Week 2 (Jan 19 – Jan 25)



  • Read, listen, and view to lectures as they are posted throughout the week.
  • Complete weekly Participation Post assignments.
    • One Initiating post should respond to either the Prelli or the Graves reading. Identify and briefly explain five key ideas from the reading.
    • One Initiating post should respond to any reading of your choice.
    • The Responding post should respond to one of your classmates’ posts.
  • Complete Week 1 Reflection assignment. Due: Tues., Jan. 20, 10:00 PM.
  • Review and begin work on the Job Application Packet assignment. Due: Feb. 22, 10:00 PM.
  • Start work on Week 2 Reflection assignment. Due: Mon. Jan 26, 10:00 PM.


  • Paradis, James G., and Muriel L. Zimmerman. The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. 2nd ed. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002. (Required textbook)
    • Ch. 3: “Your Audience and Aims,” pp. 27-39
    • Ch. 4: “Organizing and Drafting Documents,” pp. 41-50
    • Ch. 18: “CVs, Rèsumès, and Job Correspondence,” pp. 275-285.
  • Flower, Linda. “Writing for an Audience.” Language Awareness: Essays for College Writers. 7th ed. Ed. paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, and Virginia Clark. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997. 46-48. (.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)
  • Graves, Heather. “Rhetoric, Knowledge, and ‘The Brute Facts of Nature’ in Science Research.” Writing in Knowledge Societies. Ed. Starke-Meyerring, Doreen et. al. Fort Collins: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2011. 179-192. (Online reading)
  • 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)