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

If your document is: Aim for:

Essential information for people who have less than 8 years of school or whose first language isn’t English.
Grade 5 to 6

Information for the general public that has new terms and concepts or specialized subject matter.
Grade 7 to 9

Specialized information for people who are familiar with the topic and who have good literacy skills.
Grade 10 +

When and where
will my readers use this information?

Will my readers be comfortable or under stress?
Will my readers be in an office, at home, or outside?
Will my readers have lots of time or be rushed?

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