Monday, April 7, 2014

Technical Writing Blog Task 2--due April 10

1.) Type 15 super-specific, accurate, helpful words or phrases that have helped you achieve the absolute best results when crafting your sculptures. (Great examples include words like "perpendicular" and phrases like "covering each remaining gray peg.")

2.) Explain why 7 of these words work far better than poorer options. To earn full credit on any blog task, you must write 300+ words.


  1. Kauffman
    If you want to find some technical writing I put a link on the comment I summited. It has great examples and a lot of chapters that will help you and the table of contents to show a lot of technical writing examples. It gives you lots of charts and examples on how to write in a story or a play. It also teaches you how to write like a journalist. It will help you how to make news stories so people can read some interesting stories you put on the newspaper. It has a few story or poem examples how to write like an expert writer does. This should be important for you is the five components of writing is Development, Grammar, Organization, Style, and Document Design. It is important to read this manual so you can learn how to write or type in good story like sentences. It also tells you that you should rewrite your story to make sure you have any errors in the story you are writing in. Sometimes it says that you should have students create their own definition of technical writing. Here is an example on how to write technically “My son’s tennis shoes rest temporarily in a heap against the kitchen door, their laces soiled, their tongues hanging out like exhausted terriers. The soles, worn down on the insides from sliding into second, are green, the shades of summer. Canvas exteriors, once pristine white, are the colors of the rainbow— sun bleached, mud splattered, rained on, ketchup and mustard adorned, each shoe shouting a child’s joyous exuberance: “I’m alive!” Sometimes it is hard to write technically but with a little help with you teacher and this manual you can write a better story/poem. If you like my comment send me one as well for me to read.

  2. DanielsK

    15 Words
    Piece by piece instructions
    Building skills
    Team work

    The words that i would have to say that was useful was creative,building skills, imagination, teamwork, piece by piece instructions, crafty, and challenging. This project was considered these seven things because it gave everyone a chance to use the skills that they have. It was creative to see what people had to build with the considered amount of legos that they had to get. Also at the same time it was challenging for other to build the sculptures that the student had created. It really helps to build the skills that we have as students make the sculptures and to develop go writing/ or even the building skills we needed to get the sculpture made. But not only that but we used our imagination of what we were going to built so basically it took some thinking and some patience to write the instructions for the project as well. Then the group one we had to use teamwork to find the forty pieces that we needed to build the lego sculpture. To be order to build it we needed to write the instructions for the people to understand what we are trying to build as individuals and as a team. It was crafty/ fun in some ways because we got to use legos to build the things and it was very fun for every one.

  3. Johnson
    Specific Words

    Horizontally down
    Vertically down
    Should be parallel
    Leave 16 pegs in the dead center
    Should be a square left
    Facing the back side
    Opposite and perpendicular
    Perfectly aligned
    Left front side of the octagon
    Leaving a 2x2 square left over
    Put the red 1x2 next to the green/grey flap window
    Parallel on top and dead center over the black 2x6
    Connect the second blue thick 1x6 to the left-front side
    Connect the remaining white 2x2 across from the other white 2x2 in the right corner
    Lay down the grey thin 4x8 vertically 4 peg-side nearest to you

    Leave 16 pegs in the dead center is a better choice because it is so specific that a kid can figure it out, and it tells you exactly what it should look like. Facing the back side is a better choice because it tells you which way it is exactly supposed to be facing. Perfectly aligned is a better choice to use because it can relate to what you are looking at and make sure that you have the piece on right. Opposite and perpendicular is the best choice because those are two very specific words and show exact positions in which the Lego should be placed. Leaving a 2x2 square left over is a great choice and is better because it shows you exactly what amount should be left over instead of leaving you to wonder if it fits. Should be parallel is a better choice by putting an image in your head to picture what it will look like compared to the other piece. Put the red 1x2 next to the green/grey flap window is the very best choice because you are explaining exactly what each piece looks like in the step and showing where to exactly put that specific piece.

