Lessons/Projects for Spring 09-10 Technical Writing

Lessons/Projects for Spring 09-10
Technical Writing

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AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - The WALT & WILF
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Assignments: [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 ]
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12 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Be sure your main.html page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Links are explained.
  • Have you added color and personalized your Home?
  • Quotes serve a valuable way for the writer to seque the reader into new text. You have seen many quotes on ToDaY's MeNu. Now it is your turn to add a quote to your page. Wander through the previous Quotes of the day (ToDaY's MeNu) or other quotation sites. Select one you like and find an important one for you. Place the whole quote on your homepage main.html in a prominant place. Then provide a link to a new file you create named: quote.html and explain the quote and its importance to you.

    An example can be found on ToDaY's MeNu: Imitation is Suicide.

  • Keep working on your webpages.
    11 - What is satire?
    What is a Pun?
    Add link on main.html 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.

    What is being satirized in Taylor Mali's "The 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.

    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.

    Read the articles in NewsHoggers then select one to discuss how it is satirical.

    Add a cartoon or do a Google search for "satire cartoon" to your essay and explain the satire in the cartoon.

    Provide a good conclusion to this essay. Define satire aagin and summaraize how the readings you did contribute to define satire.

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    10 - What is Irony? On your main.html 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.

    Fifth, select a cartoon or from here and include it on the irony.html page. Be sure to include the reason the cartoon is ironic.

    Conclude with a good discussion of irony. What is irony? Include the irony of the work you read this essay. When has irony been part of your life?

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    9 - What are the mysteries of Literature? You will do this Webquest for the "Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst Keep working on your webpages.
    ? - What grade have you earned? Open a word document.
    Put your name on the page
    Save it as grade

    Tell me what grade you believe you have earned and why. Your explanation is crucial and should be detailed.

    Print and be sure I get it.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    8 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Be sure your main.html page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Links are explained.
  • Have you added color and personalized your Home?
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    7 - Why is Shakespeare the One? Add a link on main.html to one.html" called "Shakespeare Sonnet One."

    You will be reading and studying Shakespeare's Sonnet One and create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation that demonstrates your understanding and explication of the sonnet. First we want to hear the poem. Watch both these videos and read along. First video, second video.

    Literary Terms:
    Alliteration
    Oxymoron

    After hearing it a few times, we will deconstruct the sonnet while exploring this presentation.

    Slide One is the poem
    Slide Two shows the meter, iambic pentameter, scan of the poem. The meter is crucial. when it is broken, pay attention.
    Slide Three points out the different parts of the poem: alliteration, (the s); repetition of words (thee, thy, thou); and rhyme scheme. How is alliteration, retitition, and the rhyme scheme important in helping deliver the message?
    Slide Four highlights key word phrases. How are these key phrases important? What do they mean? Think Oxymoron.
    The next slides show the parts of a sonnet. How is the structure of the sonnet important?
    Slide Five shows the first quatrain. What is the message of quatrain One?
    Slide Six shows the second quatrain. How is the message of quatrain One restated in the second quatrain?
    Slide Seven shows the third quatrain. How is the message stated a third time?
    Slide Eight shows the rhyming couplet.What is the conclusion as stated in the rhyming couplet?
    Slide Nine shows the octet. How is the question raised in the octet?
    Slide Ten shows the sestet. What is the answer as seen in the sestet?
    The next two slides are the poem again
    The last slide is the title slide.

    Now that you have read and heard the sonnet and have deconstructed it with the presentation, create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation that demonstrates your understanding of the sonnet. Copy the sonnet (Use View Source) into your essay and make some hypertext links to help illustrate your understanding of the sonnet.

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    6 - What can a parent do? Add a link on main.html to toson.html called "To a Son"

    Read two poems: 1. "A Father To His Son" by Carl Sandburg and 2. Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. Use the questions after each poem to help guide you. Listen to the available audio for each poem.

    First you will copy each poem into your file. (Use View, Page Source) Make hypertext links on words or phrases in each line of each poem to a graphic, another webpage, a dictionary link to illustrate the link, define the word, describe the word(s).

    After reading and redesigning the two poems, create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation that demonstrates your understanding of the use of metaphors in the poems and how they help develop the theme of each poem. Remember to define the metaphor. Then, use examples from each poem, explain how they are metaphors, and explain how they are used to develop the theme. Conclude with a discusion of parents.

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    5 - 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. Be sure to use the Thomas and Herrick poems and find some metaphors in Emily Dickenson's poems to serve as examples. 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.

      l(a

      le
      af
      fa
      ll
      s)

      one
      l
      iness
      e e cummings

    Explain how the above poem is a metaphor.

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    4 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Be sure your main.html page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Links are explained.
  • Have you added color and personalized your Home?
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    ? - What grade have you earned? Open a word document.
    Put your name on the page
    Save it as grade

    Tell me what grade you believe you have earned and why. Your explanation is crucial and should be detailed.

    Print and be sure I get it.

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

    Use the civil.html file to create a hypertext, multimedia essay/presentation to demonstrate your understanding of "civil rights" as described in the following selections.

    How is the word "equality" important with "civil rights"?
    For whom is "civil rights" important?

    Begin with the Declaration of Independence to start your discussion of civil rights and why we have them.

    Transition to today with 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.

    What is the significance 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 Board of Education, Topeka 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 three 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? Use three different poets.

    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?

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

    Ninth, How does the recent Beer Summit fit into your argument?

    Tenth Where are we today? Read this article, U.S. approves settlement for black farmers and discuss how we are still in a civil rights battle on many fronts. Listen and read more about this story.

    Finally, on March 8, 2010, the anniversary of the Selma March 8, 1965 civil rights march, read how Secretary Duncan will pressure schools to enforce civil rights laws. The example of civil rights abuse in North Carolina.

    In conclusion, summarize where we are, based on what you have read and heard in terms of civil rights. Discuss what a perfect world would be while still maintaining our civil rights and seeking some kind of equality.

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    2 - What are your favorite things? Add a link on main.html to a new file called faves.html (USE Assignment Template), label the link, My Favorite Things.

    What is your favorite...?
    book?
    actor/tress?
    music?
    sport?
    athlete?
    food?
    movie?
    car?
    color?
    tv show?
    pet?
    your favorite place on earth?
    .. well you get the idea. Add more.

    Be sure to:

  • Explain why these are your favorite things.
  • Add links to some websites that show us more about your favorite things.
  • Use color, graphics, and other media to illustrate and depict your personality and to complement your favorite things.
  • Use the HTML link to help with the editing.
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    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.
    Login from home to see your webpage