By David Wehmeyer
Students demonstrate an understanding of summary writing by reading step-by-step instructions and then summarizing short paragraphs. Examples of summaries that are poorly written, as well as those that are written well, are included.
Matching In-Text Documentation to a Works Cited Page
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll identify correctly formatted MLA citations.
The Writing Process
By Terri Langan
By the end of this activity you'll be able to explain the different parts of the basic writing process.
Mechanism / Ballpoint Pen
In this learning activity you can practice writing a technical descriptions of a pen.
Mechanism Description: Can Opener
In this learning activity you'll write a description of a can opener.
Investigation Report Writing
In this learning activity you'll read a police investigation report and click on correct report entries in parentheses.
Evaluating Sources for the Technical Research Report
Students view information taken from various sources and decide if the material is acceptable for a technical research report. After choosing whether or not the source material is acceptable, the students read an explanation from the instructor.
Feasibility Topic Determination
In this learning activity you'll determine appropriate feasibility studies from a list of selected topics.
Mini-Lecture: Technical Argument
In this learning activity you'll summarize review key concepts related to arguments and persuasion.
Mechanism Description: Tape Dispenser
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a tape dispenser.
Students read guidelines for document design, format, and layout. They then type sentences into a textbox and use the techniques discussed to produce a well-designed document.
Students read an explanation of plagiarism. They then read examples of student papers and decide if an original work was plagiarized.
Audience Characteristics Chart
In this learning object you'll review information for layman, executive, expert, technician and operator audiences for writing technical publications.
Mechanism Description: Staple Remover
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a staple remover.
Documenting Sources Using MLA Format
In this exercise, students read a list of sources used in a research report. They follow MLA guidelines to write parenthetical references and to compile a Works Cited page.
Understanding Your Audience
You'll identify the main characteristics of various audiences when writing a technical document.
Organizing Sentences for a News Release
By Ann Del Ponte
In this learning activity you'll rewrite a news article into a news release.
Mechanism Description: Padlock
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a padlock.
Mechanism Description: Electric Pencil Sharpener
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of an electric pencil sharpener.
Mechanism Description: Stopwatch
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a stopwatch.
Creating Appropriate Graphics - Memo or Fax
In this learning activity you'll interpret phone messages to create a fax or a memo.
Using Imperatives (Commands)
By Sandy Eyler
In this learning object you'll convert descriptive phrases into imperative sentences.
The student watches a car move through a city and writes directions based on the car's route.
In this learning activity you'll review the basic three step writing process used by many writers.
Overview: Writing Clear "How To" Instructions
In this learning activity you'll apply directions to follow when writing clear "how-to" instructions.