  4. Technical writing blog task 2
    15 words or phrases

    upper handed
    upside down
    step by step instructions

    There is more than fifteen words but all of these words and phrases pertain to the overall point of this assignment. The words that are best in this assignment are the ones that are directions left, right, top, bottom, front, middle, back, upside down, rightsideup, straight, sideways, askew, perpendicular, parallel and many more but these are just a few. The other words are the feeling you get when you are done building the project or when someone completes the building of your project correctly.then there are words that are not completely helpful such as thingy,that whatchamacallit, thingamajig, and most non-descriptive is stuff. Stuff can mean anything. only the beat, most descriptive words can properly achieve success in this assignment. there are many career possibilities in this path of technical writing lesson from the obvious technical writer to computer programer or even a construction worker has to know how technical writing works for they have to put a blueprint into speech. Even now I am using technical writing to explain how it works.
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  5. Drake Tutt
    Words and phrases that are more specific and precise.
    1. Flush
    2. Vertical
    3. Horizontal
    4. Adjacent
    5. Perpendicular
    6. Straight line not an “L” shape
    7. Example “two pegs still showing on grey Lego”
    8. Thin
    9. Thick
    10. The color
    11. No spaces
    12. In front of
    13. The sizes. (2x4)
    14. Directly
    15. Behind
    There are many words that can help the reader out with being sure they are doing the right steps. When Legos or parts of anything that you are putting together need to be connected and not have one of the pieces jolt off to one side, so I use the word flush to make my directions more thorough for the reader. I often like to use vertical to let the reader know if the piece needs to go up and down, and if not I will use horizontal. That only works if you make sure to tell the reader in the directions what is the front and back and to always keep the back towards you. By saying the color, the shape and size of the piece the reader will get a better understanding of what you are trying to explain in your directions. Always make sure to give the reader the best explanation you can about a piece that they are going to use next. For example “the thick V shaped piece that is the color green will be used next”. Never just say the color because there could be many other pieces that are the same color but different sizes. Always explain with exaggerated details.

  6. Specific Technical Writing Words

    1. Vertical
    2. Horizontal
    3. Absolute
    4. Directly
    5. Directly to the right of
    6. Directly to the left of
    7. Directly above
    8. Directly behind
    9. In front of
    10. Leaving no space between
    11. Specific measurements like ½ inch
    12. Evenly distributed
    13. Aligned perfectly leaving no pegs to show
    14. Flush
    15. Adjacent

    When technical writing it is important to not use such vague words, your reader is more likely to mess up. By using the words I have listed and having an intelligent reader it is nearly impossible for them to make a mistake. Instead of just saying place it above the object, you can say place it directly above the object leaving no pegs showing so they know exactly where it is supposed to go and not just somewhere above the object. You would use the word absolute so they know the exact position where the piece is supposed to go. By using specific lengths like ½ inch it makes it easier on your reader so they are not just guessing, like if you gave them make the right side a little longer than the left, a little longer could mean anything like a foot or an inch. Instead of just saying behind you should say directly behind leaving no space in between, if you just say behind then they may not put it in the right spot and it could mess up the whole project. By using the word flush it lets your reader know that they are supposed to be in a perfectly straight line. By using the words evenly distributed it lets the reader know that they shouldn't be distributed unevenly. And when using the words vertical and horizontal it gives your reader a starting point instead of just saying with the front facing you, because any side can be the front.

  7. Nick Wehmeyer
    Words and phase that help you follow directions better
    1. Vertical
    2. Absolute
    3. Horizontal
    4. Directly
    5. to the left
    6. to the right
    7. Top
    8. Behind
    9. In front of
    10. No spaces
    11. The color
    12. Thick
    13. Thin
    14. Flush
    15. Adjacent

    I think the words used in the direction truly help a person to understand it better. Like if some told you the go get the blue handle tool and there is 50 tools with a blue handle it would be impossible to find it. Now if you said go get the blue handle pliers and that is the only blue handle pliers in the tool box you would be ok to say that. At the same time if you have two of them you would have to say if it thicker or thinner one. We could even say it is in a different part of the tool box. Then you could say it is in the top left hand side next to the red handle pliers. Then you would know right where they are and what they are by to make it very easy to get the right pliers that are needed. The words used in your directions are the most important part in someone making your item. Believe it or not the simple’s things need directions. Like how to make a sandwich. People need the direction on how to make your sandwich. Like what color of bread or put the meat behind the cheese. In order to make it look like you’re without a picture to look at. If you have good directions there should be no need for pictures because they should have made it the same way that you did. That is why direction are important to a person.

  8. Bratland
    1. Next is a word that can be very helpful yet very vague. If you have a piece in the wrong place then the whole thing is gonna get messed up because of one word confusion.
    2. Right is helpful word to use. It helps them understand what direction to take the piece and set the piece
    3. Red giving the color of the object works great in explaining pieces
    4. 6x6 giving the measurements of the piece also helps very much
    5.Above when you say on top and its suppose to be above they might try to attach the pieces when they are not suppose to be attached
    6. Middle is a good way to explain where it is suppose to set on the other pieces
    7. Center people know where the center is on a piece. When its centered there should be the same amount of rows and columns on each side.
    8. Parallel is a good word to use when you try to show where a piece should be placed. Parallel means that two lines or whatever will never cross, but stay similar to one another
    9. Perpendicular this is more the opposite of parallel, this tells people that the two pieces should create a right angle.
    10. Flush means that pieces line up to make a straight edge
    11. Flat this shows the the depth of the pieces, its another word for thin.
    12. Thick is a good word to describe a piece that isn't flat
    13. Short regarding the length of the piece it is important to describe. If you have a couple pieces that look similar and one is longer than the other use this word so it ensures the right piece is used.
    14. Long describe a piece that is not short
    15. Square a 4x4 is an example of a square

