Theodore Roosevelt making a speech.

Theodore Roosevelt standing on a table outdoors and making a speech to men seated around him. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [Reproduction number, LC-USZ62-95886 (b&w film copy neg.)])


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Spring 2005



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This course uses the study of rhetoric as an opportunity to offer instruction in critical thinking. Through extensive writing and speaking assignments, students will develop their abilities to analyze texts of all kinds and to generate original and incisive ideas of their own. Critical thinking and original analysis as expressed in writing and in speech are the paramount goals of this class. The course will thus divide its efforts between an examination of the subject matter and an examination of student writing and speaking, in order to encourage in both instances the principal aims of the course.

Aden Evens. 21W.747 Rhetoric, Spring 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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