- Project One memos
- Blog talk
- Writing for useability
Project One memos.
One Card OverAchievers: Evan L. Joshua, Ali, Mohammad
We’ve Gone Plaid: Martin, Nate , Kelly , Evan C.
The U. N. Group: Ritwik, Abe, Kento, Branden
Brad’s Undergrads: Lauren, Peter Dolba, Gi Tae, Vandit
The Creative Ones: Brittany, Tayler, Nick, Jason
The Leftovers: Peter Dolnicek, Billal, Ronald, Philip
Writing for Usefulness and to Persuade
- Identify the goals of your reader(s).
- Determine and clearly show how your ideas or suggestions can help the reader(s) achieve their goals.
- Use an appropriate superstructure for the writing task.
- In your writing, focus on the ways your ideas or actions will help the reader(s).
- Organization-related: specific, factual, based on organization’s motives
- Values-related: human rights, ethics, societal norms
- Achievement/Growth goals: recognition, advancement, satisfaction
- Justify your claims by marshaling appropriate evidence and a solid line of reasoning.
- Anticipate and address potential counterarguments that may arise.
- Be credible. Establish your ethos
- Mention your credentials and demonstrate your knowledge
- Cite experts
- Avoid oversimplifying
- Stress goals and values of the reader(s) rather than your own
- If writing for a specific organization/discourse community use the terms and structures routinely used by that group.
- State your message confidently and with enthusiasm
- Refer to an authority or expert with whom you have consulted or who trusted you with the task at hand. (Anderson, ch 4 & 5).
With one or two partners, use the supplied Writing Guides to prepare a response to one of the three Case Studies at the end of chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Technical Communication. Outline or draft a single page memo in response to the case you chose.
- Technical Communication ch. 24 (“Writing Reader-Centered Proposals”)
- Project Two
- Have a rough draft of Project One ready for class on Thursday
- Project One Due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, 9/16/14: Post to Wikipedia (or other knowledgebase) and provide a copy of the text with a link to the Wikipedia entry (see an example here). Provide “before” and “after” screenshots as linked files with your references on your team blog page.