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Informative & Technical Writing - Chapter Summary
To write well, it is important to understand the basics of writing, such as sentence structure and grammar. As students learn to specialize in their writing, they must comprehend the nuances of different types of writing. This chapter has been designed to teach high school students about the mechanics involved in informative and technical writing.
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- Write an informative essay
- Use the five-paragraph essay structure
- Craft topic sentences, thesis statement, and main ideas
- Organize and categorize info, ideas, and concepts
- Define proper sources and evaluate credibility of sources
- Explain the organizational structures of expository writing
- Create strong transitional sentences
- Use precise language in essays
- Write with an objective and formal tone
- Draft effective conclusions
- Create compare and contrast essays
- Relate the uses for technical communication
- Write business letters
1. How to Write an Informative Essay
Many struggle with writing an essay. Where do you begin? What do you include? This lesson describes a step-by-step process for writing an informative essay.
2. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.
3. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences
What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.
4. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information
In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!
5. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence
When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.
6. Organizational Features of Expository Texts
Reading an expository text can seem like an intimidating ordeal. Read this lesson to find out how to use specific features of expository text to help you understand the material.
7. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences
Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.
8. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
9. Writing in a Formal & Objective Tone
This lesson discusses tools that help to create a formal and objective writing tone. It will explain the processes of using appropriate language, avoiding slang, writing in the third person, and employing the passive voice.
10. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements
Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!
11. Compare & Contrast Essay: Definition, Topics & Examples
This lesson explains what it is to write a compare and contrast essay. For the student who needs to describe two subjects, a compare and contrast essay offers the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of a topic.
12. Technical Communication: Definition & Purpose
Technical communication is a part of almost every job. This video provides the definition and purpose of technical communication, and explains why technical communication is important for businesses and consumers.
13. Components of a Business Letter
After viewing this lesson, you should be able to write a formal business letter that you can use to write official letters to businesses. This is also the type of letter you will write when you are sending out your resume to businesses.
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