NMAC 3108/Fall 2020/Lessons/4

From Gerald R. Lucas

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September 16 – September 29: POV and Audience; Editing Week
In this lesson, we will complete our remediation project on The Mailer Review. We’ll also consider the ethics of presentation and visual style.

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We have come to the end of our first project: we’ll make our final edits to our remediation projects. As a part of this, you will have the opportunity to check each other’s work and earn a few extra-credit points (see below).

We will also learn about voice and point-of-view in writing, specifically the neutral pov required by Wikipedia, and the importance of considering the needs of your audience, or users, in writing for digital media. Who is your audience when writing on Wikipedia? How do you ethically serve it? How is credibility established on Wikipedia? Wikipedia provides some guidance here: you should assume a broad background of readers who may know nothing of the subject, but want to learn. How, then, do you make an article accessible and comprehensive? You can begin answering these questions by learning as much as you can about your topic. This means: research.

Lesson Instructions and Explanation

Generally to avoid confusion, I have tried to make all lessons work the same way. Each lesson will have its weekly section presented in a chart. Work your way from left to right. Open links in tabs, so you don’t lose track of this page.


This is the date this sections’s work is due. Complete everything in the row before 11:59:59 pm on this date.


These are the readings for this section. Read them carefully, taking notes as you do. I recommend reading from a book or on paper, as you can highlight an annotate as you progress. This will help you in the next sections.


This section will usually be a reading quiz on what you just read, so be sure to take it while the reading is fresh in your mind. However, it may also include other assignments or activities that must be accomplished.


Most writing will be on the class forum. This section will contain instructions and guidance for completing your writing. Often, this will link to a series of discussion prompts for the text you’re reading. Choose one prompt, or thread, to answer, or create your own post (especially if there are none there you can or want to respond to) by clicking + New Topic. I’m looking for your engagement here, so aim for a single longish post and a shorter response to someone else’s post. Using secondary sources correctly for support will always earn you more points. Be sure you’re following the conventions outlined in Writing in the Liberal Arts and the guidelines in Academic Forum Posts.


The test will be the last activity. It will test your knowledge of the entire lesson’s materials. Take this only after you have accomplished everything else in the lesson. The idea here is that you show me what you learned about the all of the lesson’s material. Please write in complete sentences and give enough detail to answer the questions. Your answers should convince me that you have learned and thought about the materials.

Due Read Do Write Test
Quiz Respond -
  • Editing Week — see note below.
  • Carroll, chapter 6 “Knowing and (Ethically) Serving Your Audience”
  • Wikipedia:Manual of Style (you needn’t read this verbatim, but begin to familiarize yourself with it)
Quiz Create your user profile on Project Mailer. Write a short, professional bio. Test

 A note on remediation evaluation: You should have your remediation articles complete by 09/28. The week of 9/23–9/29 will be editing week. You should not edit your own article this week, but choose at least one other article to proof and copyedit for errors. Our goal as an editorial team is to eliminate 100% of errors from our remediated articles. For each error you eliminate in another article, you gain 1 point for your final project. Fix as many errors as you can on as many articles as you have time for. Our class goal is to completely remediate Volume 2. We should not stop until that goal is achieved.

Each article/editor will begin with 100 points for his/her project. For every error I see (formatting, coding, typos, etc.) and have to fix after 09/29, it loses 2 points.

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