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Technical Definitions and Instructions

posted: 11.18.14 by Traci Gardner

I have been working to make the assignments in my technical writing class tie more closely to tasks students will do in the field. Their range of experiences complicates my goal however. Some have extensive experience, having worked in summer jobs and internships, while others know only their field from the classroom.

Two of the assignments I added this summer have seemed successful regardless of the experience students have. The professional biography assignment and the classification and analysis project allowed them to talk about their field and their experiences in positive ways, but had room for them to research aspects they were unsure of. I wanted to rethink the assignments I was using for definition, description, and instructions to work in the same way. [read more]

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Writing Assignment Evolution

posted: 5.14.14 by Traci Gardner

I am quite picky about the writing assignments that I use. A good writing assignment should focus on critical thinking, have an authentic audience, give students some choice, and provide support for the writing students are to do. I want my writing assignments to do all that, but I also want them to be engaging and, if not fun, at least enjoyable. [read more]

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Instructions on Instructions

posted: 9.24.13 by Traci Gardner

To introduce a writing assignment on instructions this week, I asked students to analyze a rather generic set of writing instructions on the WikiHow site. The prompt I posted for the in-class activity was simple:

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