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Technical Writing, September 19, 2013


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Technical Writing, September 19, 2013

  1. 1. TODAY 1) Checking in with our Tumblrs 2) I am Iron Man 3) The great directions sharing experience 4) The debriefing 5) Homework
  2. 2. Tumblrs I started grading the Tumblrs over the weekend, and I held off mentioning this Tuesday to make sure that I got a chance to talk to the people who weren’t on the blogroll yet. But some of you don’t have all your entries. I’m offering one time amnesty! If you get caught up by 11:59 PM on Monday (this coming Monday) I will consider everything on the Tumblr on time.
  3. 3. You should have 1. tell us all who you are, your major, your skills, and set 5 goals for class. (for week one) 2. Week 2’s reading response 3. Week 2’s class based response 4. Week 3’s reading response 5. Week 3’s class based response 6. week 4’s class based response 7. *due tonight* week 4’s reading response
  4. 4. And now… What I had you print for today is a papercraft Iron- Man designed by a guy named Gus Santome. He runs a blog at where he churns these out. If you were diligent and printed yours for today, though, you see something interesting: there are no directions.
  5. 5. Activity: we keep foldin’ Lucky for us, this isn’t our first rodeo! We know how to fold paper in these parts. And sure, now there’s some cutting, and probably a little gluing, in our future. But we live fearless, because we’ve harnessed the power of the page to fly nearly ten feet! Seriously, though– look at it, think about it, cut it, fold it, glue it. Make it into a little Iron-Man.
  6. 6. THEN Write some directions so the next poor soul can make one.
  7. 7. When you finish… … let’s talk about it.
  8. 8. And your homework… … is to print another one (if the color is too expensive, it’s cool to do black and white. I don’t mind), and print your directions, then take them to some innocent soul. Have that person make the Iron-man. Watch. Do not speak. Just watch. When they finish, write a summary of what they did right, what they did wrong, and how you feel your directions fared. Once the person has finished, you can also ask questions. This summary should be posted to your blog by a week from today, and it will replace BOTH your Tumblr posts for next week.
  9. 9. Also Read Anderson, Chapter 27 And remember your resume and cover letter are due to me, saved as PDFs, along with your job ad and your rough draft (with any comments people added to it), all via email. If people made hand-written comments on your draft, you can get those to me any way you’d like (hand them to me today, bring them Tuesday, take a photo of them… whatever works for you).