Quick Reference Guide Assignment [email protected] Corey/Messenger Assignments QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. The intent of this assignment is: to make good use of your handbook to develop document design techniques to actively participate in your own learning to develop a personalized reference guide for problem areas Grammar problems, punctuation errors, and confusing words plague all writers. While I recognize that it is impossible to memorize every rule covering such things as formatting letters and memos, grammar usage, citing sources, using appropriate words, and designing documents, I do believe that everyone should know where to find such things. Each of us has particular language weaknesses and areas of communication that need attention, and everyone can benefit from owning a reference guide, especially if it addresses individual areas of concern for any given person. With that in mind, I want you to design and construct a quick reference guide for yourself, which addresses your particular weaknesses. Overview of Assignment: 1. Starting in Week 2, begin to compile a list of topics you wish to learn more about. Consult your handbook for assistance in this topic- gathering project. As you collect this list, be sure to provide the “hows” and “whys” with which you need the most help – i.e. do not just say “paragraphing”; say instead “paragraphs develop the topic sentence and provide discussion to help readers understand my purpose/point.” 2. Once you have gathered the material, you will create your reference guide. 3. Your reference guide should be a minimum of two pages in length, both front and back and provide users (such as yourself) with a quick reference to material you decide is important and needs to be learned (See examples provided). 4. Your reference guide should have a minimum of 4 visual elements. 5. Your reference guide should make use of color – see examples. 6. Your reference guide should be completed, laminated and ready to hand in during week 8. Steps to Take: 1. Review and list your areas of weakness. You may begin to pay attention to subject headings as well. (see examples or use your handbook cover pages for ideas) 2. Browse the handbook for assistance and add to your list or highlight corresponding sections in the handbook. 3. Compile a comprehensive list of topics you wish to learn or reinforce. 4. Select a minimum of 50 items or sets of items. For example: Under the heading Usage – show the difference between affect and effect Under the heading Commas Use – explain a comma splice. See examples/handouts for additional details on this. 5. Arrange general topic headings into a logical order (check the inside covers of your handbook for ideas): order of importance alphabetical order usefulness order you decide 6. Be sure your document is visually appealing and information can be easily located. 7. Your document should have a title, your name, date, and semester.