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Professional and Technical Writing

Week 4 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach

This section provides an overview of empirical research reports, including

Chapters 14 and 16 give insight as to design elements for rapid reader comprehension of material and offer advice as to how to review and “test” your own work before it is sent to a formal audience.

Chapter 24 gives a superstructure to empirical research reports, including recommendation reports. The superstructure presented can serve as a backdrop for your recommendation.


Chap 14: Designing Reader-Centered Pages and Documents

Pages: 261-277

Chap 16: Testing your Draft for Usefulness and Persuasiveness

Pages: 293-304

Chap 24: Writing Reader-Centered Empirical Research Reports

Pages 403-410

To access the Redshelf book, click on the book link located in the book resources module or the bookshelf link on the top navigation bar of the course.

Anderson, P.V. (2019). Technical communication: A reader-centered approach. Redshelf

What is a Report?

There are many different types of reports. One thing to keep in mind is that reports are very detailed information that must be accurate The following article will provide you the information to gain a deeper understanding of the types of reportss and how to create a good report. 

Moxley, J. (n.d.) What is a report?

21 Strategies for Powerful, Persuasive Writing

This back to basics introduction to persuasion is not to be overlooked. In plain language, the authors lay out the importance and scope of how persuasion can and does work in writing.

Read: Chap 1: The Language of Persuasion

Coleman, R., Greenberg, C., & Allyn, P. (2018). 21 strategies for powerful, persuasive writing. Shell Education.

Exploring Persuasion

First, link to youtube. Search using, “famous persuasive speeches” or “famous persuasive speeches in movies.” review at least four speeches and reflect on what you have learned in this week’s readings. What made these speeches compelling and persuasive? By completing this expiration, you have a better understanding of how the process of persuasion is developed in writing and planning a speech.

Academic Argumentative Writing Skills websites

The three following links are higher instruction academic websites that teach students how to develop an argumentative/  persuasive paper. Explore through each page and make a note of three points you feel are valuable to help create a persuasive argument.

Site 1

Purdue Owl / Argumentative essay.


Site 2

Hamilton University/ Persuasive essays.


Site 3

Excelsior College/Argumentative thesis.




Purdue Owl (2020). Argumentative essay.

Hamilton University (2020). Persuasive essays.

Excelsior College. (2020). Argumentative thesis.