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How to Create and read Instruction Manuals. Student Objectives. Analyze technical instructions to learn what makes them effective or ineffective for an audience. Analyze and describe the audience for a set of instructions, noting what that audience needs from that document.

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student objectives
Student Objectives
  • Analyze technical instructions to learn what makes them effective or ineffective for an audience.
  • Analyze and describe the audience for a set of instructions, noting what that audience needs from that document.
  • Use document and audience analysis, drafting, peer response/user feedback, and revision to create effective technical instructions.
  • Reflect on their writing process, noting how this assignment will be useful to them in future writing.
what are instructional manuals
What are Instructional Manuals?
  • When did you last read a manual?
  • From your own experience, how helpful were they?
  • What parts were difficult?
  • What did you do if you had trouble understanding the instructions? Or, what did you do if your product stopped working properly?
  • Write your answers on a piece of paper and be prepared to share out.
analyzing technical instructions
Analyzing Technical Instructions
  • Analyzing Technical Instructions
  • You will see a set of technical instructions. As a group, analyze your set of instructions for the following items. Take notes as you discuss.
  • 1. Audience: Who is the audience for the instructions? How do you know?
  • 2. Purpose: What are the instructions helping the audience do or create?
  • 3. Rate Instructions—Easy vs. Difficult: Are these instructions easy for the audience to use? Why or Why not?
  • 4. Effective vs. Ineffective Elements: Identify both good and bad parts of instructions.
  • 5. Visual Appeal: How does the set of instructions look? What about its the look and design that is effective or ineffective for the audience?
  • 6. Language: What kind of language does the document use? Is it appropriate for the audience? Give examples.
effective vs ineffective
Effective vs. Ineffective
  • Share out your answers for each of the manuals.
  • Which one was more effective than the other?
  • What made them effective?
  • What made them difficult?
  • What could you have done better if you were in charge of writing a manual?
writing instructional manuals
Writing Instructional Manuals
  • technical writing tips
  • http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/technical/instructions/tips.htm
small group activity
Small Group Activity
  • In your group you will be creating instructions for one of the following tasks:
  • How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • How to ride a bicycle
  • How to download a song from your iPod
  • Include 3 trouble shooting tips
  • You have 10 min. to create your directions:
  • *Remember*
  • Create detailed chronological order directions that ANYONE can follow
homework i ndividual a ssignment
Homework (Individual Assignment)
  • Put the following on Your Desk
    • The Manual of one product that you use on a regular basis
    • The Planning Sheet and the Visually Drafting Sheet
    • The Product Manual Rubric AND your Poster Board
  • You will be creating a small product manual poster Due: Tuesday
  • Remember to include:
    • visuals
    • 10 trouble shooting tips
    • Chronological detailed step by step instructions
extra credit opportunity
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY
  • Along with the product manual poster, you will create a short power point about your favorite food recipe. (slide count is up to you)
  • Write the recipe and its steps.
    • Include 5 trouble shooting tips in case someone makes a mistake while cooking, or if they are not able to find an ingredient.
  • Include a video or photos of yourself following the recipe
  • Bring your final product to class to share!
  • Tips:
    • Watch your favorite cooking show on TV or youtube
    • Notice how they break things down step by step and see if they include trouble shooting techniques in case you do something wrong or don’t have an ingredient.
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