Lessons/Projects for Spring 08-09 Technical Writing

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17 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Be sure your index page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Links are explained.
  • Have you added color and personalized your Home?
  • Add a quote to the page that helps us understand you.
  • Add a link (on your index) to this VIDEO and provide a comment about it.
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    16 - Do you make good choices? TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
    Hamlet III,i Shakespeare

    We make choices all the time. We hope we make good choices. We will look at some literature that shows us choices characters make. You will be assessing those choices. What choices has the author made? What choices have you made? What is the process we go through when we make choices? Are you happy with your choices?

    Create a link on your index page to choice.html.

    We will start with this poem:

    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.

    You will read the short story, "Dead End" by Rudolfo Anaya.

    In your choice.html 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?

    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?

    You will read the short story, "Why Don't You Wear Shoes" by Daniel K. Inouye.

    In your choice.html 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?

    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?
    The final reading will be the essay The Tyrany of Choice [USE: http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/bschwar1/Sci.Amer.pdf] by Barry Schwartz. Consider these questions as you read and add to your essay on choice.

    1. Is there a connection between choice and our happiness?
    2. Are we happy with having choice? Are we happy with the choices we make?
    3. Are you a "maximizer" or a "satisficer"?
    4. What can "regret" do to our choices?
    5. What does "adapting" to our choice mean?
    6. Do we have high expectations before we make a choice?
    7. What is the effect of our high expectations?

    Provide a good conclusion that connects what you have read and yhour own choices.

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    15 - What is satire? What is being satirized in Taylor Mali's "The impotence of proofreading"? How does he do it?

    Let's continue by reading Onion. Choose the first article in the left corner. What is your reaction? Why? Your answers will help you understand satire.

    Add link on index.htm to the new file, satire.html

    You will be exploring satire for the next couple of weeks. Your project will be to create a webpage that demonstrates your learning. You will research the definition of the word satire and then read some documents that display satire.

  • You will identify the satirical points of each reading and provide the example you are commenting on.
  • What is being satirized?
  • How is it being satirized?
  • What kind of change is expected?
  • Provide at least three examples of satire from each reading.
  • Link them to each other.
  • Bring personal experiences to this essay.
  • Start with Mali's article and three articles from Onion.

    Our third reading will be "Advice to Youth" written in 1882 by Mark Twain. Use this worksheet to guide your reading, thinking, and writing about this satirical speech.

  • Keep working on your webpages.
    14 - How am I a Genius? Do a second quality of genius on existing iam.html file.

    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 of genius with examples to help you identify your genius. Then you can let us all know how and why you are a genius.

    After you have read Thomas Armstrong's "Awakening Genius" two or three times, select a second of the qualities of genius to use to help explain how you are a genius. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example of this genius you have chosen be exhibited in school, while the other is from your life out of school.

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    13 - What is the Haiku?

    Hypertext Haiku

    Add link on index.htm to the new file, haiku.html

    You will be writing five Haiku and converting them into Hypertext Haiku.
    Read this page. to learn more about Hypertext Haiku.

  • What is going on with this page?
  • Can you explain how it works?
  • How would you make your own?
    HINT: Use View, page Source.

    Use handouts One & Two from Ted to begin your project.

    You will be creating 6 new files: five for each of the five haiku (h1.html, h2.html...)you write and one for the first page that links to all the haiku.

  • Write five haiku.
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    12 - How am I a Genius? Add link on index.htm and create new file iam.html

    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 of genius with examples to help you identify your genius. Then you can let us all know how and why you are a genius.

    After you have read Thomas Armstrong's "Awakening Genius" two or three times, select one of the qualities of genius to use to help explain how you are a genius. Provide two examples from your life that demonstrate this genius quality. Let one example of this genius you have chosen be exhibited in school, while the other is from your life out of school.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    11 - What are your "civil rights"? Add a link on index.htm to civil.html called "Civil Rights."

    Read the article, Have We Overcome? (Page 12 in Upfront) What Barack Obama's election says, and doesn't say, about racial progress in America" by Rachel L. Swarns. Use the following prompts to guide your response in your essay.

    How is the word "equality" important with "civil rights"?
    For whom is "civil rights" important?
    What is the signifigance of Obama's presidency to the civil rights leaders of yesterday?
    Is racism over because Obama was elected President of the United States?
    Have we achieved equality in this country?
    What has been done for racism and what has to be done in America?
    Why is race a divisive issue in so many countries?
    How will Obama's election affect racism in the USA? around the world?

    Second, consider how Bill Cosby addresses the concept of civil rights and equality in a speech he gave at the NCAA conference celebrating 50 years since Brown VS Topeka BOE in his now famous Pound Cake Speech. How does his speech fit into the concept of civil rights? What are our rights and obligations? Should your civil rights step on another's civil rights?

    Third, read the short story, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. How does this short story address the idea of civil rights and equality? Is his, Harrison Bergeron, an ideal world?

    Fourth, read any of the Forerunner poets' poems on Civil Rights. How do these poems portend civil rights and/or equality? What is it these poems predict? Are their predictions realized?

    Fifth, read the obituary of John Hope Franklin and discuss how his life is an example of how civil rights was acheived and how it is to be maintained.

