Process Discussion Planning Guide
This guide contains requirement for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:
- Planning process
Requirements for the Process Writing Project
For this writing project, you write about a process—a mechanical, natural, biological, social, or psychological process. Your goal in this project is to enable readers to understand how the process occurs and what enables the process to occur. Your process discussion can be no longer than one page (singlespaced), two pages (doublespaced). If you really get into it, I can handle more.
Here are the requirements for the process discussion:
- To get started on this project, read the section on process discussions in the online textbook.
- Select a natural, mechanical, or social process whose technical aspects you can discuss. Use this example as a model. Notice that it uses headings, graphics, citation of borrowed information sources, and a bibliography. Use can see other examples at examples.
- Define an audience for this process discussion in terms of its background, knowledge, and needs for the description. Append this audience description as a footnote to your process discussion.
- Divide this process into steps or phases, and discuss each one sequentially.
- In the introduction to this process discussion, provide a formal sentence definition of the process you are discussing and provide a list of the steps or phases you'll discuss.
- Discuss each step or phase in its own sentence, sentences, or paragraph.
- Use the list format as presented in the chapter on lists. This is a requirement.
- Be sure to use short definitions and formal sentence definitions as necessary to define any potentially unfamiliar terms that occur in this process discussion. See the chapter on definitions.
- Optionally (you have not studied headings yet), use headings and subheadings to mark off the different sections of this process discussion. See the chapter on headings.
- Optionally, include at least one photocopied, traced, or hand-drawn illustration of the thing you describe. Indicate the source (if the graphic is not yours) and provide a figure caption with descriptive title using the guidelines provided by the graphics chapter and the documentation chapter in the online textbook.
- Be sure to document any borrowed information (including graphics) that you use in this process discussion. See the documentation chapter in the online textbook.
- As with all writing projects in this course, be sure to use the standards of good writing on this process discussion. Of course!
- Name your file with your handle and _proc, for example, davidmc_proc.docx.
Note: To be safe, keep a safe copy of this and all other assignments. Expect to receive confirmation from your instructor that your files have been received. If you don't receive e-mail confirmation in 3 or 4 days, get in touch with your instructor.
Before you turn this writing project in, scan it for these errors which you studied at the beginning of semester:
- Comma splices
- Pronoun-reference agreement
- Introductory element commas
- Compound sentence commas
- Compound predicate commas
Planning a Process Writing Project
Use this planner to define the key details for your technical process discussion (it is not required). When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).