Lessons/Projects for Fall 08-09 Technical Writing

Lessons/Projects for Fall 08-09
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16 - How I will be part of the Change I believe in? Add a link to a new file called: change.html in your index.html then start this new file.

You will start this project by reading three different texts: a quote, an editorial, and a speech (which you can also listen to). All three are connected. As you read them, take notes and collect common thoughts and ideas from each.

Let's Begin:

You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
quote from Eldridge Cleaver

Read Friedman's editorial.

Listen to and read Obama's address on Dec 6. Print Address.

You are the next Generation. Consider the quote, Friedman's editorial, and Obama's address and then discuss how and what you plan on doing to be part of the solution and not to be part of the problem. Include the meaning of the quote and discuss how it is relevant to you. Provide direct response to what Friedman says. How does what he writes apply to you. (Hint it does apply to you). Reply to what Obama has said and how he is challenging you. Discuss in detail some of the points about what it means to be more "green." Be very very specific by using definite examples from the three readings. Be sure to explain how you react to specific parts of each of the three readings. We will be using these three as a foundation for further work. What events are happening now in the US and around the world that makes these three readings vital to our future?

In your commentary (change.html) about the three readings, begin to develop a list of problems and solutions. Second steps will have you explore ways in which we can develop solutions.


Second Step

Repower America is a website that provides some detailed ideas about how we will solve some problems in the How do we do it? section. Read the four problems and solutions and discuss in detail, with specific examples about both the problem and solutions and how you, in your own way can be part of the solution. Follow the link to Al Gore's speech, too, to get more information about problems and solutions and your involvement.

Consider what Obama is doing by his cabinet nominations. Why are these people good choices? What do they briong to the table to help solve our "green" problems?

How might "going green" provide jobs and help improve the economy? See what a Bronx apartment building is doing to help itself.

After you add these new ideas to what you have built in your change.html file, be ready to go to the next level (Step Three) as we will explore specific energies we can use to improve the economy and the environment.


Third Step What are the alternative energies?

Your research should focus on four points:

    1. What is the science behind this type of energy? How does it work?
    2. How has this type of energy been used elsewhere in the United States and/or around the world?
    3. How much would it cost to provide this type of energy? What would the cost be to consumers?
    4. What are the potential positive or negative effects on the environment?

Use these Resources

Discuss the alternative energies available as per the above criteria in your change.html document.


Final Step: See how one young man is working to take the greening concept into urban neighborhoods in Greening the Ghetto Where will you be in five years? Ten years?

Keep working on your webpages.
15 - How am I a Genius? Add another quality (number 4) of genius from "Awakening Genius" to your iam.html file. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example be about any time when you were in school and one in your life outside school that shows this quality of genius was clearly reflective of you. Keep working on your webpage.
14 - How do we use setbacks as advantages? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Why Don't You Wear Shoes" by Daniel K. Inouye.

Essay: Here is another character faced with a choice. What is his choice? How does it come to happen? What are his options? What is your opinion of his actions? How do you identify with this situation? Save as inouye.html. 250+ words.

Incorporate these questions in your essay.

  1. Who is Daniel K. Inouye?
  2. What is the setting of the story?
  3. Who are the main characters?
  4. What are the conflicts?
  5. What are the prejudices in the story?
  6. Why does Daniel stay in school?
  7. What is the big change for Dan?
  8. How does school save his life?
  9. Why is the Honor Society scene so important?
  10. What is the symbol in the story?
Keep working on your webpages.
Does your webpage meet this criteria? Checklist:
  1. Are all the assignments below complete?
  2. Annotate links on index.htmml.
  3. Do you have links from each assignment back the the assignment on this page?
  4. Links back to your index.html page.
  5. Have you provided appropriate visuals, graphics, or other media to complement the assignment?
  6. Have you designed your page beautifully?
Keep working on your webpages.
13 - How am I a Genius? Add another quality (number 3) of genius from "Awakening Genius" to your iam.html file. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example be about any time when you were in school and one in your life outside school that shows this quality of genius was clearly reflective of you. Keep working on your webpage.
12 - How does CHOICE Affect our lives?
  1. Do the work found on this webpage.
  2. Start with A then go to B on this page.
  3. Listen to the poem.
  4. Answer all questions as you listen to the poem.
  5. Ted will tell you how to access the poem.
  6. You will write an essay on your webpage called choice.html that Compares and Contrasts this poem with the story, "DeadEnd."
  7. Be sure to make links from all your webpages to the assignments.
Keep working on your webpages.
11 - What belongs on a resume? We will be creating an online resume. We have to be careful not to put some personal information online. An online resume is different from the print resume. We will explore ways of creating a resume using the table feature. Resumes can be constructed in a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a pdf file, and in HTML.

