Category Archive: In-class Activities

Feb 03

Get to Know Your Word Processing Program

To make sure you are familiar with Microsoft Word (or another word processing program), complete the following activities: Apply styles in text. Change the format of a style (such as one font to another, spacing before a heading, etc.) Turn on the reviewing toolbar. Show individual reviewers. Change which reviewer’s comments show. Show individual types …

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Feb 03

Grammar Self-Diagnostic: Part One

Today, in class, we will take part one of a diagnostic: determine the error in the following sentences. Brandon said it is alright if I borrow his style manual if I promise to return it tomorrow. “I assure you, Davis. It is not I whom is to blame.” Due to the fact that the economy …

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Jan 27

Revising Critical Statements

A question to a writer is called a query. The term is also used to refer to all comments from the editor to the writer. In phrasing your queries, write directly and courteously, and avoid evaluative statements, especially when the evaluations are negative. Chapter Two gives proven strategies for effective editorial feedback. Think of ways …

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Jan 15

Editing: The Big Picture

While we will read a description of a technical editor for next week, our discussion today will focus on an introduction to the field and the job. Go to your favorite search engine or directory and type in “technical editing” as a phrase search. Click on each of the first ten links returned. What did …

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Apr 09

Prepositions Quiz

1. I am a student _____ college. 2. I am a student _____ Texas Tech. 3. I am a student _____ technical communication. 4. I am an assistant _____ Dr. Baehr. Words to use in the sentences above: Ney – used as a function word to indicate a point of reckoning; English word: _____ Quey …

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Apr 02

Style, Organization, and Visual Design

Sentence structure and meaning: There must be thorough preparation of the specimens by laboratory personnel. Laboratory personnel must prepare the specimens thoroughly. The specimens must be prepared thoroughly by the laboratory personnel. Preparation of the specimens by laboratory personnel must be thorough. Persona and readers/style: Go back to the paragraph from last week. Edit the …

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Mar 21

Style and Sentence Structures

Sentence Core: The focus of the test for Experiment II was tangential to and not a direct approach to leadership. The major framework of her policy involves presenting a discussion of health care funding. Some studies have revealed that there has been a smal increase in mastitis cases involved with BST-supplemented cows. The expected results …

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Mar 05

Practice with Spelling and Technical Material

This time, I want everyone to work through these exercises – either email me your answers or write them down to give to me. Spelling, Chapter 9: A feasability study is a way to help a person make a decision. It provides facts that help a researcher decide objectively weather a project is practical and …

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Feb 28

Practice with Punctuation

From the first assignments, I noticed that we need to practice more with punctuation – particularly commas. Introductory Words, Phrases, and Clauses While I was listening to my podcast I didn’t hear my phone ring. With the aid of a fast Internet connection he finished his project quickly. In the campground no pets were allowed. …

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Feb 05

Grammar and Usage Practice

Today, in class, we are going through a series of exercises designed to help you practice: First, complete #2 on p. 107 (Chapter Seven) Second, split up into groups, and I will assign each group one of the mistakes/challenges on p. 40-41 (Chapter Three) Third, work through the sentence patterns (#1 on p. 148)

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