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WINTER 2020

 

Thank you for a great term!  Prospective students for later 2020 terms, have a look a what''s in store!  Please note that we are likely to be holding class via Zoom for the duration of 2020.

 

 

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TIMELY NOTIFICATIONS:

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ASSIGNMENT REMINDERS

WEEK-BY-WEEK CLASS DETAILS

WEEK 11: FINAL EXAM

NEW! THE FINAL EXAM WILL BE TUESDAY, BUT BY EMAIL.  In light of the coronavirus precautions, I have decided to administer your WR 227 Final Exam by email.  Early in the morning on Tuesday, March 17, I will email you your final exam.  Follow the instructions in the email, and return the completed exam to me by email no later than noon that day (unless we have made special arrangements).  If you have not received your exam email by 9:00am on Tuesday, please text or phone me.  When I receive your exam, I will send the customary “Received” acknowledgement.  If you don’t get one, I probably did not get  your exam.

The test will consist of 14-16 multiple choice, short answer, and essay-link questions.  It will be closed-book, closed notes, etc. etc. etc.  To study for it, 1) read all the Weekly Summaries, and 2) Go over the comments I've made on your assignments.  You do not need your textbook.

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WEEK 10: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

NEW! Thank you for some great presentations!

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WEEK 9: PRESENTATION PREPARATION

Resource: Day 17 Summary.  (Get pdf)

Presentation Assignment: 3-5 minute Oral Presentation with Visual Aid(s), due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, March 10.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Final Technical Research Report, due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. NOTE: Late assignments can NOT be accepted after Wednesday, March 18. (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Job Application Package (Final), due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16.  NOTE: Late assignments can NOT be accepted after Wednesday, March 18.  (Get pdf)

Reading assignment: Lannon, due by Tuesday, March 10:

Resource: Transcript of The Power of Words video shown in class.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Toastmasters International [short] videos and tips for public speaking.  (Visit site)

Resource: Five Public Speaking Tips for Entrepreneurs.  (Read page)

Resource: 5 Tips For Better Public Speaking Gestures.  (Watch video)

Resources: PowerPoint hints.  Remember — You are not required to use PowerPoint as your visual aid!  However, should you choose to, the following may come in handy:

Resource: Proofreading Tips from Lorman Education Services.  (Get pdf)

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WEEK 8: TECHNICAL REPORTS IV, ILLUSTRATIONS, CITATIONS

Resource: Week 8 Summary.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Technical Research Report Front and Back Matter (Draft), due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 3. (Get pdf)

Resource: MLA/APA citation guides (NOTE: The Purdue O.W.L. website now links directly with CitationMachine!)

Reading Assignment #1: Purdue O.W.L., due by Tuesday, March 3:

Reading Assignment #2: Lannon, due by Tuesday, March 3: Choose whether you will use APA or MLA, and then read:

Resource: APA and MLA citation formats for illustrations — summary instructions and links.   Both the MLA and APA instructions are confusing!  Bottom line:

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WEEK 7: TECHNICAL REPORTS II/III

Resource: Week 7 Summary. (Get pdf)  

Writing Assignment: Technical Research Report Body (Draft), due by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 29.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Technical Research Report Introduction (Draft), due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. (Get CORRECTED pdf)

Resource: Example Technical Research Report Introduction and Summary (Draft) based on the example outline in Week 6.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Example Research Reports from past terms. Note: these are all "A" reports, but they aren't necessarily perfect; they also may have been written to different specifications than yours. Use them as examples, not as templates! READ, UNDERSTAND, AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS I GIVE YOU!!! (Get Example 1) (Get Example 2) (Get Example 3) (Get Example 4) (Get Example 5) (Get Example 6) (Get Example 7) (Get Example 8) (Get Example 9)

Reading Assignment #1: Lannon, due by Tuesday, February 29:

Reading Assignment #2: New York Times article on a famous person accused of plagiarism, due by Tuesday, February 29. (Read article)

Resource: Readability checkers.  The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level will be the most useful for this class.  (Visit page)

Resource (optional reading): Slideshow article with interview and résumé hints for those with little or no job experience. (Read article)

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WEEK 6: RESEARCH II, TECHNICAL REPORTS I

Resource: Week 6 Summary.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Outline Creation.  If you need instruction on creating an outline, go back and re-read last week's Reading Assignment (Lannon's Chapter 10).   You can also read more and watch a video here: https://libguides.gatech.edu/c.php?g=54271&p=350394

Writing Assignment: Technical Research Report Outline, due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 17. (Get pdf)

Resource: Example Technical Research Report Outline assignment from an LBCC student. (Get pdf) Here's the report written from the outline. (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #1: Lannon, due by Tuesday, February 18:

Reading Assignment #2: Lannon, due by Tuesday, February 18:   

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WEEK 5: RÉSUMÉS II, RESEARCH I/CITATIONS/PLAGIARISM

Resource: Week 5 Summary.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Technical Research Report Topic Email, due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 10.  (Get pdfREAD THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

Tutorial Assignment: Plagiarism Tutorial, due by the start of class on Tuesday, February 11. You do not need to turn in your score or inform me you finished; just do it. (Visit page)

Resource: References for College Papers by Steven Dutch.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Fixing unwanted line spacing in Microsoft Word (like in contact information and inner addresses!).  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment: Lannon, due no later than Thursday, February 13:

Resource: Progress Report Key. (Get pdf)

Resource: Downloading Google Docs to Word file format for assignment submission.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Article on persuasive emails -- an interesting twist.  (Visit article)

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WEEK 4: COVER LETTERS II, RÉSUMÉS I

Thinking Assignment: Review the Technical Research Report-related assignments in the Future Assignments area at the bottom of this web page, to get an idea what you are in for.  Then, by the beginning of class on Thursday, February 3, think up a topic for your Technical Research Report.  It must be factual, objective, and based on research you can do; it must justify a 7-10 page report.