We will start with a resume in Word.
Go here to begin constructing your online resume.

Keep working on your webpages.
10 - What are you hoping for? Create a page obama.html where you speak to the next President of the United States. Consider what you would say, what you hope to happen, how you feel about him as your next President, and anything else you wish to say. Be sure to add a link from your index.html page. Keep working on your webpages.
9 - What kinds of choices have you had to make? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Dead End" by Rudolfo Anaya.

Essay: We all have choices to make, Maria is no exception. What are her choices? What is your reaction to her final choice? Do you agree or disagree? Have you had to make a choice like this? Save as deadend.html. 250+ words. Be sure to add a link from your home page (index.html) to this new file.

Incorporate these questions in your essay.

    1. What is the setting of the story?
    2. Who are the main characters?
    3. What are the conflicts?
    4. How is the word "lonely" important?
    5. What are the promises? Are promises important to keep?
    6. How are "empathy" and "envy" important in the story?
    7. What is the symbol in the story?
Keep working on your webpages.
8 - How am I a Genius? Add another quality (number 2) of genius from "Awakening Genius" to your iam.html file. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example be about any time when you were in school and one in your life outside school that shows this quality of genius was clearly reflective of you. Keep working on your webpage.
7 - What is Hypertext Haiku? Read this page.
  • What is going on with this page?
  • Can you explain how it works?
  • How would you make your own?
  • Write five haiku.
    Keep working on your webpages.
    6 - What quote helps define you?
    Just as I have done with the "Imitation is suicide" quote on ToDaY's MeNu, you will choose a quote you like that helps us know who you are, what you stand for, a creed, a belief of what drives you to do and act as you do. As you explore yourself, use this quote as another way to help you define yourself.
  • Put a quote on your home page.
  • Make a link in the quote to a new file that explains why you chose the quote, what it means to you, and provide examples from your life that prove what you say about the quote (text to self).
  • Name this file myquote.html.
  • Refine, design, and edit your webpages.
    5 - How can a quote help define us?
    1. Select a quote from ToDay's Menu. There are four in italics, plus the Quote of the Day.
    2. In a new webpage, quote.html explain what the quote means, and provide evidence from your life that helps the reader see how the quote is connected to you.
    3. Make a link to the new quote.html file from index.html.
    4. Use HTML link to format and design page.
    Work on your webpage.
    4 - How do I add a file to my webpage?
    1. Login to your Geocities web site and add your I am essay to your webpage.
    2. Add a link from your Home page (index.html) to your I am essay file (iam.html)
    3. Use HTML link to format the new file.
    4. Make link from iam.html to the assignment.
    Continue to work on your webpage.
    3 - Do you have a web presence? We have a change in plans. The Goggle SITES is inadequate for our needs, so we will create a Yahoo account as we did a Google account and use the Geocities tool with Yahoo.

    1. Go to Yahoo
    2. Sign up. Use same login name as Google and password.
    3. Once you have created the account and press Create account, print the next page for Ted.
    4. I'll walk you through the next steps.
    5. Use the sheet from Ted to make your webpage.
    Login from home to see your webpage
    2 - What is 'linear text'? Open Word and save file as linear.doc
    Use this file to answer the AIM and the questions below.

    Please watch this short video.

    What is this video all about?
    Collect details and application names.
    What is the content of the video?
    Examine the presentation format. What do you recognize in the video?
    What is Form? What is Content?
    What does it mean when it speaks about Form and Content?

    How are we in control and not the machine?
    1 - How am I a Genius? Okay, so you know that you are a genius. Problem is not too many other people know this. You have to show them you are a genius. You are lucky. You can access a very interesting explanation with examples of how to identify a genius. If you know how to identify a genius, you might be able to identify the genius in you and then you can let us all know.

    After you have read "Awakening Genius" two or three times, select one of the qualities to use to help explain how you are a genius. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example be about any time when you were in school and one in your life outside school that shows this quality of genius was clearly reflective of you.

    Do this in word. Save as "iam."

    Essay: Write about what you hope to accomplish this semester.