Ch 6: Organizing a Written Work

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review how to organize a written work. Quick video lessons and quizzes on concepts like the organization of an essay, avoidance of repetition in writing, and more can be found in this chapter.

Organizing a Written Work - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can remind yourself of the tips for organizing sentences and paragraphs, types of structuring patterns for writing, and additional related concepts by watching engaging video lessons. You will also encounter these aspects of how to organize your writing:

  • Deciding to structure your writing by task, purpose, and audience
  • Composing a thesis and main idea
  • Identifying different structured sentences
  • Ways to write powerful transitions
  • Proper ways to organize sentences and paragraphs in an essay
  • Organization of an essay
  • Avoidance of repetition in writing

A short multiple-choice quiz awaits you at the end of each lesson. Review the transcripts for important words. Contact the instructors if you have any questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Organizing a Written Work
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Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

1. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

4. 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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

5. 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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

6. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

7. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

8. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Organize an Essay

9. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

10. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

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