Middle Tennessee State University University Writing Center – Peck Hall 325 – 904-8237 University Speaking & Writing Center – Ezell 119 – 494-8616 Technical Writing Worksheet Directions: During the Writing Center’s presentation, use the information the tutors provide to complete each question. Organizational patterns you may use for your paragraphs include… ____________________ is the most commonly used organizational pattern. _____________________ is a pattern that gives specific details or examples at the beginning which prepares readers for the topic sentence. ____________________ begins by posing a question and can be used as an attention- grabber or as a transition between topics. The __________________ pattern lists points throughout the paragraph. You should think carefully about your _____________________, or how the words you choose affect your writing, in technical documents. List four pitfalls to avoid in technical documents: _____________________________________________________________________________. When you use technical terms that are inappropriate for your audience, you are using _______________________. Clichés should be avoided in technical writing. Give an example of a cliché: _____________________________. Meaningful verbs can energize your sentences. Give an example of a meaningful verb: _________________________. “Dummy subjects” increase wordiness and decrease meaning. Give an example of a “dummy subject”: ___________________________.