Lessons/Projects for Spring 08-09 Technical Writing

Lessons/Projects for Spring 08-09
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AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - Assignment Template
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7 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Be sure your index page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Your webpage and all files are like a magazine. With this in mind be sure to do the following.
  • Links are explained. Provide a brief description of the file.
  • Have you added color, graphics, and personalized your Home?
  • Add a quote to the page that helps us understand you.
  • In each of your files, provide a link back to the assignment and links to any readings or other websites you deem apropriate to help the file.
  • Add appropriate color, graphics, and quotes to each file.
  • Be sure your name and copyright are on all pages.
  • Be sure your webpage and files represent you well and appropriately.
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    6 - What is Irony? On your index.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 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.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    5 - What quote of the day would you put on your homepage? 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 index.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.
    4 - What are your favorite things? Add a link on index.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 a bit of 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.
    3 - What is 'linear text'? Add link on index.html 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? (Think Change)
    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 is the difference between 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.

    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.html 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 THREE of The 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. Provide color and graphics to augment the text file.
  • Develop your own Good Habits of Mind
    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