Spring 2021

Week 1

Wed, January 27:


LESSON: Course orientation & website introduction; Week 2 Assignment description


Week 2

Wed, February 3


  • Argument Analysis


  • EA (8e) Chap 1

  • BC Chap 1 "Good Writing" pp 1-15


LESSON: EA argument identification overview; BC "What is Good Writing?"

Week 3 - Unit Lesson & Groups

Wednesday, February 10


  • BWC (Business Writer's Companion) 7e, selections:

(Pagination below is for the 7th edition of BWC and may differ slightly from the 8th edition. Please use the sections titles listed to guide your reading.)

    • pp xxvii-xxxiii "Five Steps..."

    • pp 3-5 "Audience" & "Collaborative Writing"

    • p 33 "Preparation"

    • p 35-36 "Proofreading" & "Purpose"

    • p 39 "Revision"

    • p 41 "Writing a Draft"

    • pp 162-64 "Notetaking," "Paraphrasing," & "Plagiarism"

    • pp 167-173 "Research"

    • pp 310 "Conciseness"



LESSON: Structuring Rogerian arguments of fact; Project introduction & group formation

Week 4 - Workshopping

Wednesday, February 17




EA Chap 7 "Structuring Arguments" pp 135-142

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

LESSON: Start-up strategy practice: The Questioning Method

WORKSHOP: Group project development


Week 5 - Workshopping

Wednesday, February 24

SUBMIT:  Personal Project Narrative: 1 pp (mimimum) (iLearn submission)


Sample Individual Project Narrative 1

Sample Individual Project Narrative 2


  • EA Chap 15 "Presenting Arguments" pp 366-380

  • BC Chap 6 "Presentations" pp 44-51

WORKSHOP: Group project development

Week 6 - Presentations

Wednesday, March 3

SUBMIT:  Prezi presentation link via Email


COMPLETE: (one survey response for each group presentation) *In iLearn

PRESENT: Group Argument Pitches & Prezis


Week 7 - Skills Week:

Business Forms: Cover Letters

Wednesday, March 10

SUBMIT: Cover Letter DRAFT (1/2 - 1 page) *iLearn submission


  • BC Appendix B pp 70-71 (129-142)

  • BWC "Application Cover Letters" pp 261-265


EXERCISE: Group work: cover letter revision

LESSON: Cover letters: Principals and critique

Fall 2020

Week 15 - Skills Week:

Business Letters

Please bring a laptop or tablet with you for in-class exercises

Thursday, December 5


  • BC Chap 2 "Startup Strategies" pp 25-26 (Free writing)

  • BC Chap 5 "Everyday Writing" pp 67-72 ("Business Letters That Do the Job")


GROUP SUBMIT (in class): Practice business letter (from Letter Types List)

LESSON: Business letters - Principals & critique

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Sample memo #2 (pdf file)

Rogerian vs Classical Argument

Fact-based Argument

Dates & Deadlines

First day of class: Jan 26

Labor Day recess: Sep 7

Add/Drop deadline: Sep 14

Veteran's Day recess: Nov 11

Withdraw deadline: Nov 16

Thanksgiving recess: Nov 23-27

Last day of class: Dec 9

Last day of term: Dec 18



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How to Cite a Book

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