Write For Your Reader The Northwest Territories Literacy Council
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A Plain Language Handbook

Introduce your document.

Tell your readers right away what the document is about.
Tell your readers how the document is organized.

Organize your ideas in logical order.

Organize your ideas in a way that makes sense for your readers. Choose one way to organize your document and be consistent throughout:

Step by step.
From general to specific or from specific to general.
From what people already know to new information, or from new information to what people already know.

Divide your document into short sections.

Put all the information about one thing in the same section.
Organize each section in the same way your whole document is organized.

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