Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Description—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your description. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a simple project involving description. In the input box below, take some notes on what you are planning to describe:

  2. Define the purpose and audience for the project. Explain the audience and purpose of your description in the input box below:

  3. Plan and develop graphics. In the input box below, take notes on the graphics you think you would need in your description:

  4. Identify the parts and subparts. In the input box below, make a list of the parts (and subparts) you'd need to describe:

  5. Plan the overall description. In the input box below, take some notes on what you'd include in the overall description of the thing you are writing about:

  6. List the headings. If your description is going to be more than two or three paragraphs, list the headings you'd use:

  7. Select the sources of description. In the input box below, list the sources of description you think you'd use for each part:

  8. Plan an introduction. In the input box below, sketch your ideas for the introduction to your description:

  9. Consider the format. In the input box below, describe the overall format you'll use:

Your name:
E-mail this planning information to me:
E-mail this planning information to my instructor:


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