21 April Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Announcements:
    1. We will be sharing Texts and Networks Project drafts in class Tuesday, April 26. Please bring a draft of your project to class. The formal peer-review draft is due April 28.
  3. Composition Studies Student Presentation
  4. Discuss anthropology and writing readings:
    • Poe, Edgar A. “The Philosophy of Composition.” Graham’s Magazine 28.4 (1846): 163-167. Rpt. Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. 2011. (Online reading)
    • Sommers Nancy. “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Experienced Adult Writers.” CCC 31.4 (1980): 378-88. (PDF available in Blackboard)

19 April Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Announcements:
    1. Starting April 19, my office will be in Enterprise 321.
    2. Naylor for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies. September 9-11, 2016.
      • The Naylor workshop is designed to help undergraduates plan out a research agenda in writing studies. Note: They pay for the student’s lodging, and either they and/or our Mason’s OSCAR office will support your travel up to PA. Proposals are due May 31. For more information, please see their website.
  3. Discuss anthropology and writing readings:
    • What is Technical Communications?” TechWhirl. (Online reading)
    • Miller, Carolyn R. “A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing.” College English 40.6 (Feb. 1979): 610-617.
    • Rude, Carolyn D. “Mapping the Research Questions in Technical Communication.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 23.2 (2009): 174-215.
  4. Additional Resources

14 April Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Announcements:
    1. Starting April 19, my office will be in Enterprise 321.
    2. Naylor for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies. September 9-11, 2016.
      • The Naylor workshop is designed to help undergraduates plan out a research agenda in writing studies. Note: They pay for the student’s lodging, and either they and/or our Mason’s OSCAR office will support your travel up to PA. Proposals are due May 31. For more information, please see their website.
  3. Technical Communication Student Presentation
  4. Discuss anthropology and writing readings:
    • Zappen, James P. “Rhetoric and Technical Communication: An Argument for Historical and Political Pluralism.” Journal of Business and Technical Writing 1.2 (1987): 29-44. (PDF available in Blackboard)
    • Khan, M.U. “Maintenance Error Accidents.” (PDF of 7-slide PowerPoint available in Blackboard)
    • Low Technical Writing handout. (PDF available in Blackboard)

12 April Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Announcements:
    1. Starting April 19, my office will be in Enterprise 321.
    2. Naylor for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies. September 9-11, 2016.
      • The Naylor workshop is designed to help undergraduates plan out a research agenda in writing studies. Note: They pay for the student’s lodging, and either they and/or our Mason’s OSCAR office will support your travel up to PA. Proposals are due May 31. For more information, please see their website.
  3. Discuss anthropology and writing readings:
    • Barton, David, and Uta Papen. “What Is the Anthropology of Writing?” The Anthropology of Writing: Understanding Textually Mediated Worlds. 1st ed. London: Continuum, 2010. 3-32. (Online reading.)
    • Schollmeier, Paul. “Toward a Rhetoric of Anthropology.” Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Policy 18.1 (2004): 59-69. (PDF available in Blackboard)

31 March Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Anthropology Student Group Presentation.
  3. Discuss psychology readings:
    • Huff, Anne Sigismund. “The Continuing Relevance of Strategy.” Human Relations 54.1 (2001): 123-130. (PDF available in Blackboard)
    • Gurney, Kim. “Ethnography of a Flame.” Critical Arts 27.4 (2013): 439-443. (PDF available in Blackboard)

29 March Daily Agenda

  1. General questions.
  2. Discuss psychology readings:
    • Kellogg, Ronald. “Homo Symbolificus.” The Psychology of Writing. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994. 3-24. (Read pp. 3-18, PDF in Blackboard)
    • Boice, Robert. “Writing Blocks and Tacit Knowledge.” Journal of Higher Education 64.1 (1993): 19-54. (PDF in Blackboard)