As a fun way to start, and to help us get to know each other a little better, we are going to have a contest to see who can find the craziest manual/guide/how-to (etc.) document.

  • Find a crazy manual example. Any type is fine - hard copy, online, etc. It can be about anything, but it should be acceptable reading for a general audience (so nothing too profane, sexist, racist, etc.). You can see the crazy manual that I found as an example. It's become a cult classic of sorts, and copies go for a lot of money.
  • Once you find your manual, you will share it with the class. Provide some type of visual (copy of the cover, sample pages, etc.), describe the document, and tell us why you chose it.
  • Then, also tell us how your book choice shows something about you. For example, in my case, the manual I chose is representative of what women were supposed to be back in the 70's. We were told we could do anything, but there were still those expectations of what a women should act like. So the contradictions in the manual represent the contradictions I've grown up with as to women's roles.
  • How you present the info is up to you, but I would encourage you to not limit yourself to just plain text. You can make a short video with your phone. (If the file won't work in Blackboard you could post it on Facebook or You Tube and make the file available to all. Just use your first names, and you don't have to show yourself in the video. If you choose to do a Power Point (I'm not a big fan since they are usually not well done.) you must have audio (not music) as part of the presentation.
  • Refer to Chapter 11 in ETC to help you with ideas for how to present your manual.
  • This is just an intro activity, so have fun and don't be afraid of trying new things.

Once we have the manuals collected, we will then vote to decide which one is the craziest.