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Ch 8: Characteristics of Effective Writing

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Explore fun video lessons to enhance your ability to confidently identify and describe characteristics of effective writing. This chapter closely examines how to write clear sentences, fix writing mistakes, organize your writing and more.

Characteristics of Effective Writing - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive overview of the characteristics of effective writing is designed to ensure you understand what it takes to write well. Lessons explore writing organization and styles, sentence clarity, technical aspects of writing and so much more. Examples are available to clarify the concepts covered in the lessons. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be prepared for the following:

  • Describing how to choose your purpose and identify your audience in writing
  • Explaining ways to transform writing from good to great
  • Discussing the organization patterns and structure of writing
  • Identifying types of writing styles
  • Sharing ways to revise writing via self-editing
  • Detailing the steps involved in writing a clear sentence
  • Listing and describing the three steps of the writing process

Each lesson in this chapter is available as a video and full transcript. Watch videos to absorb details about the characteristics of effective writing while enjoying fun visual and audio effects. Also, take advantage of video timelines that allow you to skip to key topics without watching the lessons in full. If you like to review lessons in print, access full transcripts with easy-to-identify vocabulary words. With the lessons are short quizzes designed to assess your understanding of the concepts covered. If you have questions about chapter topics, feel free to submit them to our experts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Characteristics of Effective Writing
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Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

1. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

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.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

3. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

4. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

5. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

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.

The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

7. The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Having a plan for your writing will help ensure that you effectively communicate your message. This video provides definitions and strategies for the three steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting.

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