WR325 :: Rhetoric of Professional Writing, Fall 2011

Course Resources

Team Websites

Richnor Springs :: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School :: Loyola Writing Center

Course Schedule

Project 1 :: Project 2 :: Project 3 :: Project 4

Unit 1 - Week 1 :: Project 1 Assignment Sheet

9/7 :: Course intro.; review syllabus; academic and professional writing; teamwork; Project 1

Week 2

9/10 :: Good Clean Fun - Canceled: If you're thinking about working on the Richnor Springs project, you may want to join me for the neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, September 10 at 9 AM. Get to know the Richnor Springs folks and pitch in to help clean up their neighborhood!

9/12 :: Choose project/teams (6 people max for Richnor Springs and 6 people max for the Writing Center); read Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach (TC) chapters 21 and 18; read Dubinsky's "The Land-Grant Way" and Brotzman's "Service Learning in Post-Katrina New Orleans – the Jesuit Way"

9/14 :: Read TC chapter 1 and the Purdue OWL's Effective Workplace Writing resource; read the Purdue OWL's stasis resource; read TC chapter 6, the Observations, Interviews, and Surveys, the Empirical Research Map, and the Empirical Research Methodology handout; set up team meeting with me to discuss project; bring rough draft of your partner/client meeting questions

Week 3

9/19 :: Read TC chapters 3 and 10; review short proposal in chapter 21 and the proposal on pages 571-577; MLA and APA citation - TC pages 677-678, 683-684; review the Grading Criteria handout at the top of this page

9/20 :: Richnor Springs team attend the monthly nieghoborhood meeting at the Loyola 5104 building at 7:00 PM (meeting starts at 7:00 PM, but you should be there at 6:50 PM)

9/21 :: Read TC chapters 11 and 23, Stasis Methdology; print out and bring to class the Stasis Worksheet

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Unit 2 - Week 4 :: Project 2 Assignment Sheet

9/26 :: Watch this video, read Reason as a Weapon, and search the Internet and try to answer this question: what is rhetoric?; read The Rhetoric Tradition Introduction to Classical Rhetoric; read the Isocrates introduction and the excerpts from his Antidosis (from beginning to "...in error as to a course of action."); review Greek Timeline

9/28 :: Read the Canons of Rhetoric; read Dubinsky's "Service-Learning as a Path to Virtue"; to help us with class discussion, download and bring to class the Isocrates-Dubinsky grid; Richnor Springs group: begin reading the SNAP Plan (should be done by 10/3); Cristo Rey group: read Invisible Knapsack and the Cristo Rey Jesuit HS website; Writing Center group: begin reading Stephen North's "The Idea of a Writing Center" (should be done by 10/3)

Week 5

10/3 :: Bring project proposal rough drafts; read Katz's "The Ethic of Expediency"; begin your grid

10/5 :: Project 1 due; read Aristotle's Proofs and TC chapter 5; review Induction and Deduction and Identifying Induction and Deduction; read Compare-Contrast Rhetorics handout

Week 6

10/10 :: Read St. Augustine - introduction and On Christian Doctrine (1-5, 7-10, 27-34); read the Purdue OWL fallacies page, Identifying Fallacies 1, and Identifying Fallacies 2; review the Fallacies Taxonomy; read TC pages 254-256

10/12 :: Bring outline of Project 2; 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 ethics, Center 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

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Unit 3 - Week 7 :: Project 3 Assignment Sheet

10/17 :: Reading Test 1 (study topic - focus on ethics in the readings from class so far; you might even grid for ethics); read TC chapter 2, Author-Centered Cover Letter and Résumé, Reader-Centered Cover Letter and Résumé, Nick's Letter, and the Purdue OWL's Audience Analysis resource; review cover letter and résumé checklists

10/19 :: Bring rough drafts of your résumé or CV and cover letter or personal statement for the writing workshop; also bring your job ad or graduate program/internshp description

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Unit 4 - Week 8 :: Project 4 Assignment Sheet

10/24 :: Project 2 is due; look at free css templates and pick one that you and your civic partners/client like; begin planning the website/deliverable; watch the first episode of The Wire; read TC chapters 13 and pages 357-377

10/26 :: Read TC chapters 14 and 19; review the Purdue OWL's HATS presentation and review the Purdue OWL's Visual Rhetoric resources, and these OWL Flash movies are fun!

Week 9

10/31 :: Project 3 Due; read TC chapter 20 and Webpagesthatsuck

11/2 :: Richnor Springs group: read "Who Are We?"; Cristo Rey group: read the Cristo Rey Network website; Writing Center group: read "Wiring a Usable Center" from Wiring the Writing Center and "OWLs in Theory and Practice" from Taking Flight with OWLs; in-class work: Visual Literacy presentation

Week 10

11/7 :: Read TC chapters 4 and 22; bring team progress memo; continue working on your websites

11/9 :: Read usability testing page; review Purdue OWL Usability Report

Week 11

11/14 :: Read TC chapter 16; develop your website usability test

11/16 :: Conduct in-class usability test

Week 12

11/21 :: Reading Test 2 (university policy states that you must be in class to take the test on that day); in-class work time for websites and deliverables

11/23 :: No class - Thanksgiving break

Week 13

11/28 :: Revision and readability - read the Paramedic Method; the Five Principles of Readability, the Flesch-Kincaid Readbility tests, and www.read-able.com

11/30 :: Usability memo due; in-class work time for websites and deliverables

Week 14

12/5 :: In-class work time

12/7 :: Rough draft of deliverables rough draft are due in class

Final draft of deliverables are due on exam day

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