Writing Smaples





The goal of the technical documents was to create a system for users to reference when creating and using an Astrolabe. This included using principles of hierarchy, chunking, and illustrations in partnership with technical writing to develop the description and the instruction set.

To understand what makes a good technical document I first gathered examples. To understand my user base I developed a persona. The persona, a Bachelor of Astronomy student, was then used to determine the features of the documents. I separately prototyped each document using hierarchy through text, effective language, chunking, and labelling with glosses. Affinity diagrams were created for the persona, the instruction set, and the technical description. They were then linked together focusing on the persona’s needs. To determine how the astrolabe is built and how it works, I built one and tested it while documenting the tasks. As a final test to ensure usability I had a student that closely replicated the persona test it.

Technical document for an Astrolabe



The goal of this paper was to perform a rhetorical analysis of how interpretation supports the argument using three different articles. Then write an enthymeme paper that backs the position.

To gather my evidence and increase my understanding of the topic I read five papers that made various arguments about interpretation. Although these used different examples and took different stances they each had common points. These common points were placed on a grid to compare and contrast. I selected the strongest arguments that worked together and drafted the enthymeme. An enthymeme, the strongest form of proof, convince the reader by presenting a major premise, that leverages a minor premise known by society and then presents a conclusion. This was done for each of the three common points to make up the paragraphs and convince the reader.

Rhetorical analysis sample