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.
Mechanism / Ballpoint Pen
By Terri Langan
In this learning activity you can practice writing a technical descriptions of a pen.
Mechanism Description: Can Opener
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll write a description of a can opener.
Matching In-Text Documentation to a Works Cited Page
In this learning activity you'll identify correctly formatted MLA citations.
Mini-Lecture: Technical Argument
In this learning activity you'll summarize review key concepts related to arguments and persuasion.
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.
Feasibility Topic Determination
In this learning activity you'll determine appropriate feasibility studies from a list of selected topics.
The Writing Process
By the end of this activity you'll be able to explain the different parts of the basic writing process.
Mechanism Description: Tape Dispenser
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a tape dispenser.
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.
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.
Understanding Your Audience
You'll identify the main characteristics of various audiences when writing a technical document.
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.
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.
In this learning activity you'll review the basic three step writing process used by many writers.
Students read an explanation of plagiarism. They then read examples of student papers and decide if an original work was plagiarized.
Organizing Sentences for a News Release
By Ann Del Ponte
In this learning activity you'll rewrite a news article into a news release.
The student watches a car move through a city and writes directions based on the car's route.
Generating a Questionnaire
Students read an explanation of the use of questionnaires in research. Open-ended and closed-ended questions are defined. Students complete the activity by generating a questionnaire.
Investigation Report Writing
In this learning activity you'll read a police investigation report and click on correct report entries in parentheses.
Overview: Writing Clear "How To" Instructions
By Sandy Eyler
In this learning activity you'll apply directions to follow when writing clear "how-to" instructions.
Mechanism Description: Electric Pencil Sharpener
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of an electric pencil sharpener.
Using Imperatives (Commands)
In this learning object you'll convert descriptive phrases into imperative sentences.