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essential question

How are instructions made clear or unclear by videos and written manuals, and what is the effect of technical conventions on the outcome or final product? 

final project options

Option One: Skill Based Tutorial

Write the manual and create a tutorial video that teaches an audience how to complete a skill. This could be an amplified, more successful version of a tutorial explored in class or an original skill. With this option, the audience builds confidence or a new direction in a skill. Ideas: Dunking a basketball, multiplying binomials, meditating.

Option Two:  Product Tutorial: Recipe, Craft, Quick-fix

Write the manual and create a tutorial video that teaches an audience how to create, fix, or perfect a product. This could be an amplified, more successful version of a tutorial explored in class or an original product. With this option, the audience physically creates something. Ideas: nail or hair art, pottery, food.

Mastery Standards

text analysis

I can analyze complex ideas and explain the interaction developed throughout the text.

technical writing

I can create examples of clear and easy to understand technical writing. Examples could be creating technical directions, technical writing in science, engineering, design, computer science or mathematics.

digital media & tech integration

I can make and use digital media to create and enhance communication through formal public presentations.

problem solving through inquiry

I can create strong products through the process of inquiry, posing questions that arise from curiosity. The process includes posing of questions, research, focused exploration of ideas, gathering evidence of feedback from others, including peers.

Technical Skill 

I can use specific tools and processes to create well-crafted artwork that is appropriate for the visual communication intended. Student can apply past knowledge and experience to new situations using technical skills learned.


script & outline writing

I can write clear outlines for public speaking and/or planning a script for communication of any type.

clear & coherent writing

I can write clearly through organization and style.

textural evidence

Students cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of accurate/truthful information, bias in the text and  determine where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Fix your sink with Ramen noodles! Can’t dunk? Here’s how! Turn that ripped pair of jeans into a new purse! Cake decorating 101! You can learn almost anything online through quick 5-minute videos by Tasty or Creative Hacks. But does it work? We will put it to the test in the first half of the seminar. Through analyzing and running real tests of online tutorial videos, we will determine the successes and failures to apply to our own online manual and tutorial.


The second half of the seminar, you will be teaching an audience a skill or creation by first writing a technical manual and then filming the process in the style of those we have analyzed. Get ready to get messy while you fail, succeed, and share your talent with the community. Your final projects will be published online so others can learn from you. The subject of the tutorial will be all your own, with support from professionals, so don’t be afraid to choose something you haven’t perfected yet. Fixing a flat bike tire. Jumping rope. Doing hair. The opportunities are endless. What will you teach us?


student projects

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