Week 2 (Jan 19 – Jan 25)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Review and complete weekly Participation Post assignment.
    • One Initiating post should address what you’ve learned about rhetoric from this week’s readings.
    • One Initiating post should connect the readings on rhetoric (Losh et. al, Prelli, Porter) to either Ch. 2 or Ch. 11 of Johnson-Sheehan’s Technical Communication Strategies for Today.
    • The Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Post the Week 1 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:00 PM.
  • Complete and submit the Minor Assignment #3. Due: Jan 22., 10:00 PM.
  • Review and begin work on the Job Application Packet assignment. Instructor-review draft due: Feb. 1, 10:00 PM.
  • Begin work on the Week 2 Reflection assignment. Due: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10:00 PM.


  • Johnson-Sheehan, Richard. Technical Communication Strategies for Today. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2015. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 2: “Readers and Contexts of Use,” pp. 19-43.
    • Ch. 11: “Starting Your Career,” pp. 304-341.
  • Losh, Elizabeth et. al. “Why Rhetoric?” Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphical Guide to Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. pp. 35-54. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • Prelli, Lawrence J. “The Nature of Rhetoric.” A Rhetoric of Science: Inventing Scientific Discourse. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 1989. 11-32. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • Johnson-Eilola, Johndan, and Stuart A. Selber. Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2013. (Required textbook)
    • Porter, James E. Ch. 5: “How Can Rhetoric Theory Inform the Practice of Technical Communication?”, pp. 125-145.
  • Gage, John T. “The Enthymeme” from The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College. 4th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006. Pp. 82-85. (.pdf in Blackboard)
  • If you haven’t already, browse the STC TCBOK’s section on career paths.