Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Comparisons—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your comparison. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a situation requiring comparison of two or more items. Describe that project in the input box below:

  2. Choose what to compare. Describe what you plan to compare in the input box below:

  3. Define the purpose and audience for this project. Describe the purpose and audience of your comparison in the input box below:

  4. Do some research. List the information sources you've found for this project in the input box below:

  5. Identify the points of comparison. In the input box below, list the points of comparison you'll use:

  6. Plan how to write each comparative point. In the input box below, take some notes on how you'll write each comparative section:

  7. Plan and develop graphics. List and describe the graphics you would need in your comparison in the input box below:

  8. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in this comparison and briefly describe the contents of those sections:

  9. Plan an introduction. In the input box below, try rough-drafting an introduction in which you indicate the topic and purpose and provide an overview of the rest of the comparison:

  10. Consider adding a conclusion. Take a look at the ideas for conclusions in Chapter 4 of Power Tools for Technical Communication and sketch your ideas for your own in the input box below:

  11. Consider the format. In the input box below, describe the format you'll use for your comparison:

  12. Review and revise your rough draft. When you've written the rough draft of your comparison and reviewed it, use the input box below to describe the problems you find:

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