Writings from the WorkPlace: Documents, Models and Cases / Edition 1

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WRITINGS FROM THE WORKPLACE is a reader-centered book that creates a unique marriage between the casebook and the models approaches. Using actual technical documents as readings, students learn the formats and conventions of various types of technical documents while simultaneously discovering how writers "invent" texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205150120
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

"Chapter Suggestions for Discussion and Writing" appears at the end of each chapter.


1. Technical Documents and Their Contexts.
Technical Documents.
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities.
Chapter Summary.

2. Discourse Strategies.
Presenting Valid Claims.
Presenting Valid Evidence.
Ensuring Accurate Predictions.
Chunking Information.
Sequencing Information.
Reflecting Writers' Purposes.
Visual Markers.
Sentence Structure.
Language Style.
Ancillary Information.
Preview Documents.
Supplemental Documents Navigation and Location.
Global Level.
Local Level.
Chapter Summary of Discourse Strategies.


3. Correspondence.
Style and Format Memoranda.
Conventional Format.
Electronic Mail Letters.
Conventional Format.

4. Instructions.
Audience Discourse Strategies.
Navigation and Location Aids.
Ancillary Documents.
Organizational Patterns.
Point of View and Focus.
Conventional Format.
The Documents.
Single Sets of Instructions.
A Complex SetofInstructions: Operator's Manual for Using a Hydraulic Hammer.
De Architectura (The Ten Books of Architecture) by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio • 27 B.C. De Re Metallica by Georgius Agricola, 1556.

5. Proposals.
Types of Proposals.
Audience Discourse.
Navigation and Location Aids.
Ancillary Documents.
Organizational Patterns and Sequence.
Conventional Format.
The Documents.
Legacy of Lead: America's Continuing Epidemic of Childhood Lead Poisoning.
(Policy Proposal) Proposal to Provide Services to Clean Up Leaking Storage Tank.
(Service Proposal) Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Project Description.

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