2P 2014: Technical Writing, or How to Write Instructions

Today, you will attempt to write instructions for a simple task that you know how to do. The task can be anything that has multiple steps. Here are some possibilities:

  • how to tie your shoes
  • how to download an app
  • how to apply makeup
  • how to draw a human figure
  • how to make kraft dinner

Everyone, including those who completed a set of instructions yesterday, must create a new set of instructions today. Whatever option you choose, please make sure that you:

  • include at least 7 steps (does this seem like a lot? Think of all of the small steps you may have missed…)
  • break down each step clearly and effectively
  • use direct languages and short sentences. This is not the time for long, descriptive sentences; still, remember that you still have to fully explain the steps!

Before you begin, let’s have those students who completed a set of instructions yesterday present their work. As you listen, think carefully about any steps they may have missed; if you think they missed a step, let them know!

Once everyone has finished their set of instructions, you will find a partner and share your work. Remember to give clear and specific feedback to your partner; did they include the points listed above?




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