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Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How can I develop style, tone and point-of-view?
- What is the difference between active and passive voice?
- How should I structure my sentences?
- What makes for a 'logical' sentence?
- What are some common qualities usually found in 'good' writing?
1. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
2. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
3. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
4. Active and Passive Voice
No one likes a passive person, so why should you write in the passive voice? You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice' You may have even been told not write in the former. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to cludgy passive sentences into bright, active ones.
5. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
6. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
7. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.
8. How to Write a Diary Entry: Format, Examples & Ideas
Diaries are extremely popular. All sorts of people, ranging from young children to presidents of the United States, keep them. But what exactly is a diary, and how do you go about writing in one? Read on to learn more!
9. Telegraphic Sentence: Definition & Examples
You don't need to learn Morse code in order to understand telegraphic sentences. This lesson discusses the origin and definition of these concise sentences and provides a few examples of them.
10. What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples
This lesson defines and illustrates adjectives and descriptive detail in writing and speaking. Nouns and verbs are briefly reviewed.
11. How to Cite a Textbook in APA Format
Citing your sources, or giving proper credit to resources you use to find information, can help you to avoid plagiarism. In this lesson, we will discover the appropriate style for citing a textbook in APA format.
12. How to Cite a Textbook in MLA
When writing a research paper, you will have many sources to cite, one of which may be the textbook for your course. This lesson will show you how to cite a textbook in MLA format.
13. How to Write a Newspaper Article
Writing a newspaper article? This task can be more difficult than you anticipated. Read this lesson to discover a simple way to write a successful newspaper article.
14. How to Write a Summary of an Article
Have you been tasked to read and report on a concept discussed in a magazine, newspaper or other type of article? Then read this lesson to learn how to create the perfect article summary.
15. How to Write an Article Review
This lesson will give you a basic understanding of the content required for an article review and how to write an engaging critique that will make all of your teachers want to give you an apple.
16. How to Write a Magazine Article
Writing a magazine article is a delicate balance between news and story. In this lesson, you will learn how to write a magazine article from start to finish.
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Other chapters within the College English Composition: Help and Review course
- Conventions in Writing - Grammar: Help and Review
- Writing Mechanics Help
- How to Revise an Essay: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials: Help and Review
- Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing: Help and Review
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Composition Best Practices - Theory and Application: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision and Skill Development
- Teaching Writing
- Teaching Materials & Resources
- Prose Nonfiction
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Reading Basics
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage
- Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- Teaching Reading
- Speaking Skills