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Week 1, Day 2: writing directions today 

Lots to do today.  First, your research article. Start reading this over the weekend.  Our third assignment will be a close review of this knowledge. Hint: make notes on three to five important take-aways. Let's also think about what is a  research article.

Let's consider some of the technical language we will use to talk about writing:

  • logos
  • pathos
  • ethos

See more here about Aristotle's "proofs." Dr. Garret's approach is a good place to start. We will think about logos, pathos, ethos in technical settings.

We also need to know about the canons of rhetoric:

  • Invention
  • Arrangement
  • Style
  • Delivery
  • Memory

In the BYU link above, please click into the links for these five aspects of rhetoric.

We will knit back to Tuesday's post to think about the Oxford or serial comma.  Why the videos?  Humor supports memory. 




Paragraph transitions: Think pearls beaded upon a string. Think train cars coupled. This UCSB guide is helpful with words that serve nicely as transition elements.  This writing guide emphasizes the value of repeating key words as a transition strategy. Now, think about transitions between sentences WITHIN paragraphs as another way to achieve cohesion.

  • Your memo:

Using stasis theory questions to organize an extended definition.  Your memo is an extended definition, structured by stasis theory. Detail here.

You will write a memo over the weekend in five short paragraphs, with sources, using this stasis structure. Let's talk about the audience/context/purpose for this memo. We will write for Jane Austen Powers at Leaf it to Us. Wh is she?

Answer: SHE IS THE BOSS and your primary audience for the memo.

46361-1032021-thumbnail.jpgSource:  Dover Pictoral Archive -- Office Clip Art collection 

Topic Sentences, to open each paragraph: A list of qualities for you to strive for

 Usually a short direct sentence (think announcement)

  • Signals the topic in the paragraph (think preview)
  • Hooks the reader by 1) raising a question or 2) provoking thought
  • Can be placed anywhere, but early on in the paragraph is the best default strategy for most professional documents; in other words, at the beginning of the paragraph
  • Contains an element of transition from the previous paragraph



Now, let's write directions in class. Here is the assignment sheet.   Before we turn this in, use this check list with a partner.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 07:03AM by Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea | CommentsPost a Comment

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