Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Process Explanations—Planning Guide



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

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

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

  4. Plan and develop graphics. List and describe the graphics you would need in your process explanation in the input box below:

  5. Identify the main steps or phases in the process. List those steps or phases in the input box below:

  6. Discuss each step or phase separately. Characterize the details you would discuss for each step in the input box below:

  7. Identify any other necessary sections. In the input box below, list and describe the other sections that your process explanation would need:

  8. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in this process explanation 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 process explanation:

  10. 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:

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

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

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


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