Nature Hike!

I just created instructions on the best nature hike in Waco, Texas. Attached is the link to the instructions. http://snp.gd/tbcj5q

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Critique #2 Postmortem

This writing assignment was allot less time consuming than the first major critique. I also gained interest as I was reading the essay I critiqued, which did not happen in the first major critique. With this writing assignment I felt like my thoughts were organized a little bit better than with the first assignment. I started reading the essay last night and I actually wrote the essay this morning. I completed the essay this morning and it took me about an hour to do so. This time frame was allot smaller than the time frame for previous papers. With previous papers I take my time because I felt as if I had nothing to say, but with this paper I felt like I had more to say about the subject of the paper. What surprised me about doing this writing assignment was how I felt when I finished the assignment. I was dissatisfied with the amount of writing I had done. I actually wished I was able to write more, but due to the length constraint, I was not able to do so. The hardest part about the assignment was condensing my paper into specific points and summaries that could all fit on one page. The easiest part about the assignment was actually writing the paper. I knew what I had to say during and after reading the essay. The process by which I proofread and copyedited my paper involved writing different versions of what I had to say, and making sure the right point of view was used. On the final critique assignment I would try to start earlier. Although the whole process was done in a short time frame, I could have had more time to rest and work on other assignments if I had not waited until the last minute to work on this assignment. Regarding staying the same, I would keep an optimistic attitude towards the assignment. I was more optimistic about reading the essay than I usually am about essays, which resulted in me enjoying the essay. I would tell someone attempting to do this essay to go into the process with a positive attitude and start on it earlier.

Proposal for MWA #3

After living in Waco for about four years I have come to learn some information about the Baylor and Waco environments. I would like to discuss three different tours that anyone could take in the Baylor and Waco communities.

The first tour is a tour of the best resale shops in Waco. Resale shops provide consumers on a budget with gently used items that could last a long time. The tour would include the Goodwill on New Rd., Plato’s Closet on Franklin Rd., Anna’s Exchange in the Central Texas Marketplace, and the Goodwill on La Salle Ave. In each of these stores the amount of products range from shoes and clothes to furniture and books. For the thrifty shopper in Waco, these are the places to go. This tour would also require a car.

The second tour is a tour of the best nature hike in Waco. The tour includes walking across the suspension bridge, walking along the Brazos River, hiking up Jacob’s ladder, hiking around Cameron Park, and hiking to Cameron Park Zoo. The tour would include seeing some of the natural beauty and architecture of Waco. The tour could be taken by car or foot, the option is up to the traveler.

The third tour is designed for people without a car or who enjoy walking. The tour would be a tour of the best fountains on the campus of Baylor University. The tour would consist of viewing the fountains located by the Armstrong Browning Library, the Vera Martin Daniel Plaza, Brooks Residential College, North Village, and between the Student Life Center and Baylor Science Building. If you are willing to get a little wet, you can actually run through the fountains located in between the Student Life Center and Baylor Science Building. Located below is a poll to vote on the tour of your choice.

Good & Bad Instructions

Sometimes there are good and bad instructions. Many factors determine whether the instructions are good and whether they are bad. Some of the factors will be discussed in determining if the two examples of instructions are either good or bad. The first example is from snapguide.com and it is a set of instructions on “How to Fold a Napkin Like a Rose.” The instructions begin with the a picture of the final product, which shows what the napkin should look like at the end of the instructions. The materials are not clearly defined, and the instructee can only assume from the picture of the final product what materials might be needed. Along with the materials not being clearly defined, the tools and other supplies are not clearly defined, further confusing the person following the instructions on what is all needed. There is no indication of how long the actual process will take, but just that it will be ten steps to complete the task. It can be inferred through the pictures that the activity is a solo activity, and the author speaks in second person point-of-view to imply one person. The author of the instructions also does not tell about a person having to do something while another person does something else, which also implies that it is a solo activity. The steps are chronologically in order, which reduces confusing among how to fold the napkin. The steps are concise, but not necessarily clear. Throughout the instructions the author tells what to do, but not how to do it. In doing so, the reader has to look at the pictures to figure out how to complete the step(s). There are no safety warnings stated, but they are not necessary. Also, there are no age requirements stated. There are allot of visual aids and no audiovisual aids in the instructions. There is one visual aid for every step, and they are very beneficial in the instruction process. Overall the instructions are not so well written because of the lack of information prior to starting the actual folding and the effectiveness of the actual steps.

The other example of a set of instructions is from instructables.com and it is about making bulb plants. The final product is clearly defined with a picture of it and a description of its contribution to earth. The first step involves clearly defining the materials, tool, and other supplies needed to complete the task. There is no indication of how long the process will take, but just that it will take five steps to complete the task. There also is no indication of how many people will be required to complete the task, but by the pictures, there is only one set of hands doing all of the work, implying only one person is needed to complete the task. The steps are in a logical sequence and they are clear and as concise as they can be. There are safety warnings located throughout the instructions. There are no age requirements, but there should be considering the actual mechanics of lightbulbs. There are plenty of visual aids and no audiovisual aids. The bulb plants instructions can be classified as well written instructions.

Major Writing Assignment #2 Postmortem

This writing assignment compared to the first major writing assignment in subject of content. Both assignments contained an analysis of something and both assignments were the same length. One thing that was different was the amount of time taken to write this assignment and the amount of actual writing done in this assignment. Since this assignment was an analysis of a website, the paper included snapshots of webpages. This assignment was also easier then the last assignment. I felt myself trying to find something to say in the previous writing assignment, and in this assignment I found myself already knowing what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. I started this assignment about a month ago and finished it early this morning. The time frame given to actually complete this assignment was a lot longer than most previous papers, but the actual time I took to complete this assignment was smaller than most previous papers. Usually it takes me several days to complete a writing because I simply do not want to write a paper, but with this writing I was able to finish it in a few hours. It is not because I had to turn it in in a certain time, it was because I was allot more organized than with my previous writngs. Another thing that helped was that I was really interested in what I was writing about. Something that surprised me about this writing was the actual process I took to organize what I wanted to write about. I was able to sit down and focus on what I wanted to explain about the website, and what my response was going to be towards the website. The hardest part about this writing was actually taking the time to write the paper, and the easiest part was knowing what exactly I wanted to talk about. The process by which I proofread and copyedited my paper was to read what I wrote, and to have someone read what I wrote. One thing I will make sure to do on the next writing assignment is to finish the paper earlier. I managed to start the paper earlier, but I was not able to finish it as early as I expected. One thing I will make sure to do the same is to organize my thoughts before I write the paper. For someone attempting to do this assignment for the first time, I would tell them to make sure the website that they are talking about is a website they have used many times and is very interested in.