The technical writing unit project will be due on Friday, May 10th.  Students know I expect at least six pages of work, be it on a document, powerpoint, or other media.
 
This week we began the Technical Writing unit.  The following is the write-up of a multi-day assignment we will be working on in class.
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Today was for charting our remaining time together.  We brainstormed activites we could do pertaining to Technical Writing.  Come Monday, we will start an activity that keeps our brainstr
 
Your multimedia research projects are due today, but I will accept them in my email on Wednesday as well.

Today: hootenanny!!
 
Hey guys! Today you have a substitute BECAUSE I AM AT A WORKSHOP and I trust that you'll all be awesome and polite and as mature as possible. :)

Please spend today working on your research presentations. Remember the following things:
  • You need to impress me, and a 30-second video alone isn't going to do that. A short video must be embedded within a more substantial website or another document.
  • Your presentation needs to be ONLINE.
  • In order to get credit for your presentation, you need to EMAIL ME the link. If you put it in my inbox, I can't access it from home and can't grade it. Either the kbaker@nsd131.org or mrsbaker06@gmail.com address should work. I will reply to your email and let you know that I got the link.
  • I need your link no later than Tuesday, April 16. You can send it to me at any time, but make sure you are really ready for it to be graded before you do so.

The other thing is that next Tuesday (the next time we meet) is our party/shindig/hootenanny/fiesta. I, personally, am not planning anything at all that day -- it is up to you. I would love for you to plan to bring in some food, entertainment, whatever for class that day. You are invited to stay for the entire 3B/4B block if you don't have another class. If you need to take a few minutes in class today to make some plans with one another, that would be all right -- just make sure that you are also getting your work done and not being disruptive to those who are still working.

 
Today you will begin working on creating a final product using your research. You will have today and Friday to work on this in class; it is possible that you will need out-of-class time as well, but if you use your class time well you should be able to get it all done here. In order to do a good job on this project, you should plan on using much of this week to 
  • explore options
  • plan what you want to do
  • execute (put it all together)
  • review and revise (get your peers to check it out)
  • make it perfect and very impressive!


I encourage you to turn in your assignment on April 12. The ABSOLUTE LAST DAY that this can be turned in for credit (NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS) is Tuesday, April 16. After that date, responsibility for the class passes over to Mr. Marquart. He will not be accepting work that was assigned by me, and I will not be grading any work while on maternity leave. If you want credit for this (large) project, make sure that I have it in my hands by or before April 16.


Ready to find out what your final product is? Click here to download the instructions in PDF format.
 
Your final drafts -- in both PDF and DOC format -- need to be in my inbox today.

Today you will begin working on creating a final product using your research. You will have today, Wednesday, and Friday to work on this in class; it is possible that you will need out-of-class time as well, but if you use your class time well you should be able to get it all done here. In order to do a good job on this project, you should plan on using much of this week to 
  • explore options
  • plan what you want to do
  • execute (put it all together)
  • review and revise (get your peers to check it out)
  • make it perfect and very impressive!


I encourage you to turn in your assignment on April 12. The ABSOLUTE LAST DAY that this can be turned in for credit (NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS) is Tuesday, April 16. After that date, responsibility for the class passes over to Mr. Marquart. He will not be accepting work that was assigned by me, and I will not be grading any work while on maternity leave. If you want credit for this (large) project, make sure that I have it in my hands by or before April 16.


Ready to find out what your final product is? Click here to download the instructions in PDF format.
 
Today we are working on our final drafts of our research papers. You may want to refer to the initial instructions to make sure that you are meeting all requirements. (That link also includes links to resources to help you correctly format your paper and Works Cited sheet). 

Use your rough draft and the notations from your peers to improve your paper. DO NOT JUST TURN IN YOUR ROUGH DRAFT AS A FINAL DRAFT -- papers can always be improved, and even if your peers' suggestions aren't very helpful, you can work to make your paper stronger, more persuasive, and more clearly and effectively written. 

When you feel that your final draft is, in fact, as perfect as it can possibly be, follow these instructions:
  1. Save it to your own drive as "Lastname Final Draft."
  2. Turn your file into a PDF. If you don't know how to do this (it's very easy in Word 2007!) just open this document and follow the instructions. Give it the same file name (it will have a different extension).
  3. Put a copy of BOTH files (the .docx and the .pdf) in Baker's inbox for your class. Make sure that you are keeping a copy for your own access! You will need it next week.

If you finish early, you can place your bet as to when Baby Baker will be delivered by the storks -- see Mrs. Baker for the calendar.
 
Today we did an intensive editing/proofing workshop on the rough drafts of our research papers. If you were absent, you can replicate the process at home by downloading these instructions and following them meticulously (it is best if you can find a trustworthy friend or family member to help do this from an objective perspective). We will be working on final drafts on Thursday.