“After five-plus weeks of gleefully setting the Washington establishment ablaze and declaring a new war with virtually every public utterance, Mr. Trump took the radical step on Tuesday night of delivering a soothing comfort food of an address to a jittery Congress and skeptical public.” -“5 Key Takeaways From President Trump’s Speech”, The New York Times
The first part of this sentence, from “After” to “utterance”, is completely dependent upon the second part of the sentence. The second part, however, is a completely independent clause. This is a fairly complex sentence, yet it’s also easy to understand (most likely due to the simplistic wording). Although there are numerous nouns, the main subject of the sentence is easily identified as Trump, who set Washington ablaze, declared war, took steps, and delivered an address. The remaining words in the sentence are more informative, referring to how Trump did certain actions (i.e. gleefully set), and who he did those actions to (jittery Congress).
David Fleming concludes his City of Rhetoric by arguing that “education [should be] oriented to the ‘strong publics’ of decision making rather than the ‘weak publics’ of opinion formation” (205). For Fleming, then, composition courses, which traditionally have asked students to write ____________________________, should instead have students __________________________. In other words, ___________________________.