Technical Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the process for technical writing? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key points about technical writing. An activity prepares students for technical writing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'technical writing'
  • list the steps in technical writing

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.3

Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Photocopies of the transcript from the video lesson
  • Highlighters

Instructions

  • Write the following term on the board: 'technical'.
    • What does 'technical' mean?
    • Can writing be technical? Why or why not?
  • Play the video lesson The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting, pausing it at 1:16.
    • Do we need a plan for writing notes to our friends? Why or why not?
    • Do we need a plan for writing a research paper? Why or why not?
    • How many of you have used technical writing? What was the process like?
  • Play the video lesson again, pausing it at 5:06.
    • What is prewriting?
    • Why is prewriting critical in technical writing?
    • How many of you have tried prewriting? What strategies did you use in the process?
  • Play the video lesson. Pause it at 7:55.
    • Why isn't writing the first step in technical writing?
    • How can a solid organization plan make writing easier?
    • How can formatting be used effectively in the writing process?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • Why is rewriting important in technical writing?
  • Review key points about technical writing as presented in the video lesson before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the class with each student receiving one copy.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class as students self-check their papers.

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