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Ch 3: Writing Technical Documents Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Writing Technical Documents chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the rules for constructing effective and coherent technical documents. 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 Writing Technical Documents 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 Connecting with Your Audience Through Writing;
Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message;
Selecting the Best Words for Your Message
The importance of knowing and appealing to the target audience;
How personality and attitude are expressed through a message's voice and tone;
Strategies for choosing appropriate words
Tuesday Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication;
Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication
Rules for avoiding the use of inappropriate and discriminatory language in business communication;
Writing concise sentences that are easy to understand
Wednesday Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication;
Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication
The necessity of using good sentence structure in professional writing;
The transitions, topic sentence and supporting sentences of a coherent paragraph
Thursday Structuring and Organizing Your Message;
Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint and Detail
Several methods for structuring a message;
The importance of elements such as typeface and margins to a message's visual appeal
Friday Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences;
Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing
Techniques for writing balanced sentences;
Using the same style of grammar and form when writing technical documents

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Writing Technical Documents Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

1. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.

Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

2. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.

Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

3. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

4. Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

In this lesson, you'll learn the importance of avoiding discriminatory language in business communication. We will look at why it is essential to use the correct word choices when discussing gender, age, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

5. Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

The use of active verbs and an active voice in business writing will allow you to create communication that is clear, direct and easy to understand. Passive voice should be avoided as it can cause confusion and misunderstanding in your messages.

Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

6. Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

Business writing hinges on the ability to craft well-developed sentences. Learn about four different types of sentence structures that can be used to build a professional, well-received message.

Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

7. Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

Employers view the ability to write effectively as a necessary skill. Crafting strong and coherent paragraphs in business communications allows a message to reach the intended receiver effectively.

Structuring and Organizing Your Message

8. Structuring and Organizing Your Message

In order to build an effective business message, it is important to structure your communication so that the receiver understands the flow of ideas. This lesson explains six different formats to consider when writing your message.

Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

9. Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

The visual design of your message is critical to the successful delivery of your ideas. Consistency, balance, restraint and detail are the four key areas that need to be addressed to allow a professional impression of your work.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

10. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

11. Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

It is important to use parallel structure in order to create clear and concise technical writing. This video defines parallel structure, provides examples of correct and incorrect parallel structure, and shows how parallel structure might look in different forms of technical writing.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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