Instruction manuals explain to readers how to operate something or make something. Helpful resources on how to write an instruction manual include the following:

Instruction manuals explain to readers how to operate something or make something. Helpful resources on how to write an instruction manual include the following:

 

 

 “Instructions, procedures, and policies,” a chapter from Tebeaux and Dragga in eReserves

 Jerz’s literacy page features a fine set of tips on writing instructions. Please click here to view the site.

 

 David McMurrey has a very helpful website on writing instructions. Please click here to view the webpage.

 

 Wikibooks has an excellent guide to writing instructions. Please click here to view the site.

 

 

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 

The instruction manual will include the following sections:

 

 Title Page

 

 Overview or Introduction with necessary background information such as time needed, skill ability, relevance, context, stage setting, etc.

 

 Equipment and materials needed (as appropriate)

 

 Definitions (as appropriate)

 

 Instructions

o provide a graphic for steps of the instructions that need a graphic

 

o at least three graphics should be original

 

o graphics borrowed from other sources need to be cited in APA format

 

o all graphics should be labeled

 

 

 Warnings or statements of caution (as appropriate)

Overall, chapter 10 from Tebeaux and Dragga should be read thoroughly as you begin this assignment. Different types of instructions call for different strategies. The chapter from Tebeaux and Dragga is an excellent resource in guiding your approach.