    Sixth, Listen and read Obama's March 18, 2008 speech on race.

    Seventh, read a portion of a speech President Obama gave to the nation from Congress on Feb 24. How does it address civil rights, equality, and obligation to all citizens?

    Finally, listen to William Julius Wilson address the subject of race and civil rights in an interview with Leonard Lopate.

    In conclusion, discuss what a perfect world would be while still maintaining our civil rights and seeking some kind of equality.

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    10 - What grade? Please go to your journal and write a detailed entry that explains why you have earned a specific grade for your webpage and its contents. Keep working on your webpages.
    9 - What is another Habit of Mind you possess? Read The Habits of Mind and choose a second Habit of Mind that applies to you. Explain how this second Habits of Mind will apply to you this semester and beyond. Be sure to provide an example from your life to prove this habit is yours.

    Do this in your habits.html file.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    8 - Are your pages connected to the assignments? Checklist:
    1. Add links in your work to the assignments, to the readings.
    2. Add descriptions to your files on index.htm. See Atlantic as example.
    3. Continue to write in your journal.
    4. Give better titles to your pages. Use the word and at least three other words.
    5. Give good solid conclusions to your essays.
    Keep working on your webpages.
    7 - What is 'linear text'? Add link on index.htm and create new file linear.html, USE Assignment Page Template.
    Use the questions below to guide you in your writing.

    Please watch this short video, MORE THAN ONCE!

    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?
    What do the words after "Rethink" mean?
    How is writing evolving?

    Use the pause button to take notes, move the moving button back to review what you just saw, watch it more than once.

    Read this article about Rethinking School. What information in this article can be used in your essay?

    Your essay (linear.html) should discuss how the digital world is changing writing, thinking, reading, learning, rethinking schools, and your life as you discovered from the video and the article. Include a discussion of what we need to "rethink," and how form and content are more connected in the digital world of writing and reading.

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    6 - What is Peer Review Follow instructions on our Blog. Keep working on your webpages.
    5 - What is Irony? On your index.htm page, add a link to a new file called irony.html.
    Use the Assignment Page code to paste into the new file irony.html.

    First, in this new file you will define Irony. Discuss how Irony has existed in your life, where you have observed it, and if it is part of your life.

    Second, we will read Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson and discuss it as an example of irony. Be sure to provide specific examples from the poem to defend your comments. Use this Poetry Fact Sheet to keep notes on the poem.

    Third, you will read a short story and discuss how irony is important in it. Be sure to provide specific examples from the short story to support your comments. Use this Fiction Fact Sheet to keep notes on the short story. Select one of these short stories. Maybe the one you want to read can be read to you on Librivox.

    1. Lamb to the Slaughter BY ROALD DAHL
    2. The Monkey's Paw BY W. W. JACOBS
    3. The Most Dangerous Game BY RICHARD CONNELL
    4. The Gift of the Magi BY O. HENRY
    5. The Necklace BY GUY de MAUPASSANT

    Fourth, discuss the irony in The House that Slaves Built by Gardiner Harris.

    Conclude with a good discussion of irony.

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    4 - What is your favorite...? During the February break let us know what/who your favorite..
    book is.
    actor/tress is.
    music is.
    athlete is.
    food is.
    movie is.
    car is.
    tv show is.
    dog is.
    your favorite place on earth is, well you get the idea.

    Create a page called favorite.html (USE Assignment Page Template), be a producer, that tells us what your favorite things are. Make a link on index.html to this new file, favorite.html.

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    3 - What are you doing? Add a link on index.html to a new file called journal.html (USE Assignment Template). In this new file speak about what you have been doing in this class. Reflect on the process of what you have been producing and how you have solved problems. What are the possibilities for you with this webpage? What do you like, what don't you like? What does the webpage represent to you? Keep working on your webpages.
    2 - Do you have good Habits? Read the handout and explain what you believe to be the functions, purpose, meaning of the Habits of Mind. Use these questions as guidelines.
  • What is the purpose of the "problem"?
  • What is the difference between producing knowledge and reproducing knowledge?
  • In your own words define a "habit of mind."
  • What is the importance of "intellectual behavior"?
  • In your own words what are the ways we employ the habits of mind?
  • In your own words what do you suspect "intelligent people" do to solve problems?
  • Conclude with how you might think the "Habits of Mind" may apply to you.

    1. Do this on your webpage.
    2. Add a link in index.htm to this file: habits.html.
    3. Then use the Assignment Template (HINT: Use View source and copy the code, then paste it on your new file) to create the habits.html file and write about your habits.
    4. Use direct quotes from the text to support your claims.
    Next:
    Read The Habits of Mind. Explain how The Habits of Mind (choose ONE) will apply to you this semester and beyond. Be sure to provide an example from your life to prove this habit is yours. Do this in your habits.html file.
  • Develop your own Good Habits of Mind
    1 - Do you have a web presence? Create your Yahoo account.
    1. Go to Yahoo
    2. Sign up. Login name: Initials of name and first 5 digits of OSIS.
    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 to access Geocities.
    5. Use the sheet from Ted to make your webpage.
    6. Decorate page using the HTML link on your page.
    7. Make corrections as per Ted's directions for your pages.
    Login from home to see your webpage