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Professional and Technical Writing

Week 6 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

What is a Graphic Organizer?

Explore the entire webpage to learn about what a graphic organizer is used for and the different types of graphic organizers that are available. This page is geared towards K-12, but don’t let that distract you as technical writers often work in education.  As you explore, think of how these are beneficial in many settings. What is the purpose of using graphic organizers? There is a lot of information on this page, so you might want to bookmark it and take your time to go through the website.

After reviewing this webpage, you will have a much broader knowledge of what graphic organizers are and how they are used. 

Edraw (2020). What is a graphic organizer?

Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach

This chapter may be used as a reference, as it covers how to create several different types of graphics that can be used to display information. As an author, however, you will need to decide which graphics are most appropriate for your topic, and for your audience.


Chapter 12: Creating Reader-Centered Graphics

Pages: 224-240

Chapter 13: Creating Eleven Types of Reader-Centered Graphics

Pages: 241-259

To access the Redshelf book, click on the book link located in the book resources module or the bookshelf link on the top navigation bar of the course.

Anderson, P.V. (2019). Technical communication: A reader-centered approach. Redshelf


Professional and Technical Writing

This work is centered around understanding your audience and their specific needs regarding communication.  As a professional and technical writer, we must remember that we write for audience comprehension and as a result, must be conscious of bias, cultural contexts, and attitudes, beliefs, and values.

Read Unit 2 Understanding your Audience

Baker, S. (2019). Professional and technical  writing.OER Commons.

Visual Displays

Read the following to gain a better understanding of the relevance of visuals diplays.

Rensink, R. (2010). Visual displays. In E. B. Goldstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of perception (pp. 1072-1075). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781412972000.n342