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Writing Technical Instructions

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Writing Technical Instructions

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Marcea K. Seible

Marcea K. Seible

Waterloo, Iowa

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Sample technical instructions (Manuals, user guides, etc.)

  • Household items for writing instructions

  • Access to computer with Internet connection, Microsoft Word or Publisher, and printer

  • Large white paper (Chart-sized sticky notes work well for hanging items on wall)

  • Digital camera (optional)

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Collect a variety of written technical instructions for household items for students to use to analyze. Try to collect both effective and ineffective examples. Examples are also available online, at the Websites listed in the Resources section. Review the examples to familiarize yourself with their features and effectiveness.

  • Prepare three or four examples of effective and ineffective written technical instructions, using those you gathered or online examples, to be shown on an overhead or a document camera.

  • Make sure students have access to computer labs during sessions two through five.

  • Prepare copies of all handouts for distribution in class.

  • Test the NoteTaker on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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