Project Part One: Understanding Project Needs

Document Design Report

  • Individual
  • Write a short report comparing/contrasting the document design of The Zombie Survival Guide (TZSG) and Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection (ZAR. The report will be submitted online and must be .doc or .rtf format. Report should include a discussion of the following for each text:
    • Purpose
    • Audience
    • Design/Style
    • Similarities/Differences
    • Strengths/Weaknesses
  • Audience: ENGL3301 Class
  • Purpose: To analyze the two texts to determine how well they were designed with readers in mind, and to use the information we find to develop better designed chapters for the survival guides you will write.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Completely explains at least two major elements of document design in the two books (no unanswered questions).
    • Gives reader a good grasp of how the books are similar/different in terms of document design.
    • Provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each book related to document design.
  • 10 points

Chapter Presentations

  • Group
  • We will pair up in groups of 2 and each group will choose one chapter from Chapter 1 - 11 in DW. The groups will then provide an overview of the chapters to the class.
    • No PowerPoint presentations are allowed.
  • Presentation Options
    • Any of the document types from Chapters 12 - 17 in DW
    • http://www.sliderocket.com/
    • http://www.xtranormal.com/
    • Presentations should be no more than 10 minutes long.
    • Presentations must be emailed to the professor a minimum of 24 hours prior to scheduled presentation time.
  • Reports should include:
    • Purpose - Why did author include this chapter?
    • Main points
    • Application of information to the work we will be doing in this class
    • Good ideas/less useful ideas
    • Extension of discussion - What would you add on the topic?
  • Audience: ENGL3301 Class
  • Purpose: To review the information presented in DW, to become more aware of document design issues related to audience needs, and to use the information to develop better designed survival guides.
  • Models
    • Designing Writing: A Practical Guide by Mike Palmquist
  • Evaluation
    • Provides useful information to other students.
    • Maintains audience interest.
    • Makes good use of resources.
    • Invites audience to interact with presenters in a meaningful way.
    • Presented to professor by pre-presentation deadline.
  • 10 points (Up to 5 points may be deducted for failure to meet pre-presentation deadline.)

Ethics Report - Position Statement "On the Ethical Treatment of Zombies"

Project Part Two: Backgrounds and Mock-Ups

Observation Report

  • Individual
  • You will view a short video in class and then write your own field notes from what you see. This will be for practice. Then, based on what you are thinking about writing your chapter on, you will write an observation report for something you choose related to what your chapter will be about. Then using your field notes you will write the Observation Report. The Observation Report will be submitted online and must be .doc or .rtf format.
  • Audience - Our class as the working group that is developing The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Purpose - The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn how to make observations about the world around you and successfully communicate this information in writing.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Provides enough information to give the reader a full idea of the occurrences that were observed.
    • Maintains audience interest.
    • Uses clear and descriptive language so as to provide a visual picture for the reader of what was observed.
    • Written at a professional level (formatting, editing, etc.).
    • Presented to professor in proper format.
  • 10 points (Up to 5 points may be deducted for failure to submit proper formats.)

Annotated Bibliography

  • Individual
  • We are now getting into work that will prepare you for the chapter you develop for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide. Your next assignment will be to submit a Chapter Proposal, but in order to do that you will need to do some homework to determine what you will include in your proposal. That is the purpose of the Annotated Bibliography. Technical writers spend most of their time bringing together already existing information into a format that fits the audience and purpose needs of the documents they are creating. So before writing on a topic, a technical writer has to gather information. We are using the Annotated Bibliography as a way for you to gather already existing information related to the topic you want to write about.
  • Audience - You will be the audience for the annotated bibliography, but you can also think about how you would explain the information you find to other members of our technical writing group (our class).
  • Purpose - For you to learn the information you need to write a professional chapter that includes not only correct and updated information regarding your topic, but information that will be interesting and valuable to the readers of The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide..
  • Specifics
    • How many? Long Answer - This will depend on how what you are writing about and what research you need to do/what information you need to collect to be able to write a chapter that will meet audience and purpose needs. Short Answer - At this point I would say shoot for 5.
    • What Kinds of Sources? - Of course you will want to include the usual -- books, journals, magazines, credible websites -- but other good sources might include interviews, Youtube videos, movies, blogs, etc. The way to answer what kinds and which sources again depends on your audience and purpose. You have to determine where to go to find the best information you will need for what you are covering in your chapter.
    • Use APA format. We'll talk more about why.
  • Models
  • Evaluation
    • Is it clear what each source is about?
    • Is it clear how each source connects to the chapter project?
    • Do the sources provide enough information to support writing a chapter on the chosen subject?
    • Is APA format correct.
  • 10 points

Survival Guide Chapter Proposal

Survival Guide Mock-Up

  • Individual
  • For this assignment, you will create a mock-up or draft of your chapter proposal. What will the chapter look like? How will the information be organized? What type of graphics will be included? These mock-ups will help us decide how to set up The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • 20 points
  • Format - Chapter mock-ups can be in Word, or you can use Publisher, but Publisher files have to be submitted in .pdf format.

Project Part Three: Survival Guide Completion

Survival Guide Drafts One and Two

  • Individualized (or group)
  • Evaluation
    • Is the chapter full and complete?
    • Has the group considered audience needs when writing the chapter?
    • Do the visuals support the written text, as opposed to just providing decoration?
    • Does the chapter cover all of the important elements related to the topic of the chapter?
    • Does the chapter meet the audience need as determined by the purpose of the chapter?
    • Is APA format correct, including proper documentation for visuals?
    • Follows the Style Guide for the book (Elizabeth Paseur's chapter)
    • Must be a Word document (no Publisher, no pdfs for this one)
  • 20 points for each draft

Survival Guide Publication Preparation

Final Chapter

  • Along with your final chapter, turn in a separate cover sheet that describes the purpose of the chapter as it relates to the purpose/audience of TCBZSG as laid out in the CFP for The Coastal Bend Zombie Survival Guide.
  • Evaluation
    • Is the chapter full and complete?
    • Has the group considered audience needs when writing the chapter?
    • Do the visuals support the written text, as opposed to just providing decoration?
    • Does the chapter cover all of the important elements related to the topic of the chapter?
    • Does the chapter meet the audience need as determined by the purpose of the chapter?
    • Is APA format correct, including proper documentation for visuals?
    • Follows the Style Guide for the book (Elizabeth Paseur's chapter)
    • Must be a Word document (no Publisher, no pdfs for this one)
  • 50 points