Hypertext: rethinking the roles of writer and reader
Overview | Purpose
| Learning about Hypertext |
Sharing the Experience | Writing
Hypertext | Proofreading & Revising
| Publishing Your Work |
Evaluating the Assignment | Lesson Calendar
| "What is Hypertext?" |
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us learned to read by following symbols (letters and words) on a page
of paper that we eventually combined to create meaning. Since then,
reading has generally meant understanding words on paper. In the same
way, writing was something we generally produced on paper, either with
pen or pencil or typewriter or through computer and printer.
(and hypertext) has changed this concept of reading and writing. It
is important for us to understand this change as we venture into the
hypertext world. It is not only the transformation from paper to digital
media that has changed, the relationship between writer and reader has
also changed in a dramatic way.
purpose of this lesson is
you understand what hypertext is
you understand the change in the relationship between writer and
reader (and the text)
you in your role as hypertext reader and writer
this lesson will help you
and follow directions carefully
your web page skills
transitions into your writing
and revise your writing
that follow require your careful attention.
a hypertext essay about
hypertext (This link opens in its own window; toggle it with this
window to stay on track).
at least five hyperlinks in the essay.
Answer the following
seven questions in a Word document that you save in your home directory
(CE9 folder). File name suggestion: hypertext assignment. Use complete
sentences and spell check this assignment. You will be emailing
this document to your teacher when you are finished. The
subject line should be "hypertext." Check your
semester calendar for the due date.
is hypertext (define it)?
is it different from papertext (books, newspapers, magazines,
challenges does hypertext present for the reader?
challenges does hypertext present for the writer?
are things you should consider when you are creating hyperlinks
in your text?
can being a reader of hypertext help you be a good writer of
How was your experience
reading the essay on hypertext similar
or different from your CyberPartner's experience? Use the
information you get in the email he/she sends you to make the
comparison. This part should be one to two paragraphs. Be specific
about what was similar or different. Use
transitions to link ideas in this paragraph.
more about hypertext (an advanced option):
of the sites listed above are written above 9th grade reading level,
but if you look carefully, you will find parts that you understand.
Look for key words and ideas.
your experience helps you understand one of the main aspects of hypertext:
not everyone reads it the same way. Reading hypertext is based on individual
needs and we tend to read hypertext in a non-linear way.
you have read the essay about hypertext and visited five hyperlinks,
write to your cyber
partner about the five sites you visited.
Tell about what sites you chose, why you chose them, what you learned
there or what was interesting, boring, etc. about the sites. [Question
suggestions: to help you write this note to your cyber partner].
your note in Word and then send it as an attachment in an email.
in a timely manner, please. If you do not, your cyber partner will
not be able to proceed with question #7 in his/her hypertext assignment.
Continue with your assignment
as described above.
a hypertext paragraph:
Learn to write hypertext
by doing it.
Find the table following
these directions and choose a paragraph topic.
Next, save a Word document
(file name suggestion: hypertext paragraph) in your CE9 folder and
use this file for composing.
Then begin writing,
keeping the things you learned about writing hypertext in mind.
As you write, consider your audience.
As you write, think
about what concepts, words, etc. will be good to turn into hyperlinks.
Will you link to definitions in a dictionary, related sites, or
three hyperlinks in your text. (You may not create hyperlinks
to sites that are already in the "What is Hypertext" essay;
exception is Dictionary.com, but you'd go to a different word).
Also, DO NOT create your hyperlinks in your Word document (yes,
it's possible, but don't do it). Create your hyperlinks in FrontPage.
More about hyperlinks
- Review the purposes for links:
- to add information
- to clarify an idea
- to extend understanding
- to make connections to
similar ideas or topics
- Integrate your links into
your text. Write first, then select text to make into a hypertext.
Links are generally not more than three words long. Never
just plop in a URL.
- Always test your links by
using preview in browser.
Remember a well developed
paragraph has concrete details: examples, reasons, a story to illustrate,
etc. If your paragraph is too short, it will not be well developed.
Give your paragraph
to write about?
further one of the topics presented in the essay on hypertext. For
example, you may want to know more about aeries.
a sport or a community activity you're involved in.
a vacation you took recently. Or investigate a place you'd like
to visit someday and write about that.
someone to donate money to the Red Cross.
someone to volunteer at the humane society, a nursing home, or some
other community place.
your peers that good choices now will bring benefits later (choices
regarding health, education, etc.).
and revising your work:
your Falcon Skills and Style Handbook
a spell checker (you must make decisions about what is right
or not right).
your CyberPartner to read your draft (optional).
your hypertext paragraph:
- After proofreading
and revising your paragraph, publish it on your web site. Be sure
that you read the following directions:
a new page for this assignment. File name suggestion: hypertext.htm
- Follow format
expectations for setting up the page for an essay. You will not
have to add the information for citing sources as shown at the
- You should copy
the text from your Word document and paste it into the table you
create in FrontPage.
- Put a link to
your hypertext.htm page on your webfolio page. Use your title
to make the link.
the assignment: Check the grading
rubric to see how you measure up.
Check your teacher's
semester calendar for exact dates. Review directions above often to
make sure you are meeting all requirements.
Day one: Begin Hypertext
assignment. Read directions and begin.
Day two: Write your note to email to your cyber
partner; review the directions.
Day three: Work day
Day four: Finish answering the questions and email it to hand
Day five: Write your hypertext paragraph.
Day six: Finish and publish your hypertext paragraph.
Another way to look
at how to proceed:
- Read the hypertext essay.
- Write your response for your cyber
partner using the suggested questions.
- While you are waiting for your cyber
partner's response, begin the assignment that you will email your
- Then answer number 7 using your cyber
partner's response. Email your assignment to your teacher.
- Begin your hypertext paragraph.
- Finish and publish your hypertext
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