Principles for procedure writing - grade levels

Subject: Principles for procedure writing - grade levels
From: "Eileen Neumann" <eileenn -at- the-wire -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 17:00:26 -0400


Hi,

I found in the business world that this was a huge misconception. I came
from a journalism background and thought that writing to a grade 6 - 8 level
was a good thing. My manager seemed to feel that writing to this level meant
I (and by extension her department) lacked intelligence, and / or looked
down on my reader.

I like to tell people that the works of Shakespeare are written at a grade 8
level.

There's a big difference between complex sentence structure, that is long
sentences and paragraphs and multi-syllable words, and complex or
multi-layered content. I find business writing to be structurally complex
but content poor. It's written to a grade 12 level alright, according to
Microsoft, but once you take the time and trouble to decipher it, it's not
saying much. Content grade 2, language needs a PhD to decipher!

Writing to a grade 6 level is absolutely not the same as writing to sixth
graders...

My 2 cents,
Eileen

Eileen Neumann
Technical Writer
eileenn -at- the-wire -dot- com
Toronto
(416) 535.6891

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Rebus had landed the shift. God was in his heaven, just making sure.

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Subject: Re: Principles for procedure writing
From: Maggie Pierce Secara <maggiros -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 10:45:20 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 38

We always have to remember that writing to an 6th
grade reading level is not the same as writing to an
6th grader.


Maggie Secara



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