Write in plain language. Plain language is simple, direct writing that the audience can read, understand, and act upon. In general, plain language uses:
Common, everyday words (but not colloquial or slang words)
Address readers in a friendly, conversational tone (as if the reader has asked the writer about health
improvement and the writer is providing helpful information). Avoid sounding overly formal or academic (but maintain correct grammar and usage).
Reading Level: Reading level is the grade school level required to read a piece as measured on a reading scale.Write all content at a 5th–6th grade reading level, provided the information can be safely and accurately communicated at this level. This ensures that the health information is accessible and usable to the greatest number of people.
Note that reading level is determined by the number of syllables per word and the number of words per sentence. Therefore, in order to reduce reading level, reduce sentence length and cut out multisyllabic words. (See tips on the left)
Reading level examples (same passage):
This guide is designed to provide you with the resources needed to improve your health and reduce the risk of disease by kicking the tobacco habit. By properly channeling your motivation and developing strategies that work, you will be able to break this habit and learn new, healthier habits to take its place.
This guide gives you the tools you need to kick the tobacco habit. By quitting, you can cut your risk of disease and improve your health. With strong motivation and the tools here, you can break this habit and learn new, healthier habits to take its place.
Plagiarism is the use or imitation of another person's language, thoughts, or work in a way that presents it as one's own work. Basically, plagiarism is when you use or pass off someone else’s work as your own without giving them credit. This can include paraphrasing others words and/or changing the word order without acknowledgement or citing properly.
Avoid plagiarism by doing the following: