Summary Writing (Screencast)
By David Wehmeyer
In this screencast, 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 Description: Vegetable Peeler
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll write a description of a vegetable peeler and submits it to the instructor.
Organizing Sentences for a News Release
By Ann Del Ponte
In this learning activity you'll rewrite a news article into a news release.
Understanding Your Audience
You'll identify the main characteristics of various audiences when writing a technical document.
Mechanism Description: Stopwatch
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a stopwatch.
By Terri Langan
In this learning activity you'll review the basic three step writing process used by many writers.
Mechanism Description: Tape Dispenser
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a tape dispenser.
Mini-Lecture: Technical Argument
In this learning activity you'll summarize review key concepts related to arguments and persuasion.
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.
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.
Mechanism Description: Electric Pencil Sharpener
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of an electric pencil sharpener.
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.
Mechanism Description: Staple Remover
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a staple remover.
Mechanism Description: Padlock
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a padlock.
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.
Using Imperatives (Commands)
By Sandy Eyler
In this learning object you'll convert descriptive phrases into imperative sentences.
Mechanism / Ballpoint Pen
In this learning activity you can practice writing a technical descriptions of a pen.
Audience Characteristics Chart
In this learning object you'll review information for layman, executive, expert, technician and operator audiences for writing technical publications.
Creating Effective Technical Descriptions
In this learning activity you'll review an introduction and samples of description worksheets. You'll then select an object and complete your own description.
The student watches a car move through a city and writes directions based on the car's route.
Overview: Writing Clear "How To" Instructions
In this learning activity you'll apply directions to follow when writing clear "how-to" instructions.
Mechanism Description: Can Opener
In this learning activity you'll write a description of a can opener.
Students read an explanation of plagiarism. They then read examples of student papers and decide if an original work was plagiarized.
Investigation Report Writing
In this learning activity you'll read a police investigation report and click on correct report entries in parentheses.