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The Workwrite Workbook Series

The workwrite series is a collection of instructional workbooks focusing on the functions and features of workplace documents. Aimed at engaging adults in understanding and using documents they will encounter in entry-level positions in most workplaces, the series contains over 100 different activities offering practice at all levels. Reproducible lesson plans and ample practice are based on a wide array of authentic workplace documents such as lists, notices, work schedules, job postings, office memos, agendas, meeting minutes, brochures and much more.

The workwrite workbooks can be used with small or large groups, or in one-to-one tutoring. They are designed to help instructors identify learning content and improve skills acquisition based on the results of a learner’s initial CAMERA assessment. They can also be used independently of CAMERA, to support adult upgrading curricula, create lesson plans and design targeted program models.

The Workbooks

Volume 1 is a collection of the first three books from the series, compiled into one volume. Download sample activity.

  • Book 1: Organizing Information discusses the uses and features of labels, codes, abbreviations, lists, and directories
  • Book 2: Schedules explains time management tools including daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.
  • Book 3: Information Forms demonstrates document formats and their uses, including questionnaires, checklists, agreements, claims, invoices, reports, inspections, and notices.

Book 4: Workplace Communications contains a broad range of original workplace document types and styles and discusses the use of notices, postings, memoranda, agenda, meeting minutes, fax cover sheets, email work orders, job postings and letters. Download sample activity.

Book 5: Policies and Procedures provides exposure to longer texts and discusses their purpose, who reads them, and their connection to legislation. Real-life documents in this resource include policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines. Documents and activities are most appropriate for Ontario’s literacy and basic skills levels 3 to 5 (intermediate to advanced literacy upgrading) but can be adjusted for use at a variety of levels. Download sample activity.

Book 6: Graphs and Charts offers an opportunity to interact with an array of visual information displays. It explores everything from bar and line graphs to Gantt charts and pictographs and can be effectively used in both communications and numeracy instruction. Download sample activity.

Book 7: Numeracy explores questions about who uses math on the job, how math-related tasks are performed and why. Activities include workplace-related numeracy tasks such as working with money, measurement and numerical analysis. Download sample activity.

Apprenticeship Workbook: Building for the Future is designed as a career exploration resource for adults or youth interested in exploring skilled trades. It guides readers through the apprenticeship system in Ontario by engaging them in reflection and research activities. The resource can be used as a part of goal-setting, career exploration or skills upgrading programming. Download sample activity.