Lessons/Projects for Fall 2011 Technical Writing

Lessons/Projects for Fall 2011
Technical Writing

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AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - The WALT & WILF
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12 - How do we come to appreciate our parents? Add link on your main.html file to leong.html and use Assignment template.

You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Number One Son" by Monfoon Leong
Essay: How do we come to appreciate our parents as Ming did?

  1. What did Ming's father do for a living?
  2. Where does Ming work?
  3. How does Ming feel upon learning of his father's death?
  4. Why hadn't Ming's mother called him as soon as his father died?
  5. Why do Ming and Grandfather Choak go to see neighbors and business people?
  6. How do the opinions of Kwon Kim, Mr. Chung, and the Widow Loo contrast with regard to Ming's father?
  7. What are the good and bad points of being the number one son?
  8. Use examples from the story to support your essay.
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11 - Do we always make the right choice? Add link on your main.html file to deadend.html and use Assignment template.

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 her final choice? Why does she make it? What is your reaction to her final choice? Do you agree or disagree? Have you had to make a choice like this? How does the Hispanic Legend of La Llorona influence this story? Is there any other literature you have read you could include in this essay? Which ones and How?

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?
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10 - How does Manuel handle his situation as compared to Wright? Add link on your main.html file to barrio.html and use Assignment template.

Read, Study, and Quiz "The Confrontation" by Raymond Barrio. You will write a compare and contrast essay about the two stories, you have read: "The Fight" and "The Confrontation." What is similar? What is different?

Add link on index.html to new file, barrio.html, then create the new file, barrio.html using the Assignment Template to write your essay.

  • Use examples from the stories to support your essay.
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    9 - How would you handle the situation Wright faced? Add link on your main.html file to wright.html and use Assignment template.

    You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "THE FIGHT" by RICHARD WRIGHT. Use the FactSheet to keep notes.

    Essay topic: Add link on main.html to new file, wright.html, then create the new file, wright.html using the Assignment Template to write your essay.

  • Tell your reader about Richard Wright. Concentrate on his development as a writer.
  • How does the narrator react to his situation?
  • How does his anxiety foreshadow things to come?
  • Do you agree? Explain.
  • How would you react?
  • Has this happened to you or someone you know?
  • Discuss the appropriateness of the narrator's reaction.
  • Use examples from the story to support your essay.
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    8 - VETY: How good is your vocabulary acquisition? VETY is a program that introduces you to the common Latin and Greek root words, so you can break down those big words we encounter for better comprehension and success.

    We will continue with words in VETY11

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    7 - What have you learned? How have you learned it? In journal.html date and write a new entry that describes your learning experience about the Cell Phone radiation project. In the entry, describe what you did, how you did it, and how you constructed your essay. Include learning goals you achieved in the research project and what you learned about yourself and your learning. More than what you learned. Discuss how you learned. Investigate the processes you went through in the learning process that resulted in the final project. Explore the kinds of decisions you had to make and what kinds of questions you had to ask yourself as you navigated the research. What did you learn about yourself and more specifically how you learn? Keep working on your webpages.
    6 - VETY: How good is your vocabulary acquisition? VETY is a program that introduces you to the common Latin and Greek root words, so you can break down those big words we encounter for better comprehension and success.

    We will continue with words in VETY5

    Keep working on your webpages.
    5 - Fact or Fiction: Cell phones produce bad radiation. Add a link on main.html to cellphone.html called "Cell Phone radiation"

    "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."
    Benjamin Franklin

    You will do some research to determine whether cell phones emit dangerous radiation and to what degree or is this not true. Only your research of websites that discuss both sides of the issue will provide you with the research you need to make this determination. You will need to explore at least three resources for both sides of the issue and include their weblinks in your essay. You may use more, just be sure to include links to all your resources.

    We will start with this video. There are more videos at YouTube, which you can view from home. Is this video real or fake? How can we determine its veracity?

    Must read: How Cell-phone Radiation Works. Be sure to click on all links under "Inside this Article" and read them.

    Listen to this Leonard Lopate Sept 28, 2011, interview of Dr Devra Davis author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry has done to hide it

    Listen to this Brian Lehrer June 01, 2011 interview that provides more Cell phone information.

    Next, find your own resources. There are lots of online resources. Start here at Google. Do different searches to find resources. Use search queries like this:

  • is cell phone radiation harmful
  • cell phone radiation facts
  • is cell phone radiation a hoax
    and other variants.

    Finally, what is your conclusion on cell phone radiation?

  • Keep working on your webpages. Watch the YouTube links above.
    4 - VETY: How good is your vocabulary acquisition? VETY is a program that introduces you to the common Latin and Greek root words, so you can break down those big words we encounter for better comprehension and success.

    We will start with words in VETY1.

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    3 - What is a metaphor? Add a link on main.html to metaphor.html called "Metaphor"

    In the metaphor.html file create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation that demonstrates your understanding of the metaphor. First define the metaphor. Use examples from the Metaphor page to help you do this. Explain each of the examples to your reader. Next use the Dylan Thomas and Robert Herrick poems and find some metaphors in THREE of Emily Dickenson's poems to serve as examples in this essay. Then use the following poem to further demonstrate your understanding of the metaphor. Conclude with a discussion about the metaphor, of how metaphors work in your life, and what metaphor would apply to you.

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    Explain how the above poem is a metaphor.

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    2 - What is the President asking of you?

    Read the transcript as you listen to the speech.

    See White House Page for more and for reactions.

    You will have to make a new file called journal.html and use the assignment template. Follow Ted's instructions.

    After you listen to and read the President's speech, discuss in your journal.html file what you heard and how you are going to react to what the President has said. Be specific in stating what he said by using direct quotes to support your statements about what he said and how you will react to his speech.

    Add a link to this assignment. Add color, graphics, and other design features.

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    ? - Who, whom, which OR that? Many people are confused when to use who, whom, which and that. To begin to understand these confusing relative pronouns, read this document and take notes to help understand the correct usage of each relative pronoun. Explore these resources, too.
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  • More Practice

    For a grade, take this quiz and print results for Ted to demonstrate your understanding.

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    1 - Do you have a web presence? Create your Freeweb account.
    1. Go to FreeWebPage
    2. Sign up following Ted's instructions.
    3. Use the sheet from Ted to make your webpage.
    4. Decorate page Make corrections as per Ted's directions for your pages.
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