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Week 1
Course Introductions
Monday, January 24
REVIEW:
LESSON:

Course orientation & website introduction; Week 2 assignment description

Week 2
Argument Patterns Overview
Monday, January 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
Monday, February 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
Monday, February 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
Monday, February 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

Monday, February 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

Monday, March 7

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 8

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

Monday, March 14

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 9

Monday, March 21

Spring Break - No In-class meeting this week  

 
 
Week 11

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Monday, April 4
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 12

Workshop: Definition Arguments & The Toulmin Framework

Monday, April 11
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 13
  Online midterm exam - No In-class meeting this week  

Monday, April 18

SUBMIT:

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

Week 14 
Unit Introduction: RFPs & Proposals
Monday, April 25
READ:

EA Chap 12 "Proposals" pp 286-305

BWC "Proposals" pp 120-132

BWC "Formal Reports" pp 176-201

Project Proposal/RFP Assignment Description

Proposals at a glance

Checklists for proposal writing

Business Plans vs Business Proposals  (weblink)

REVIEW (You are NOT required to read all of the items linked below. Read and refer to them only as needed throughout the proposal unit):
* Please Note: The resources below are LARGE scanned files:
Some may take time to load on your machine

Deadline Tips for Proposal Writing

Internal Proposals

  1. Sample Internal Proposal - Watershed Protection

External Proposals, pt 1

External Proposals, pt 2

  1. Sample External Proposal 1 - Stationary Bike

  2. Sample External Proposal 2 - Community Exercise

  3. Sample External Proposal 3 - Investment Strategy

  4. Sample External Proposal 4 - Real Estate Development

Request for Proposals (RFP)

  1. Sample RFP I - Website Development

  2. Sample RFP 2 - Building Redevelopment

  3. Sample RFP 3 - Sustainability

  4. Sample RFP 4 - Shuttle Service

  5. Sample RFP 5 - Solid Waste Reduction

  6. Sample RFP 6 - Uber Community Program

PROPOSAL TEMPLATES:

Business Proposal Template  (weblink)

Proposal Sample Template

Grant Proposal Template

Blank Template I

Blank Template II

LESSON:
Proposal writing & planning
Week 15
Proposal planning & writing workshop
Monday, May 2
WORKSHOP:

Group project development

Week 16
Proposal planning & writing workshop
Tuesday, ---
SUBMIT:
  • Abstract (1p min)  (iLearn)

STUDY:

Abstract - Assignment Description

PenandthePad.com | How to Write an Abstract for a Proposal  (web link)

Writing an Abstract

Sample Abstract Template

  1. Ss sample abstract 1

  2. Ss sample abstract 2

  3. Ss sample abstract 3

  4. Ss sample abstract 4

WORKSHOP:

Group project development

Week 17
Project presentation & critique
Monday, May 9
  Last day of class  
SUBMIT:
  • Project Proposal/RFP (4 pp min)  (iLearn)

REVIEW:

General Scoring Rubric

PRESENT & CRITIQUE:

Proposal will be screen shared for the class to review while your group informally presents its work for discussion and critique