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4.2 Writing in the Technical Subjects in the 21st Century

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Students in technical subjects who are college and career ready understand and are able to write not only the written word, but also in combination with, or at times only in discipline-specific technical notation, graphics, images, or symbol systems to communicate. Choose one or two of the examples of different forms of "writing" in the areas of dance, design, music, and engineering to get a better understanding of this concept.


Read a Good Dance Lately?

Music Symbols

Stage Design Plans

Engineering Schematics

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As the advent of new technologies has expanded forms of written communication beyond the printed linear written text, expectations for students to be able to function in the 21st Century, demanding wider abilities to write, read, and think in nonlinear systems have increased. Explore the nonlinear world through these various writing assignments.

A nonlinear writing assignment: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Course Ware (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. The following link includes activities and assignments from the course: Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice.

Additional teaching resources on visual literacy and nonlinear writing can be found, on the International Visual Literacy Association Web site, which is dedicated to research, study, and publication of visual literacy.