Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Instructions—Planning Guide



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

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

  3. Define the tasks. In the input box below, list the tasks you'll provide instructions for:

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

  5. List the equipment and supplies needed. In the input box below, take some notes on equipment and supplies that your readers will need to perform your instructions:

  6. Plan the special notices. In the input box below, discuss the note, caution, warning, and danger notices you will need in these instructions:

  7. Plan the highlighting scheme. In the input box below, discuss whether you'll need to use highlighting in these instructions and what highlighting scheme you'll use:

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

  9. Consider terminology. Think about key actions and objects and decide on the terms you'll use for those. List them in the input box below:

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

  11. 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 instructions:

  12. Consider adding a conclusion. Take a look at the ideas for conclusions in Chapter 2 of Power Tools for Technical Communication and sketch your ideas for your own in the input box below:

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

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

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