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SES # TOPICS KEY DATES
1 Introduction to the Course  
2 The Persuasive Power of Description  
3 The Role of Audience in Shaping a Text  
4 The Role of Audience in Shaping a Text continued Writing Due: ‘In the Frame’ Description
5

Closely Reading Science News Articles as Rhetorical Events

Identifying Rhetorical Appeals and their Efficacy

 
6 Genre Analysis: Examing Form, Function, and Opportunity  
7 Creative Explanation as a Rhetorical Move  
8 Translating Scientific Information Across Rhetorical Situations Library Session in Hayden Library
9 Introducing Complexity with Clear Context and Focus  
10 Introducing Complexity with Clear Context and Focus continued Writing Due: Draft of An Engaging Translation assignment
11 Peer-Review Workshop  
12 Peer-Review Workshop continued  
13 Presentations of Engaging Tranlsations

Writing Due: Revised Engaging Translation assignment

Deliver a 2 min presentation summarizing your translation of one item of complexity, and include a brief discussion of your translation process

14 Introducing Science and Scientists with Research and Rhetorical Appeals  
15 Strategies for Asking Questions During Research and Interviews  
16 Strategies for Asking Questions During Research and Interviews continued  
17 Strategies for Asking Questions During Reseaerch and Interviews continued Writing Due: Draft of “Awesome” Profile assignment
18 Peer-Review Workshop  
19 Presentations of Profiled Scientists

Writing Due: Revised “Awesome” Profile assignment

Deliver a 1–2 min summary introduction (no slides) of your profiled person to the class

20

In-Depth Reporting to Educate, Inspire, and Persuade an Audience

Writing Due: Proposal for Investigative Research Article
21 In-class Research in Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC)  
22 In-Depth Reporting to Educate, Inspire, and Persuade an Audience  
23 In-Depth Reporting to Educate, Inspire, and Persuade an Audience continued  
24

Presentations of Research Projects

Writing Due: Email instructor 2–3 PowerPoint slides, one of which should be a central original image

Present 3–5 min and field questions from your audience

25 Presentations of Research Projects continued  
26 MIT Museum Visit Writing Due: Revision of Investigative Research Article
27 Final Class Reflection  

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