WR325.01, Spring 2014

Course Resources

Course Schedule

Unit 1 – Rhetoric and Professional Writing; The Reader-Centered Approach

Week 1 :: Homework for Points (minutes, short paper, progress memo)

1/14 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; rhetoric and professional writing; the short paper (see Homework for Points assignment sheet above); minutes sign-up sheet

1/16 :: Please let me know which group project you will be doing this semester; watch this video, read Reason as a Weapon, and search the Internet and try to answer this question: what is rhetoric?; read the following from The Rhetorical Tradition: “Introduction to Classical Rhetoric” up to “Isocrates and Education in Rhetoric.” Review the Greek timeline. Reading questions: 1. Who were the sophists? 2. Why were they “scorned” by rhetoricians/philosophers who followed them? 3. What is rhetoric? 4. What is philosophy? 5. What is the Greek notion of kairos, and why might it be important to professional writing? You may want to read ahead over the weekend for next week; we have a lot to cover

Week 2

1/21 :: From The Rhetorical Tradition, read the introductions for Isocrates and Plato then read the excerpt from his Antidosis from Isoc. 15 253 “We ought, therefore, to think of the art of discourse…” to Isoc. 15 292 “…in error as to a course of action.” Reading questions: 1. How does Isocrates define rhetoric? 2. What are his set structures and strategies for addressing different rhetorical situations? 3. Who is Isocrates criticizing in the excerpt from Antidosis and why is he doing that?

1/23 :: Snow day make up

Unit 2 – Communication and Your Career

Week 3 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

1/28 :: Via email, please schedule a meeting during my office hours to discuss your short paper. From The Rhetorical Tradition, read the Aristotle introduction then read the excerpt from his On Rhetoric from Aristot. Rh. 1.1 “Rhetoric is a counterpart of Dialectic…” to Aristot. Rh 1.3 “what the three kinds of Rhetoric, deliberative, epideictic, and forensic, are concerned with.” Review the canons of rhetoricAristotle’s proofsinduction and deduction, and identifying induction and deduction. Reading questions: 1. How does Aristotle define rhetoric? 2. Why do you think Aristotle wanted to categorize philosophy and rhetoric? 3. What are some similarities and differences you notice between Isocrates and Aristotle?. Also read the Purdue OWL fallacies pageIdentifying Fallacies 1, and Identifying Fallacies 2

1/30 :: Bring outline for the short paper with the document you will analyze. Read Dubinsky’s “Service-Learning as a Path to Virtue.” Reading questions: 1. What are Dubinsky’s main points, and what is he arguing? 2. What are some ways that Dubinsky claims classical rhetoric influences professional writing? 3. What are the similarities and differences between service-learning and client work, and why do you think we need some form of experiential learning in professional writing? 

Week 4

2/4 :: Reading test 1 on classical rhetoric and Dubinskybring a rough draft of your short paper; read the Project 1 assignment sheet and TC chapters 1 and 2

2/6 :: Short paper due. Bring your job ad for Project 1 along with your audience analysisread this article on workplace writing. You may want to read ahead over the weekend for next week; we have a lot to cover

Unit 3 – Teamwork, Service-Learning, and Clients; Information Reports

Week 5 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

2/11 :: Bring in your cover letter draft to workshop; bring rough, rough draft of résumé; schedule your group’s meeting with me to discuss your semester project; read Author-Centered Cover Letter and Résumé, Reader-Centered Cover Letter and RésuméNick’s Letter; review cover letter and résumé checklists

2/13 :: Read the Project 2 assignment sheet and TC chapters 19 and 21 over the weekend

Week 6

2/18 :: Bring rough draft of résumé to workshop; read TC chapters 13 and 25

2/20 :: Project 1 due; read TC chapters 3 and 23; bring in effective and ineffective letters and memos you find on the web 

Unit 4 – Presentations, Instructions, and Readability; Ethics

Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

2/25 :: Reading test 2; read TC chapters  8, 14, and 15; read the Purdue OWL’s Visual Rhetoric resources, the Visual Literacy Presentation; and these OWL Flash movies are fun

2/27 :: Grammar and mechanics test; read TC chapters 16 and 20; Wordle exercise for job search documents

Mid-term grades due by 2/28 (S = satisfactory work; U = unsatisfactory work)

Week 8

3/4 :: Spring break, no class

3/6 :: Spring break, no class

Week 9 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

3/11 :: Group memo due; read TC chapter 28 and the Project 4 assignment sheet; in-class work time for information report community partner/client

3/13 :: Reading test 3; bring in effective and ineffective sets of instructions

Week 10

3/18 :: In-class work day for instructions: build your item, develop instructions, and take pictures of your steps and final product 

3/20 :: Bring your instructions so two people can test them by trying to build your item; in-class work day for the information report on community partner/client

Week 11

3/25 :: Project 2 due; read TC chapter 18, the Paramedic Method, and the Five Principles of Readability

3/27 :: Read TC chapters 10 and 17

Week 12

4/1 ::  Read the Flesch-Kincaid Readbility tests, and www.read-able.com; use these tests to ensure that your instructions are between a Flesch-Kincaid Readability score of 7.0-8.0 and a Flesch Reading Ease score of 60-70

4/3 :: Project 3 due; in-class work day for team presentations: begin organizing and creating your presentation; read Anderson ch. 19 and workplace attire handout to prepare for your presentation; you can also use this infographic (thanks, Ashlee!) to help choose appropriate attire. And yet, you may not want to conform too much; read why.

Week 13

4/8 :: Read enough of these overviews to gain a formative background on the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the U.S. after 9/1; read Johnson-Sheehan on Ethics, review creating your own organization’s code of ethicsCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions; read WTOP news brief on Cheney and Waterboarding and enough of these memos to have a good idea of the U.S. Department of Justice’s stance on waterboarding: U.S. Department of Justice Memo; reading questions: 1. What would you do if you were a technical writer assigned to edit the Department of Justice memo? 2. Why would you take that course of action based on what you read in the Johnson-Sheehan excerpt on ethics?

4/10 :: Reading test 4; read Katz’s “The Ethic of Expediency

Week 14

4/15 :: Bring your deliverables drafts; revision of job search documents due; group deliverables workshop and in-class team project work day

4/17 :: Easter break, no class

Week 15

4/22 :: Bring deliverable drafts for in-class work; group work conferences with me

4/24 :: Bring deliverable drafts for in-class work; group work conferences with me

5/6 :: Exam Day – Projects 3 and 4 due on exam day with letter of transmittal, project checklist, and fifteen-minute presentation. Meet at 9:00 AM in MD Hall 240. Attendance at your scheduled final exam time is required to pass this class. Please obtain university permission and let me know in advance if you need to reschedule your exam due to exam scheduling conflict.