Lessons/Projects for Summer 2010 Technical Writing

Lessons/Projects for Summer 2010
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AIM Lessons/Projects: The Objectives and Process - The WALT & WILF
Assignment Template
Assignments: [1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 ]
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6 - Is My HomePage Presentable? Your grade will be based on Habits, Metaphor, Choice essays.
In addition, be sure the quote is on your main page with a link to a file that explains the quote.
Be sure your main.html page (HomePage) is presentable.
  • Are links on main.html explained?
  • Does each essay have a link to the assignment?
  • Have you added color and personalized your Home and the essay pages?
    ***Remember you are graded for the content of your essay and the form in which it is presented which means color, graphics and design.
  • Keep working on your webpages.
    5 - Do you make good choices? TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
    Hamlet III,i Shakespeare

    Create a link on your main.html page to choice.html. Use Assignment Template.

    Begin your essay with these guiding points:
    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?

    Next you will read this poem: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

    1. Do the work found on this link.
    2. Listen to the poem.
    3. Answer all questions as you listen to the poem.
    4. Use the poem to further your discussion about choice.

    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?

    Next you will read an 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?

    Select a cartoon to illustrate your essay. Be sure to explain the meaning of the cartoon as it relates to choice.

    Provide a good conclusion about choice that connects what you have read and your own choices.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    4 Midterm - What is an important quote for you? 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 in that new quote.html file.

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

    Keep working on your webpages.
    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. 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.

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      e e cummings

    Explain how the above poem is a metaphor.

    Keep working on your webpages.
    2 - Do you have good Habits? Read the Habits of Mind and explain what you believe to be the functions, purpose, meaning of the Habits of Mind. Use these following questions as guidelines.
  • What is the purpose of the "problem"?
  • What are the authors/researchers studying, exploring, observing?
  • 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 main.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. Link to this assignment.
    5. Use direct quotes from the text to support your claims.
    6. Use color, images, and good desktop publishing tools for your page.
  • 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