Table of Contents


Composing Processes

Collaboration

  1. Co-authorship
  2. Conflict Resolution
  3. Critique
    1. Consider Feedback
    2. Navigate Feedback
    3. Provide Feedback in Group Situations
    4. Provide Feedback to Others
    5. Why Meet with a Writing Tutor?
  4. Leadership
  5. Peer Review
    1. In-class Peer Review
  6. Teamwork
  7. Tools for Project Management

Design

  1. Charts and Graphs
  2. Data Visualization
  3. Page Design
  4. Pictures and Photographs
  5. Principles of Design
  6. Typography
  7. White Space

Editing

  1. Edit for Brevity, Clutter, Concision
  2. Edit for Comma Splice
  3. Edit for Unclear Modifier
  4. Edit for Diction
  5. Edit Paragraphs
  6. Edit for Plagiarism
  7. Edit for Point of View
  8. Edit for Run on Sentences
  9. Edit for Flow between Paragraphs
  10. Edit Primer Sentences
  11. Edit for Sentence Fragment
  12. Edit for Subject Verb Agreement
  13. Edit for Pronoun Agreement
  14. Edit for Semicolons
  15. Edit Sentences, Phrases and Words
  16. Eliminate “to be” Verbs

Invention

  1. Drafting
    1. Dictating
    1. Freewriting
      1. Snort, Snuffle, Write
  2. Heuristics
    1. Burke’s Pentad
    2. Document Planner
    3. Journalistic Questions
    4. The Common Topoi and Tagmemic Questions
    5. Journaling (Writer’s Journal)
    6. Preliminary Research
    7. Visual Brainstorming
      1. Clustering/spider maps
      2. Timeline/flowchart maps
      3. Hierarchical maps
      4. Modeling/theory maps 

Courses, Pedagogies

  1. The Teachers’ Guide to Writing Commons
  2. The Students’ Guide to Writing Commons
    1. How Can You Become a Successful Communicator?
    2. What is Communication?
    3. Why Does Literacy Matter?
    4. Why Does Practice Matter?
  3. Projects
    1. Extended Group Project: Consulting Simulation
      1. Problem-Definition Heuristic
      2. Client Proposal
      3. Team Charter
      4. Project Management Portfolio + Bibliography Template
      5. Group Research Proposal
      6. Research Notes + Executive Summary
      7. Visual Progress Report
      8. Recommendation Report
      9. Evaluation Memo
    2. Infographic Assignment
      1. Rhetorical Analysis Heuristic for an Infographic
      2. Memo Detailing Infographic Design Choices
    3. Final Course Reflection Memo
    4. Revise, Redesign, Edit: Tailoring Documents for Audiences
      1. Rhetorical Analysis Memo
  4. Syllabi
    1. Business Writing Syllabus
  5. Theme-Based Composition Courses
    1. (Fake News Theme)
  6. Developmental English
    1. Alex Watkins
  7. The Gates Foundation and Three Composition MOOCS
    1. Duke MOOC
    2. The Ohio State University Composition Curriculum MOOC
    3. Georgia Tech MOOC

