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Sample Course Exercises
The following links will take you to samples of several of the exercises, some created by and with the permission of past students of Technical Writing classes. Use these as models for your own exercises and samples of the organizational and stylistic principles discussed in the related chapters of Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach.
Exercise 1 – Writing For Employment: The Letter of Application, Experiential Résumé, Skills Résumé, and Scannable Résumé (Project 1, page 687)
Exercise 2 – Description (Partitioning an Object) (Exercise 3, page 255)
Exercise 3 – Description (Segmenting a Procedure) (Exercise 5, page 255)
See samples in Chapter 3.
Exercise 4 – Writing a Letter of Inquiry, Letter of Thanks, Letter of Introduction (see instructions on the website)
Exercise 5 – Writing Memos: Announcing a Meeting, Comparing Two Options, Reporting Results (see instructions on the website)
Model Memorandum Announcing a Meeting
Model Memorandum Comparing Two Options
Model Memorandum Reporting Results
Exercise 6 – Writing E-mail: Submitting an Assignment, Requesting a Letter of Support, Forwarding a Document (see instructions on the website)
Exercise 7 – Writing a Proposal (Project 8, page, 693)
Model Proposal for a Working Environment Change
– The Writer’s
Style (Low-Information Content/Expressions,
Exercise 9 – An Informational Page (Project 3, page 689)
See samples in Chapter 9.
Exercise 10 – Writing a Proposal: “Re-visioning” a Communication (Project 8, page, 693)
Exercise 11 – The User Manual (see instructions on the website)
Exercise 12 – The PowerPoint Outline (see instructions on the website)
Exercise 13 – Review of Your Work: Submission of required revisions and late work.
Additional Samples of Business and Report Writing
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