Genre website proposals

Guys, just type your proposal on a separate document and then paste it under your name — we don't want any page locks to hinder someone from editing their piece.

Fidan's Proposal

I would first like to apologize for my tardiness and hope that it has not inconvenienced anybody. With that out of the way, I would like to propose that our group explore the genre of technical instruction for the first assignment progression project. While I agree that a TED talk is a really fun idea, I don't believe that we all have compatible free time slots in which we could accomplish something that involved. However, bear in mind that since we are creating a webpage, we have almost unlimited options for formatting it, which can include videos if anybody is willing. As for technical instructions, I believe it's a genre that is familiar to all of us, a concern many of us have expressed, and it is something that we all have an opinion about. Opinions are great because they are a good platform for building ideas as to how something ought to be done.

I think that the genre of technical instruction will give us all a good amount of practice in expressing ideas that other people will use in order to physically do/produce something. It's a good genre because we can easily test the effectiveness of what we have given instructions about by trying to carry out the action. The accuracy of the results will show us how effective the instructions have been. If more than one person can read the same instructions and produce very similar outcomes, then we will know that we've given good instructions; we will know that we have expressed our thoughts in such a way that other people can understand them; and we will know that we have been successful in communicating our plans.

James's Proposal

I agree with Jerome’s idea about choosing the technical instruction genre for our project. From a young age almost everyone encounters technical instructions of some kind, whether they are for putting together a new toy or for assembling a piece of furniture. More importantly the audience of our piece— high-school students—could immediately understand the genre we are referencing and could comprehend its importance in the engineering field. Additionally the genre is not overly simple as to be self-explanatory, yet not overly complicated as to be intimidating to a high-school level audience.

As a resource for examples and research, I assume our textbook would be of help. From looking it over prior to writing this, I couldn’t find a specific page or chapter that deals with technical instructions, but I did find an example of a document written on the same subject for two different audiences: one for the general public, and one for experts. This is located on pages 31 and 33 of Technical Writing for CCNY. This could be helpful if we decide to go down the path Jerome described and break down the project into two parts: one for a non-technical audience, and one for technicians. Aside from the textbook, there are a plethora of examples available online and even some lying around my house. It should be easy to pinpoint a few of them and integrate them into our project.

Sunny's Proposal

In order to get the best possible information out of a media source, the best option (to me) would be to do a travel narrative. The reason would be that it would summarize the information in a concise manner. A great, widely used example of this genre would be a TED talk (accessible anywhere from the television to the computer to someone’s very own smart phone). While this may seem banal, the narrative will be explainable and technically appropriate for a very general audience (ages 10 and up).

The reason it will portray all of the information efficiently is due to the fact the talk will consist of the simplified scientific version of the specified text with a blend of technical aspects in it. Also, this type of narrative can be presented anywhere throughout the world, hence the term “travel narrative.” Therefore, not only this genre will able to convey all of the technical aspects in a brief manner but also it will help everyone else to understand the same concepts. This would annihilate any differences among the technicians and the non-technicians. Since this “class” difference among the technical people was apparent in some of the class’ proposals, this genre would make the understanding of this engineering/scientific aspect a collaborative effort.  

Yipeng's Proposal

We need something that is easy for us to do which means it should be familiar with us. My opinion is to choose a memo which is an academic genre. I think it’s easy for everyone to do. First of all, we all know what memo is and how to write it. It’s not too long but contains multiple features, and we could have an extended area to pick a topic. We all did memo in FIQWS before and thus I think it should be easier for us to make a memo.

My suggestion is a departmental memo. We can pick a major to discuss and research such like civil, mechanical or chemistry. A departmental memo is very usual and familiar to us; it would be a distinct way to know further details for a high-school aged audience with no particular experience in engineering. A departmental memo is not complicated; the cores are resources and examples. We can get examples from internet or the textbook. In the book, there are several detailed memos in chapter 7, and we also can get original examples from the internet or to ask our professors.

For the group work process, we need to pick a topic first and distribute the work to every member in the group and then we work together to finish the provisional draft. Furthermore we focus on examples and designs and ultimately we will finish everything else for the final project.

(Technical instructions is a good choice, too. But Jerome chose that so I wrote memo)

Kenichi's Proposal

I believe that our genre should be on TED talks, since they are a prime example of how important speech skills are. When developing an argument or trying to convey an idea, words and pictures are simply not enough or are too bland and boring, thus being considered uninteresting by readers and making them lose their attention as a result. However, in a TED talk, the specific ways in which the presenter discusses his or her point and the visual tools that are employed can interest those who would otherwise see a long list of instructions as dull.

In order to present these TED talks to a high school audience, we should create a webpage that consists of video links to specific TED talks as well as followup discussion and questions that help the audience understand exactly what the topic is about. For example, a high schooler who thinks "kinematics" sounds interesting but doesn't know what it means could easily find a glossary on the page that helps explain the topic in a way that alows the high schooler to understand the talk without creating much confusion. For how the work should be split up, I think we should all work on different sections or pages on the webpage, finding videos on various topics and encouraging the students to rate the presenter based on how well he or she delivered the speech. After the basic design of the website is done, we can all go back and review the website to make sure the information presented is correct and doesn't lack important details.

Jerome's Proposal

I want to make something clear: we want to make this webpage about something that we all understand and that we all find relatively easy to write about. I feel that "technical instruction" is a genre that we've all been exposed to — and something that we can explain easily.

Technical instructions, or operating procedures, are written for many devices around us: kettles, computers, ping pong tables, elevators, and etc. They are written to ensure the safety and proper handling of these devices. Some of these devices can be simple and their instructions can be readable by non-technical audiences, or these devices can be complex and understood only by trained technicians. Our textbook can probably help us (if it was in front of me..) by giving us examples of both instruction of simple and complex devices. We can get original examples from the products that we normally use everyday (such as a manual for a mp3-player), and we can get complex instructions off of the internet. Many of our resources on how to write technical instructions are on the internet.

(My plan for the upcoming days is provisional.)
With regard to the work process, we should be able to divide the webpage into two parts: Technical Instructions for the Non-Technical Audience, and Technical Instructions for the Technicians. We should put it in article form and put subsections within each of the two parts. We should work on that before the provisional draft is due, and then concentrate on the design, examples, and pictures on the final day for group work. We should be able to prepare our presentation over that weekend.

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