SFSU Course Archive

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Week 1
Course Introductions
Tuesday, August 24
REVIEW:
LESSON:

Course orientation & website introduction; Week 2 assignment description

Week 2
Argument Patterns Overview
Tuesday, August 31
SUBMIT:
  • Argument Analysis ESSAY (2 pp minimum)  (iLearn)

READ:

Everything's an Argument (EA): Chapter 1 "Understanding Arguments and Reading them Critically" pp 3-29

Business Communication (BC): Chapter 1 "Good Writing" pp 1-15

NYT Opinion Pages "Room for Debate"  (web)

REVIEW:

The Rules 

Proofreading Notes

Common Error Patterns

Quotation Integration Strategies

File Naming Guide

Formatting Template

MLA Citation Quick Guide

Essay Rubric Explanation

LESSON:

Types of argument & writing strategies overview

Week 3
Unit 1 Introduction
Tuesday, September 7
READ:

EA Chapter 7 "Structuring Arguments" pp 135-142

EA Chapter 8 "Arguments of Fact" pp 164-185

Business Writer's Companion (BWC) selections:

  • pp xxvii-xxxiv "Five Steps..."

  • pp 3-6 "Audience" & "Collaborative Writing"

  • p 33 "Preparation"

  • p 35-38 "Proofreading" & "Purpose"

  • p 39-40 "Revision"

  • p 41 "Writing a Draft"

  • pp 162-164 "Notetaking," "Paraphrasing," & "Plagiarism"

  • pp 167-174 "Research"

  • pp 310-311 "Conciseness"

STUDY:

"Rogerian Argument: Definition & Examples" | ThoughtCo  (web)

"What is Rogerian argument?" (YouTube)

LESSON:

Structuring Rogerian arguments of fact; Project overview & group selection

Week 4
Project Workshop
Tuesday, September 14
READ:

BC Chapter 2 "Start-up Strategies" pp 18-20 only

STUDY:
REVIEW:

EA Chapter 7 "Structuring Arguments" pp 135-142

EA Chapter 8 "Arguments of Fact" pp 164-185

LESSON:
Start-up strategy practice: The Questioning Method
WORKSHOP:

Group project development

Week 5
Project Workshop
Tuesday, September 21
SUBMIT:
  • Personal Project Narrative (1 p minimum)  (iLearn)
READ:
EA Chapter 15 "Presenting Arguments" pp 366-380
BC Chapter 6 "Presentations" pp 44-51
STUDY:
WORKSHOP: 
Group project development
Week 6
Group Presentations & Critique

Tuesday, September 28

SUBMIT:  

  • Prezi presentation link  (Email)

COMPLETE: 

  • Peer review survey response (one for each group presentation)  (iLearn)

PRESENT:

  • Group Argument Pitches & Prezis

Week 7

Skills Week: Business Forms: Cover Letters

Tuesday, October 5

SUBMIT:

  • Cover Letter DRAFT (1 p min/max)  (iLearn)

  • Group Write (6 pp min)  (iLearn)

READ:

BC Appendix B  pp 70-71 (pp 139-142 for print editions)

BWC "Application Cover Letters"  pp 261-265

STUDY:

EXERCISE: Group work: cover letter revision

LESSON:

Cover letters: Principals and critique

Week 9

Unit 3 Introduction: Definition-based claims & the Toulmin model

Tuesday, October 19

SUBMIT:
  • Cover Letter FINAL (1 p min/max)  (iLearn)

READ & WATCH:

Toulmin Midterm Essay - Assignment Description

EA Chapter 7  pp 143-163 on Toulmin argumentation

EA Chapter 9 "Arguments of Definition" pp 197-223

Toulmin Argument  (YouTube)

STUDY:

The Toulmin Model - Reading A

The Toulmin Model - Reading B

Definition/Toulmin Argument - Sample practice 1​

Definition/Toulmin Argument - Sample practice 2

LESSON:

Structuring arguments of definition & the Toulmin model



Week 10

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Tuesday, October 26
READ:

NYT "Libel Law" opinion piece

NYT "Sex Education" opinion piece

STUDY:

Definition/Toulmin - Exercise Description

GMAT sample questions

EXERCISE:

Group work: Outlining a Toulmin argument

Week 11

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Tuesday, November 2
SUBMIT:
  • Logical Fallacies QUIZ  (iLearn)

  • Definition/Toulmin Exercise  (iLearn)

READ:

EA Chapter 5 "Fallacies of Argument"  pp 79-95

EA Chapter 6 "Rhetorical Analysis"  pp 97-130

Trump speech transcript  (web excerpt)

WATCH:

Analyzing Trump  (web)

10 Logical Fallacies  (YouTube)

Deduction & Induction  (YouTube)

STUDY:

15 Logical Fallacies  (web)

15 Common Logical Fallacies  (web)

Thinking Logically: Deduction & Induction  (web)

REVIEW:

Tips for writing timed essays

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly  (YouTube)

LESSON:

Logical fallacies practice & review

Week 12
  Online midterm exam - No In-class meeting this week  

Tuesday, November 9

SUBMIT:

  • Definition/Toulmin ESSAY (timed in course, 700 words min)  (iLearn)