Ch 4: Technical Editing & Rewriting Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Technical Editing and Rewriting chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about topics such as proofreading and grammatical correctness. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Technical Editing and Rewriting chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Clarity in technical communication Using words that are easy to understand and discussing the implications of unclear communication; spatial, importance, chronological and other organizational patterns; verifying facts to ensure the correctness of information
Tuesday Proofreading, conciseness and revisions Techniques for effective proofreading; eliminating excess words; improving readability when errors are found in writing
Wednesday Achieving completeness The importance of including adequate details and citing sources; writing concise, well-structured sentences; structuring a technical document by including headings, a table of contents, subheadings and other sections
Thursday Achieving unity and following up on your message Methods for achieving unity in your technical documents; the importance of following up to ensure that communication was clear
Friday Using technology and the importance of good feedback The usefulness of word processors to construct a professional document; the necessity of constructive commentary and how to provide it

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: Technical Editing & Rewriting Lesson Plans
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Achieving Clarity in Technical Communication

1. Achieving Clarity in Technical Communication

A lack of clarity in technical documents can lead to confusion and costly mistakes. This video provides tips on how to achieve clarity in technical documents.

Organizing Technical Communication for Clarity

2. Organizing Technical Communication for Clarity

People look for patterns in nature, life, and writing. This video explains the importance of using an organizational pattern in technical writing and provides examples of five organizational patterns.

Grammatical & Contextual Correctness in Technical Communication

3. Grammatical & Contextual Correctness in Technical Communication

One of the most important jobs of a technical writer is to make sure that the information published is accurate. This video provides tips to ensure that your documents are grammatically and contextually correct.

Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

4. Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

One of the final stages of completing a business message is to proofread the communication for spelling, grammar, accuracy and clarity by completing different review options. Learn how to proofread in this lesson.

Simplifying for Conciseness in Technical Communication

5. Simplifying for Conciseness in Technical Communication

Documents that are long and wordy are difficult to comprehend and often end up not being read completely through. This video provides strategies for keeping technical documents concise.

Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

6. Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

The three parts of producing a message are planning, writing, and completing. In the completing stage, it is crucial for business writers to examine their message for errors, conciseness, and readability.

Achieving Completeness in Technical Communication

7. Achieving Completeness in Technical Communication

Once you've finished writing a technical document, you need to make sure that the information is usable and accurate. This video provides tips on how to make your documents textually and visually complete.

Ensuring that Technical Documents Are Easily Understood

8. Ensuring that Technical Documents Are Easily Understood

In order for our audience to comprehend and act on the information we write, they have to be able to clearly understand what our document says. This video provides tips on how to ensure that our technical documents can be easily understood.

Sequence in Technical Documents

9. Sequence in Technical Documents

Arranging your information in a particular order will help emphasize the points you want to make in technical documents. This video provides tips for creating a clear sequence in technical writing.

Organization in Technical Documents

10. Organization in Technical Documents

In order for our readers to understand what we are trying to communicate, we must effectively organize our information. This video provides tips on how to organize writing for technical documents.

Achieving Unity in Technical Writing

11. Achieving Unity in Technical Writing

Keeping a document focused on one subject will help improve your audience's ability to comprehend your message. This video contains strategies to help keep your document unified.

The Importance of Message Follow-Up

12. The Importance of Message Follow-Up

Business communications depends on excellent writing and good message follow-up. In order to get a response for feedback, comments, information or purchase orders there are some suggestions to follow to have a successful result.

Using Technology to Help Compose Your Message: Formatting & Effectiveness

13. Using Technology to Help Compose Your Message: Formatting & Effectiveness

An important skill for individuals to develop for the work place is the ability to use technology to compose messages. Word processing software can help improve formatting and the overall effectiveness of your message.

Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

14. Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback in a work environment allows individuals to understand how they are performing in their job. There are suggestions that individuals can follow to better understand how to deal with criticism.

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