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TECHNICAL WRITING
Technical writing is the type of written communication most needed on the job. Employers expect the people they hire to be able to write memos, instructions, reports, evaluations, and letters.
Job promotion is also impacted by the employee's skill in oral and written communication.



In this lesson, we are going to learn how to write a technical paper. These are the elements we will include:
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1. Title block – name, date, project, instructor

2. Introduction – statement of purpose of document

3. Abstract/summary – overview of the process
4. Technical details – materials list (Bill of Materials), step-by-step instructions (Plan of Procedure)
5. Discussion and conclusion – reflection after completion of activity



Part One
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Students, working in groups, will produce a video demonstrating the elements of a technical paper. Here are the steps:

1. Watch this instructional video. Your video will be done in the same style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP6CeGLPuOY

2. Create a video script including the 5 elements above. You will be using your smart phones to capture the video in one take. All of the information will be represented by drawings or limited text. Choose the videographer, the narrator, and the group member(s) who will "animate" your artwork and text.

3. Produce your group video. Post your video to the wiki video page.

4. Evaluate the other class videos using the rubric on the wiki rubric page.


Part Two
Each student will produce a technical paper on how to construct the carcase of the drawing shown here.

drawing will go here


1. Create a drawing in paint.net - post to wiki drawing page
2. Complete elements 1, 2, and 3 above
3. Create a Bill of Materials - element 4
4. Compose the Plan of Procedure - element 4