Genre

    1. Abstracts
    2. Abstracts (APA)
    3. Academic Writing
    4. Ad Analysis
    5. Annotated Bibliography,
    6. Argument
    7. Autobiography
  1. B
    1. Bibliography
    2. Blogging
    3. Business Plans
  2. C
    1. Causes & Effects
    2. Compelling Conclusions
    3. Cover Letter, Letter of Transmittal
    4. Creative Nonfiction
  3. D
    1. Dialog
      1. Dances with Dialogue: The Difficulty of Speaking
  4. E
    1. E-mail Guidelines for Students
    2. Ethnography
      1. Develop Field Notes
      2. Select Key Informants
    3. E-mail Guidelines for Students
    4. Employment Documents
      1. Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
      2. The Art of the Pick-Up: Wooing Your Future Employer in the Cover Letter
      3. Writing the Conventional Résumé
  5. F
    1. Fan Fiction
    2. Fiction
      1. Four Basic Principles in Writing Fiction
      2. Writing Fiction: Four Basic Principles in Writing Fiction
  6. G
  7. H
    1. Historiography
  8. I
    1. Infographics
    2. Instruction Manuals
    3. Instruc
    4. Introductions
  9. J
    1. Journalism: Gathering Information and Writing the Story
  10. K
  11. L
    1. Literary Criticism
    2. Literary Criticism: an Introduction
    3. LinkedIn
  12. M
    1. Memos,
    2. Mission Statements
    3. Modes of Discourse
  13. N
    1. News & Crisis Communication
    2. Netiquette (Digital Ethics)
  14. O
    1. Online Forums: Responding Thoughtfully
  15. P
    1. Playwriting
      1. Overview of Playwriting
      2. Power in the “Black Stuff”
    2. Podcasts
    3. Posters
    4. Presentations
      1. Audiovisual Presentations Made Easy(-ier): Tips for Creating an Effective PowerPoint, Prezi, or Keynote
      2. Effective Use of PowerPoint in Professional & Technical Presentations
      3. Your PowerPoint Presentation: Developing an Effective Design
    1. Professional Writing
    2. Public Writing
    3. Proposals
      1. Proposal Writing Basics
  16. Q
  17. R
    1. Reflection Essay
    2. Reports
    3. Research Plan
    4. Resume Headings
    5. Résumé Formatting
    6. Reviews & Recommendations
    7. Rogerian Argument
    8. The Graduate Student and Post-Graduate Résumé
  18. S
    1. Screenwriting:
      1. Overview of Screenwriting
      2. Why Screenwriters Should Not Write to Direct
    2. Scientific Posters
      1. Creating Scientific Posters
    3. Short Stories:
      1. Setting in Short Stories
      2. Writing a Short Story
      3. Going Long: Writing the Long Short Story
    4. Subjects & Concepts
  19. T
    1. Text, E-mail, and Netiquette
    1. Text-to-Visual Remediation
    2. Tables:
    3. Titles:
  20. U
    1. Understanding URLs
    2. Usability and User Experience Research
  21. V
  22. W
    1. A Student’s Guide to Using Wikis
    2. Wiki: Getting Started Writing on a Wiki
  23. X
  24. Y
  25. Z

Information Literacy

  1. Archive, Canon
  2. Critical Literacy
    1. Annotating the Margins
    2. The CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose)
      1. Accuracy
      2. Authority
        1. Avoid the Use of Unsupported Opinions as Evidence
        2. How Are Your Sources Using Sources?
        3. News or Opinion?
        4. Non-traditional Types of Evidence
        5. Provide Background Information About the Researcher’s Method
        6. Popular vs. Scholarly Source
      3. Currency
      4. Purpose
      5. Relevance
  3. Information
  4. Information Literacy Perspectives & Practices
    1. Authority is Constructed & Contextual
    2. Information Creation as a Process
    3. Information Has Value
      1. Intellectual Property
      2. Plagiarism
      3. Attribution, Citation, & References
        1. American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
          1. Block Quotations (APA)
          1. Citing Paraphrases and Summaries (APA)
          2. Documenting Sources: APA
          3. Emphasizing Words in a Direct Quotation (APA)
          4. Formatting the Title Page (APA)
          5. Formatting the First Main Body Page (APA)
          6. Formatting Headings and Subheadings (APA)
          7. Omitting Words from a Direct Quotation (APA)
          8. References Page Template (APA)
          9. Short Quotations (APA)
          10. Using Footnotes
        2. Modern Language Association Style, 8th Edition
          1. Shorten the Title of this Source in the In-text Citation
          2. Formatting In-text Citations (ML
          3. MLA Checklist
          4. MLA Template
          5. Quoting in MLA
      4. Research as Inquiry
        1. Divide and Conquer: Rethinking Your Approach to Research
      5. Scholarship as a Conversation
        1. Conversation between Sources
          1. Sticking Your Nose In: Positioning Yourself in Academic Writing
          2. Understanding How Conversations Change Over Time
      6. Searching as Strategic Exploration
        1. Annotated List of Useful Online Resources
        2. Finding and Examining the Sources in Your Sources
        3. Preliminary Research
        4. Search Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
        5. Seek Help from Librarians
        6. Smart Searching
        7. Understanding Library Resources
        8. Using Databases: Periodical Indexes and Abstracts
        9. Web Search Strategies: Basics and Beyond
  5. Literacy
    1. Cognitive, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Competencies
    2. Digital Literacy
      1. Digital Footprints: Public Writing and Social Identities
      2. Social Media Mythbusters
    3. Quantitative Literacy
    4. Visual Literacy
      1. Animation
      2. Breaking Down an Image

