From Theory to Practice
Appendix: Instructions for Building Task 153
153 Appendix: Instructions for Building Task While writing instructions may not seem to be directly connected to the building task for the students, this is a skill that is applicable to a number of fields in education and business. Anyone who has tried to put together a bookcase that has 135 pieces, and ended up with 15 “spare” items and a very shaky bookcase knows that writing clear instructions—whether for putting together a bookcase, programming a computer, or building an item in SL—is an important skill. Writing Instructions Although the exact way that instructions are written may vary de- pending on the purpose of the instruction (e.g., baking a cake versus installing RAM on a computer) and the people they are written for (e.g., children versus adults), most instructions share some elements in common, as shown below: 1. A Clear Title: this should explain: What you are writing about, why you are writing. 2. Good Organization: This gives your readers a roadmap to fol- low. 3. Introduction: The topic you will discuss, your reasons for writ- ing, the number of steps that it will take. 4. Body: The steps to follow, clear explanation, graphics (if needed). If you do use graphics: Could include: Drawings Photos Should be: simple and clear labeled 154 5. Conclusion. 6. Instructions for how to get help if your reader cannot follow the instructions. 7. An Easy to follow Style: Number your steps instead of using bullets, use highlighting techniques (e.g., Boldface, italics, differ-...
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