Resource: Week 4 Summary: Cover letters, résumés.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Résumé (Draft), due as an email attachment by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 10.  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #3: Lannon, due no later than Thursday, February 6:

Resource: Six "A" résumés written by WR227 students; details have been changed to protect their privacy.  Please note: These "A" résumés are not perfect, so please use care and attention when deciding what to emulate.   (Résumé 1 pdf) (Résumé 2 pdf) (Résumé 3 pdf) (Résumé 4 pdf) (Résumé 5 pdf) (Résumé 6 pdf)

Resource: Links to Résumé examples and guidance.  (Link 3) (Link 4 - if you get a popup inviting you to sign up, just click the "X" to close it)

Reading Assignment #4: three articles, due by Thursday, February 6:

Resource: Jerry Rigg Dual-Audience Cover Letter Examples: Robert Half job posting original and highlighted, Jerry's cover letter worksheet and cover letter.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Cover Letter (Draft), due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 3.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Example cover letters from previous WR227 students, used with permission; some names disguised.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Annette's West Hills cover letter example.  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #1, due by Tuesday, February 4: Article on "The Presentation Mistake You Don't Know You're Making" (it's about Cover Letters).  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #2, due by Tuesday, February 4: Click the two following links to read a Gazette-Times article on job skills and an article on job fairs.

Resource: Links to Cover Letter examples and guidance.  (Link 1) (Link 2) Note: Once you click Link 2, scroll down the page and look in the left-hand menu for all the subtopics (poorly designed web page!).

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WEEK 3: PERSUASION, COVER LETTERS I

Resource: Week 3 Summary: Persuasive writing, salutations, peer review, cover letters I, cover letter worksheets, the Four Secret Questions.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Cover Letter Worksheet, due by email by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 27, with the hard copy of the job posting due at the beginning of the Tuesday, January 28 class. Follow the instructions carefully! You will need the documents in both of the following links. (Get text version of assignment to actually use) (Get pdf of assignment sheet passed out in class)

Resource: Example West Hills job posting (highlighted) (Get pdf) and example (Annette's) Cover Letter Worksheet email. (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #2: Lannon textbook, due by the beginning of class on Thursday, January 30:

Resource: Ten Job Interview Questions (optional, but helpful).  (Read article)

REMEMBER! Read and Follow (immediately) the Email Rules for all future WR227 emails and letters. (Visit Email Rules web page) (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Persuasive Email (Final), due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29.  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment #1: Lannon textbook, due by the beginning of class on Tuesday, January 28:

Resource: Philosophy Talk transcript: Empathy and Persuasion.  (Get pdf)

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WEEK 2: THE AUDIENCE

Resource: Week 2 Summary: Assumptions, power, the Audience, emails, persuasion.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Example Persuasive Emails. These are formatted better than the class handouts.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: Persuasive Email (Draft), due by email by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 19.  (Get pdf)  NOTE: You will need to download the In-Class Exercise below too, if you did not get it in class.

Resource: In-Class Exercise for Persuasive Email assignment preparation.  Talking this over with someone will help you with the Persuasive Email (Draft) assignment.  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment: Email hints web pages, due by by the beginning of class on Tuesday, January 21:

BEHAVIOR Assignment: Read and Follow (immediately) the Email Rules for all future WR227 emails. (Read Email Rules web page) NOTE: The Email Rules link is in the box at the top of the page, and in the footer of every web page.  (Get Email Rules handout pdf)

Reading Assignment: Lannon textbook, due by beginning of class on Tuesday, January 21.  Choose the assignment for your edition of the textbook:

Reading Assignments: Three short on-line articles, due by the beginning of class on Tuesday, January 21:

Resource: Grading Key for "Toast". (Get pdf)

Resource: Hints for Writing Procedures. This may come in handy in your future; the material won't be covered in class.  (Get pdf)

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WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION

Writing Assignment: "'My Position' -- Counterpoint Exercise, Part 2," due by email sent to EganB@LinnBenton.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 13. (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment: Lannon textbook, due by beginning of class on Thursday, January 16. (NOTE: this is the only really long reading assignment.)  Choose the edition of the textbook that you got:

Resource: Week 1 Summary: Technical communication concepts, the audience, the Technical Communication Process.  (Get pdf)

Resource: Toast Checklist. Note: This is information-only, since the Toast assignment is over.  (Get pdf)

Survey Assignment: Winter 2020 Student Demographics, due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9. (Take the survey)

Writing Assignment: "Toast," due at the beginning of class on Thursday, January 9.  (Get pdf)

Writing Assignment: "My Position, Part 1," due at the beginning of class on Thursday, January 9.  (Get pdf)

Reading Assignment: Course Syllabus, due by the beginning of class on Thursday, January 9 (Get pdf)

Resource: In-class instruction demonstrations.  (Get pdf)

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COURSE DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION:

BEHAVIOR Assignment: Effective 1/16, follow the Email Rules for ALL WR227 emails. (Read rules)  Note: The Email Rules link also is at the bottom of the web pages.

Syllabus: Full information about the class location and times, textbooks, requirements, grading, etc.  Please read it all.  (Get pdf)

Textbook: I will pass out a loaner book at the end of Day 2.

Class time and location: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Benton Center (BC) 225.

Office hours: Tuesdays, noon – 1:00 p.m., in Benton Center (BC) 123.  Other times and locations on or off campus are by arrangement; I'm very willing to meet you, so don't be shy about asking.

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FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS

These are LAST TERM's assignments (most of them, anyway). Approximate due dates will be added before the term starts.

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