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



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


DUS resources

CLA Student Success Toolkit





Assignment #1: This I Believe Essay
This I Believe website
WPSU’s This I Believe
This I Believe Draft Workshop
This I Believe reading schedule (section 1)
This I Believe reading schedule (section 4)

Assignment #2: Defining a Term, Concept, or Issue   
Library Research for Definition Essay
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: Informal Evaluation 
Evaluation Draft Workshop 

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Paul M. Kellermann   

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

Mailbox: 136 Ritenour Building


E-mail:   pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours:  Tuesday 2:30-3:30 @ Webster’s Bookstore Café
Wednesday 4:30-5:30 @ Kern Graduate Building 
Thursday 2:30-3:30 @ Webster’s Bookstore Café
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Last updated 31 October 2015

Department of English
College of the Liberal Arts
The Pennsylvania State University