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Chapter 8. Reading for Life. pages 528–530. Reading Standard 2.1 Compare and contrast the features and elements of consumer materials to gain meaning from documents (e.g., warranties, contracts, product information, instruction manuals). Reading Standard 2.6 Use information from a

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Reading Standard 2.1

Compare and contrast the features and elements of consumer materials to gain meaning from documents (e.g., warranties, contracts, product information, instruction manuals).

Reading Standard 2.6

Use information from a

variety of consumer,

workplace, and public

documents to explain a

situation or decision and

to solve a problem.

California Reading Standards

Reading Standard 2.5

Understand and explain the use of a complex

mechanical device by

following technical

directions.

workplace documents
Workplace Documents
  • Serve 2 basic functions:
    • Communication: E-mail, memorandums (memos), and reports
      • tell about upcomming meanings, changes in policy, and other info. needed to do your job.
    • Instruction: Employee manuals and user guides.
      • what is expected from you at work or teach how to operate something .
public documents
Public Documents
  • consist of info. concerning public agencies and non-profit groups.
  • Inform people of situations, decisions, responsibilities, schedules, occasions, and events that might interest them.
    • voting issues, health concerns, community decisions
consumer documents
Consumer Documents
  • Consumer- someone who buys something or uses what someone else buys.
  • Consumer documents: give you the information you need to select, purchase, and use your product.
    • product information: tells what the product will do
    • contract: spells out exactly what services will and will not be provided.
    • warranty: that spells out exactly what happens if the computer doesn’t work properly and what you are required to do to receive service
    • instruction manual: tells how to set up and use the computer.
    • technical directions: that give precise technical information about installation and use of product.
read the fine print
Read the Fine Print!!!
  • Product Information: on the box or label is the first place to check to see that the item is really what you want.
    • Does it have all of the features you are looking for?
  • Contracts: define what you are getting, what the cost is, and how long the agreement lasts.
read the fine print7
Read the Fine Print!!!
  • Warranties: guarantee that the product will work for a specified period of time.
  • Instruction Manuals: Informs the consumer on how to install and operate the item properly.
  • Technical directions: often included when an item is complicated or mechanical in nature.
    • Lay out steps to assemble or operate.
works cited
Works Cited
  • information abstracted from:

Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. “Reading for Life,” Holt Literature and Language Arts: Second Course. Austin, Texas. 2003. 528-529.