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Organizing Genre Analysis Reports

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This is the post for Friday, January 6, 2017.

Notes for Today

  • Snow? The forecast says we will get 1 to 3 inches in Blacksburg. If you get snow, post a photo in Piazza for fun. Maybe you can make us a mini-snowman or find enough snow for a snow angel 🙂

  • One Week Left: Be sure you are on track this weekend. We are now two-thirds of the way through the course. Next week, you will need to complete a progress report quiz, turn in your Genre Analysis Report and your Completion Report (the final), and finish the reading quizzes for all chapters of Markel.

Readings for Today

  • Markel, Chapter 8, “Creating Graphics” (For how you can incorporate graphics in your Genre Analysis Report and final exam)
  • Markel, Chapter 14, “Writing Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions” (For details on how to define and describe the kind of writing you analyze)

Work for Today

  • If took advantage of the 1-day grace period, submit your Report Proposal by at 11:59 PM tonight, Friday, January 6, following the submission instructions.

  • Continue work on your Genre Analysis Report, which is due on Wednesday, January 11. Aim to have the basic information you need gathered before the weekend so you can begin concentrating on writing your report.

  • To prepare for writing your report, compare the Tables of Contents for the Genre Analysis Examples, and discuss what you notice in Piazza. Consider both the organization represented by the Table of Contents and the way that the Table of Contents itself is presented. Think about which strategies work best, and share your best advice for effective organization.

  • Want to work ahead? Read Markel, Chapter 12, “Writing Informational Reports” for tips on progress reports. You will complete a progress report on your Genre Analysis Report in a quiz on Monday.


Report Proposal Submission

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This is the post for Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Notes for Today

  • Proposal Approval: Once you turn in your proposal, assume that you will receive approval and proceed to work on your Genre Analysis Report.

Readings for Today

Work for Today

  • Submit your Report Proposal in Canvas by 11:59 PM today, Thursday, January 5, following the submission instructions. If you need extra time, take advantage of the 1-day grace period, which ends at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 6.

  • Begin work on your Genre Analysis Report, which is due on Wednesday, January 11. Today and tomorrow, focus on collecting examples and resources on composing the kind of writing that you are exploring. Aim to have the basic information you need gathered before the weekend so you can begin concentrating on writing your report.


Midterm Assessment

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This is the post for Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Notes for Today

  • It’s Midterm: Crazy, huh? Since the Winter session is only three weeks long, midterm comes quickly. Be sure that you are making progress on your readings and chapter quizzes.

Readings for Today

  • Markel, Chapter 10, “Writing Job-Application Materials” (for details on resumes)

Work for Today

  • Complete your Participation Mid-Session Assessment today, following the instructions in Step 4 on the Participation Assignment page. You will not submit the self-assessment in Canvas. It is an important step however. Make sure that you are on track for the participation grade that you want to earn.

  • Review the questions and answers in Piazza for tips on your current projects. Contribute to the discussion if you have a question or suggestion to share.

  • Continue working on your Report Proposal, which is due on Thursday. Post your draft for feedback from your Writing Group on Wednesday and then revise and turn in your proposal on Thursday.


Professional Bio Overview

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This is the post for Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Notes for Today

  • Posting Questions: Thanks to everyone who has jumped in and gotten into activities on Piazza. If you have questions about the assignments or the course, please continue posting them in Piazza, rather than emailing them to me, so that everyone in the class can benefit and help find answers.

  • Course Pacing: Winter session is exceptionally fast paced. We have only 15 weekdays in the course. Since a regular semester has 15 weeks, this course needs to cover one week of work every day.

  • Work Hours: Normally, I am online from late afternoon through early morning hours. I’m not a morning person. So look for responses from me during those hours.

Readings for Today

Work for Today

  • Follow the instructions on the Participation Log page to begin tracking your participation in the course. Thanks to those of you who have already set up your logs.

  • Get to know the members of your Writing Group on Piazza. I have set up three groups (listed below). If you want your name listed another way, let me know:

    • Team Ada: Calvin, Nick, Alex, Graham, Pamela, and Chimere
    • Team Adele: Onat, Jared, Jose, Michael, Dev, and Alexandria
    • Team Grace: Moath, Stephen, Nicholas, Afrasiab, Kyle, and Shaifali
  • Draft your Professional Bio and share it with your writing group on Piazza. Use the Peer Feedback page to guide the questions you ask and the feedback that you give members of your group. Your bio is due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 12/28.


Welcome to English 3764

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Surprise! People with Stronger Writing Skills Are Better at their Jobs, Get Paid MoreThis is the post for December 26, 2016.

Welcome to the Winter 2016–2017 session of Technical Writing. The Winter Session begins today, Monday, December 26, 2016. This site is the official home for our Fall 2016 course (CRNs #83753 and #83754). Information on all assignments, weekly activities, and related resources will be posted here. Check this site regularly for the details on what to do for the course.

For today’s activities, please do the following:

1. Buy the book. If you want the physical copy, you need to order it ASAP so that you have time to read the chapters before the quizzes are due. The ebook version is fine, and you will have it faster obviously.

  • Markel, Mike. Practical Strategies for Technical Communication. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015.

    2. Read these pages on the course website:

    If desired, you can read details all the major writing projects and the participation portion of your course grade as well.

    3. If you have any questions, you can log into Piazza and ask them. Please place general questions about the course in the Logistics folder. Additionally, read through what your classmates have posted. If you can answer a question, please do. Likewise, if you want to clarify or add onto a question, do that as well. There is also an AMA folder in Piazza if you’d like to know more about me.

    Naturally, if you have a personal question, you can send me an email message at tengrrl at

    4. Confirm that your notifications in Canvas are set the way you want them. Note that Canvas uses your notification preferences to determine whether to email you or text you (or not tell you at all) about information in the site. See the section "How do I adjust my notification preferences?" in the Student Getting Started with Canvas Guide for more information on setting up your notifications.

    5. Take the Syllabus Verification Quiz to confirm that you have read the Syllabus and information on course logistics.  


    [Image: Detail from Why Good Writing Is Needed for Better Jobs]

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