Mindset

  1. Growth Mindset
    1. Adopt Effective Writing Habits
    2. Avoid Misplaced Modifiers
    3. Faith in the Writing Process
    4. Play the Believing Game
    5. Tips for Realizing Your Creative Potential
    6. Why Write?
  2. Intellectual Openness
    1. Demystify Writing Misconceptions
  3. Metacognition & Self-Regulation
    1. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write
    2. Sample Process Questions
    3. Overcome Discouragement
    4. Reflect on Your Writing
  4. Professionalism & Work Ethic
    1. Establish a Comfortable Place to Write
    2. Scheduling Writing
  5. Resilience

Research

  1. Applied Research, Basic Research
  2. Research Ethics
    1. Human Subjects Research
    2. Informed Consent
    3. IRB (Institutional Review Board)
  3. Research Methods
    1. Empirical Research
      1. Qualitative Research Methods
        1. Case Study
        2. Ethnography
      2. Quantitative Research Methods
        1. Corpus Linguistics, Writing Analytics
        2. Survey Research
      3. Mixed Methods
    2. Informal Research Methods
    3. Textual Research
      1. Literary Criticism
      2. Rhetorical Analysis
        1. Rhetorical Analysis of Images
        2. Rhetorical Analysis of the Occasion
        3. Rhetorical Analysis of Texts
  4. Research Methodologies

Rhetoric

  1. Rhetorical Analysis
    1. Rhetorical Analysis–Infographic(s)
    2. Rhetorical Analysis–Image
    3. Rhetorical Analysis Worksheet
  2. Rhetorical Reasoning
    1. Rhetorical Stance
      1. Persona
    1. Point of View
      1. Avoid Unnecessary Shifts in Point of View
      2. First Person Point of View
      3. The First Person
      4. Using First Person in an Academic Essay
      5. Second-Person Point of View
  3. Third Person Point of View
  4. Tone
  5. Voice
  6. Rhetorical Appeals
    1. Rhetorical Appeals: A Checklist for Writers
    2. Rhetorical Appeals Work
    3. Ethos
      1. Beware of “Oh, that makes sense”: Ethos in Context
      2. Fallacious Ethos
      3. Taking Control: Managing Your Online Identity for the Job Search
      4. Intrinsic Authority
      5. Diplomacy, Tone, and Emphasis in Business Writing
    4. Logos, Reasoning
      1. Logical Fallacies
    5. Pathos
  7. Rhetorical Devices
  8. Rhetorical Modes
    1. Classification
    2. Definition
    3. Description
    4. Exemplification
    5. Exposition
    6. Narration
      1. Employing Narrative in an Essay
  9. Rhetorical Elements of Argument
    1. Backing
    2. Counterargument
    3. Claim
    4. Grounds
    5. Qualifier
    6. Warrant
  10. Rhetorical Situation
    1. Writer, Speaker, Author, Rhetor, Sender
    2. Purpose
    3. Audience
      1. Researching Your Audience
      2. Audience Analysis: Primary, Secondary, and Hidden Audiences
      3. Discourse Community, Community of Practice
      4. Practicing Intercultural Communication
      5. Methodological Communities
      6. What to Think about When Writing for a Particular Audience
      7. Why Conduct an Audience Analysis?
    1. Medium, Media
      1. Getting Started Writing on a Wiki
      2. Media Literacy
      3. Social Media Mythbusters
    2. Occasion, Exigency & Kairos
      1. Fallacious Kairos
      2. Kairos
        1. Using Appeals to Kairos in Persuasive Writing
    3. Topic
    4. Text
    5. Epistemology
      1. Declarative Knowledge
      2. Dialectic
      3. Empiricism
      4. Knowledge Claim
      5. Knowledge
      6. Tacit Knowledge
      7. Positivism
      8. Postpositivism
      9. Procedural Knowledge
      10. Rhetorical Knowledge

