last updated 28 October 2013