Re: High School Technical Writing

Subject: Re: High School Technical Writing
From: Paula Puffer <papuffer -at- PSQUAREDDOC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 00:01:47 -0600

Lenore:

Is there any way that perhaps you could interview some of the high school
students that might be impacted by this program? I think they would give you a
better clue as to what students want to know.

Paula Puffer
papuffer -at- psquareddoc -dot- com



-----Original Message-----
From: Lenore Weiss [SMTP:Lenore_Weiss -at- WINK -dot- COM]
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 1998 6:04 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: High School Technical Writing

I am the community outreach coordinator for my local STC (Society for
Technical Communication) chapter.
We are working with the Oakland Unified School District to launch a pilot
program in three high schools about technical literacy. Right now, I'm
developing an outline for the classroom mentoring portion of the program in
the inner city. These classroom materials are intended to prepare students
for a technical literacy contest. Any classroom material will be
coordinated with the real life of the classroom and student projects. Right
now, I'm trying to develop a possible flow. Here's my first building
blocks:

Set 1
How did I become a technical writer (introduction, personal story)
What does a technical writer do?
What is audience? How do you understand / write for an audience?
What is procedural writing?

Set 2
How do you analyze a project?
How do you read and understand technical materials?
How do you take notes?
What is a first draft? How do you prepare it?

Please:
For a moment, think like a high school student. What would you want to
know?
Add your ideas? Suggest other approaches?

Thanking you in advance.

Lenore


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