Style

  1. Diction
    1. Archaisms
    2. Cliches
    3. Concrete & Sensory Language
    4. Contractions
    5. Figurative Language
      1. Add Figurative Language to Engage Your Reader
      2. Exercise: Figurative Language
      3. Incorporating Figurative Language into Your Paper
    6. Homonym
    7. Jargon
    8. Vocabulary
    9. Word Order
    10. Word Form
  2. Elements of Style
    1. Audience-Focused Style
      1. You-Centered Business Style
      2. What to Think about When Writing for a Particular Audience
    2. Brevity, Clutter, Concision
      1. Writing Concisely and Avoiding Redundancy
    3. Choppy Writing
    4. Clarity, Simplicity
    5. Strategic Sentence Structure
    6. Flow, Coherence, Unity
      1. Avoid Unnecessary Shifts in Verb Tense
      2. Creating Flow via Repetition
      3. Read Your Paper Aloud to Check Cohesiveness
      4. Rephrase Awkward Word Order
    1. Rhetor-Focused Style, Writer Based Prose
    2. Substantive Prose
      1. Vague Language, Generalizations
      2. Weak Argument
    3. Topic-Focused Style
  3. Grammar
    1. Active vs Passive Voice
      1. Active Voice
      2. Identify When the Active Voice is Preferable to the Passive Voice
    2. Modifiers
      1. Dangling Modifiers
      2. Misplaced Modifiers
    1. Parts of Speech
      1. Adjective
      2. Adverb
      3. Articles
      4. Conjunctions
        1. Coordinating Conjunctions
        2. Subordinating Conjunctions
      5. Interjection
      6. Noun
        1. Nominalizations
      7. Preposition
      8. Pronoun
        1. Pronouns and Antecedents
      9. Verb
        1. Action Verbs vs. Inactive Verbs
        2. Strong Verbs
        3. Verb-Tense Shift
    2. Sentences
      1. Comma Splice
      2. Parallelism (Parallel Structure)
      3. Primer-Style Sentences
      4. Run-On Sentence
      5. Sentence Fragment
      6. Subject Pronoun Agreement
      7. Subject-Verb Agreement
  4. Mechanics
    1. Capitalization
    2. Punctuation
      1. Apostrophe
      2. Colons
      3. Commas
        1. Phrases, Essential and Non-essential Phrases
      4. Dashes
      5. Ellipsis
      6. End Punctuation
      7. Hyphens
      8. Italics
      9. Parentheses
      10. Quotation Marks
      11. Semicolons
    3. Spelling

Writing Studies

  1. Assessment, Grading
  2. Discourse Community/Community of Practice
    1. Communication Studies
    2. Composition Studies
      1. Research & Theory on Composing
      2. Writers @ Work
        1. An Interview with Trent Hergenrader
        2. Interviews with Writers: Maureen Seaton
        3. An Interview with Stephanie Vanderslice
    3. Professional and Technical Communication
      1. An Overview of Professional and Technical Communication
    4. Psychology
    5. Rhetoric
      1. Why Study Rhetoric? or, What Freestyle Rap Teaches Us about Writing
      2. Rhetoric & Technology
      3. Rhetorical Genre Studies