Reflection: Real World Applications Reading a Technical Report - Section 4: Expand


The reading task is different with technical reports. The purpose of technical reporting is to gather information for later use, in a design presentation. In addition technical information is used to convince a client that a specific design is the best solution. I don't expect students to read all of the information, I expect them to be able to find useful information. I look at it like my car's highly technical warrantee. I don't read it all but I find the useful information, and use it when I need it.

Technical reports contain visual, statistical, and qualitative information based upon a variety of resources. The information should be conveyed fully and rapidly. Charts and graphs are read to easily digest information to be used on an as-needed basis.  Patterns, differences, similarities, and sometimes mind-blowing statistics are reported to the reader to influence the reader’s thinking and perhaps their decisions.

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Reading a Technical Report

Unit 1: Exploring Engineers and the Design Process
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT distinguish the differences between a technical report and an expository writing piece.

Big Idea: 21st Century Learning includes the skill of reading reports for information and directions. This lesson gives students their first experience in reading technical reports.

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