English 15S Freshman Rhetoric & Composition / First-Year Seminar (Fall 2017)



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Course Policies

Course Schedule 

Department of English grading standards

Department of English Plagiarism Policy 

Penn State Center for Excellence in Writing

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Penn State University Libraries Home

English 15 Research & Study Guide

A Guide to Grammar and Style

The MLA Style Center

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

Revision / Re-Vision

Free Media Library

Penn State Media Commons

DUS resources

Electronic Reserve





Assignment #1: This I Believe Essay
This I Believe website
WPSU’s This I Believe
Peer Review Guidelines (TIB)
This I Believe Draft Workshop
This I Believe reading schedule

Assignment #2: Defining a Term or Concept 
Library Research for Definition Essay
Approved Topics for Definition Essay
The MLA Style Center
Research and Citation Resources
Peer Review Guidelines (definition)
Definition Draft Workshop 

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

Assignment #4: Rhetorical Analysis 
American Rhetoric–Online Speech Bank
Peer Review Guidelines (RA)
Rhetorical Analysis Draft Workshop 

Assignment #5: Informal Evaluation 
Peer Review Guidelines (evaluation)
Evaluation Draft Workshop 

► Appointment schedule






Paul M. Kellermann   

Office:    116 Burrowes Building

Mailbox: 430 Burrowes Building

E-mail:   pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours:  Tuesday 10:30-11:30, Thursday 10:30-11:30 & 3:00-4:00, and by appointment


Last updated 23 October 2017

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