Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Classification—Planning Guide



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

  2. Define a purpose and audience. Describe the purpose and audience of your classification in the input box below:

  3. Research the topic. List the information sources you've found for this project in the input box below:

  4. Decide on a basis of classification. In the input box below, describe the basis of your classification—in other words, how divide the topic into categories:

  5. Divide the topic into categories. In the input box below, list the categories you'll discuss in your classification:

  6. Write a formal sentence definition of the topic and each of the categories. In the input box below, sketch the formal definitions for your classification—one for each category :

  7. Use the tools for extended definition to discuss the classes. In the input box below, take some notes on which tools for extended definition you'll use to discuss the categories in your classification:

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

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

  10. 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 classification:

  11. Consider adding a conclusion. Take a look at the ideas for conclusions in Chapter 5 of Power Tools for Technical Communication and sketch your ideas for your own in the input box below:

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

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

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