  9. Austin Krumbach
    Words and phrases that are more specific and precise.
    1. Straight line
    2. Thick
    3. Thin
    4. Length x width (2x4)
    5. Shape of the piece
    6. The color
    7. Example “Place the thin green 2x6 on top of the thick yellow 2x4 so that a square 2x2 shows on the end of the thick yellow 2x4.”
    8. Parallel
    9. Perpendicular
    10. Directly above or below
    11. Horizontal
    12. Vertical
    13. Next to
    14. On top of
    15. Under
    Using these words help a lot more than using other words. Using the words “straight line” help the reader understand that the Lego’s should make a straight line and not jolt off in another direction. Thick helps the reader understand which Lego they should be using. Without the word “thick” the reader could think that he or she would be using the thin Lego, the same goes for the word “thin”. Telling the person the size of the Lego helps them know what Lego they need to use. The shape of the Lego tell them what Lego to use. Without telling them the shape they might think that they are using a circle or and arch shaped piece. Using Parallel tells the reader that the Lego is next to the other Lego in the same direction. Using the word “perpendicular” tells the person the two Legos are going to make a right angle or a 90 degree angle. Using “on top of” tells the reader that the Lego will sit on top of another Lego. Using the word “under” tells the reader that the Lego will sit under the other Lego, telling the reader where the Lego will sit. Using the words “horizontal” and “vertical” tells the reader that the Lego will either sit straight up and down or side to side.

  10. Hoeke
    Parallel is a very helpful word when someone is trying to build something. It means that the two pieces would never end if the pieces went on forever. For example, the two white wings on my project are parallel in the back of the ship.
    Perpendicular helps the builder know that they cross paths at some point. For example, my two black arches are perpendicular in the back right corner of the ship.
    Flush means even with the sides of the project. It makes a smooth edge. For example, all the arches around the edge of the ship are all flush with the edges of the platform.
    Flat is a good word to use when dealing with pieces. You have thick pieces and flat pieces. For example, the green 2x12 is flat and it sits on top of the white wings.
    Thick is just the opposite of flat. Its the pieces that are not flat like the bottom pieces of my boat. For example, all the arches are thick pieces, they are not flat to the ground.
    Long is a good word to use when you are using long pieces. For example we have many pieces that are longer than 10 pegs. I’d say after you pass 8 it would be considered long.
    2x4 is a great word to use it tells you exactly how big that certain piece is. For example, I have many 1 row pieces. When you say 2x4 the first number is always the shorter way. The second number is always the longer way.
    Rectangle is a word that describes the pieces that you have. Just about every piece is a triangle. For example, a 2x4 is a rectangle. Even 1x4’s are rectangles. Once it gets to 6x6 it goes to a square.

  11. 1. Completing the perimeter
    2. facing you
    3. parallel
    4. the remaining side
    5. dead center
    6. right
    7. left
    8. light gray 2x2
    9. bridge
    10. perpendicular
    11. next step
    12. opposite
    13. horizontal
    14. put it next too
    15. on top of

    There are more than seven words and phrases that have helped me direct the people who are reading my directions, and I have seen more than seven words or phrases that have helped me while reading others directions. But the most helpful words that I’ve found very helpful and easy to understand would have to be, completing the perimeter, facing you, the remaining side, directly , parallel, opposite, next step. Those words are very specific not vague such as saying put the 2x10 gray Lego next to that 2x4 red Lego , the reader will not understand and therefore most likely make an error. You want to put it like this; put the 2x10 gray Lego directly next to the 2x4 gray Lego leaving 2x6 open space. Just by adding directly the reading will know exactly where to put it. Completing the perimeter when you include that into your directions the reader will know exactly what you mean. As if you were to say put the last piece next to the red Lego then your done the reader won’t know where or what you mean with that unspecific direction. Opposite that word can be very helpful also by saying opposite the reader will know where to place the object. The remaining side will show the reader where the last section is and where that last piece should go. Next step will tell the reader its time to move on. By using parallel it tells the reader the piece needs to be strictly across going the same way. Facing you is probably one of the most helpful words because it tells the reader that your object needs to be this way at all times so they don’t get confused on witch side each piece is suppose to go.