Week 1 and week 2 were more introductory. Now let’s get into the more complex texts. Instructions are the most common examples of technical communication. These may seem fairly straightforward, but instructions become more complex when we take into account the needs of our audiences, communities, and professional contexts.
4/18 Read James Paradis’ article “Text and Action: The Operator’s Manual in Context and in Court” (PDF in Gauchospace), which is a scholarly article regarding instructions.
4/20: Workshop on rhetorical analysis and instruction manuals. Use this google doc to add your notes from the class activity.