Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Extended Definitions—Planning Guide



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

  2. Define the purpose and audience for this project. Describe the purpose and audience of your extended definition in the input box below:

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

  4. Write the formal sentence definition. In the input box below, sketch the formal sentence definition you'll use:

  5. Choose the tools for extended definition. In the input box below, list the tools for definition and how you'll use them in your extended definition :

  6. Plan and develop graphics. List and describe the graphics you would need in your extended definition in the input box below:

  7. Organize the sections of your extended definition. In the input box below, make a tentative outline-style list of the sections you'll have in your extended definition:

  8. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in this extended definition 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 extended definition:

  10. 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:

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

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

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