Schedule of Events*

Day Week Topic Reading Due Writing Due
1
1
Introduction In-class writing sample (ungraded)
2 What is technical writing? Ch. 1   
3 Ethical and Legal Issues Ch. 2  
4
2
Writing Process Ch. 3  
5 Purpose and Audience Ch. 5  
6

Organizing text

Ch. 7  
7
3
Organizing clauses Appendix, (714-720)  
8 Instructions Ch. 20 (581-604)  
9 Workshop (commas) Appendix, (721-727)  
10
4
Peer and Portfolio Reviews   Draft 1
11 Workshop (colons and semicolons)   Appendix, (725-726)  
12 Definitions and Descriptions Ch. 20 (563-581)  
13
5
Workshop (Numbers) Appendix, (735-737) Project 1
14 Proposals Ch. 16   
15 Workshop (italics and quotation marks) Appendix, (727-733)  
16
6
Peer and Portfolio Reviews   Draft 2
17 Structuring Sentences Ch. 10
18 Choosing Words and Phrases  
19
7
 
Workshop (concision) Ch. 10 (246-249) Project 2
20

Correspondence

Ch. 14  
21 Workshop (capitalization) Appendix, (738)  
22  
8
 
Peer and Portfolio Reviews   Draft 3
23 Coherent documents Ch. 9  
24 Workshop (hyphen) Appendix, (733-735) Project 3
25  
9
 
Reports Ch. 17  
26 Workshop (Abbreviations) Appendix, (737-738)  
27 Peer and Portfolio Reviews   Draft 4
28  
10
 
Workshop (parentheses and brackets) Appendix, (728, 732, 733)  
29 Visual elements Ch. 12  
30 Workshop (writing about visual elements)    

*Chapter and page numbers refer to the 10th edition of Markel's textbook.