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Bridge from everyday writing to writing in any situation. College students write regularly in personal and social settings, but they often find it challenging to transition successfully to academic contexts. By building from their everyday writing experience, Writing Situations with MyWritingLab prepares students to analyze, navigate, and write effectively in any situation. Author Sid Dobrin presents a rhetorical situation both nuanced and practical, grounded not only in audience, purpose, and context but also impacted by medium, methodology, and relationships among stakeholders. Writing Situations provides a framework and a process for students to apply to any writing project and any situation. Teaching and Learning Experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience for you and your students. *Robust resources improve students' writing and allow instructors to track results. WithinMyWritingLab, students can measure how well they understand key concepts while faculty can incorporate rubrics into meaningful assignments, grade based on desired criteria, and analyze class performance through advanced reporting. *Pedagogical support helps students develop their writing process. Each project chapter includes five visual features (Road to a Strong Thesis, Side by Side, Mapping Your Situation, Prepare and Respond, and Writing Process Guidelines) that help students analyze, navigate, and respond to diverse writing situations while building an effective writing process. *A variety of writing assignments accommodate a range of teaching approaches. Formal assignments in each project chapter include a traditional academic essay, a project focused on using visuals, an online or digital variation, a research-based option, and a "radical revision/ translation" project to turn a print-based essay into a multimodal project. *Support for experienced and new instructors. Contextualized and integrated instructor support includes videos, screencasts, PowerPoints, downloads, handouts for each assignment chapter-organized by chapter and housed in one place for instructor ease of use.
Technical Communication Todayremains the only text to fully centralize the computer in the technical workplace, presenting how writers use computers throughout their communication process. Writers use their computers to help them think, research, compose, design, and edit. Not only is Technical Communication Today firmly rooted in core rhetorical principles, but the text also presents computers as thinking tools that powerfully influence how we develop, produce, design, and deliver technical documents and presentations. Clear instruction not only describes technical documents, but also guides the reader through the activity of producing them.Technical Communication Today helps communicators draft and design documents, prepare material for print and Web publication, and make oral presentations; by bringing computers to the foreground as thinking tools, it accurately reflects the modern day computer-centered technical workplace. Technical Communication Today speaks to today's students and how they expect to learn information. Instructional narrative is "chunked," so that readable portions of text are combined with graphics. Not only does this presentation facilitate learning, but it also models the way today's technical documents should be designed. Additionally, the chunked presentation integrates an awareness of how documents are read-often "raided" by readers seeking the information they need. By mirroring these processes in its content and structure, Technical Communication Today offers a higher level of accessibility for readers.
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