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Ch 5: Writing Conventions

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If you have a habit of mixing up the words ''effect'' and ''affect'', watch these video lessons on writing conventions. Review commonly confused words, techniques for finding words' meanings and the importance of setting the right tone in your writing.

Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary

For a helpful refresher on writing conventions, let our experienced instructors help you brush up on your knowledge. This chapter's short video lessons cover several topics including tone, voice and writing for your intended audience. In addition, you'll review a number of methods -- including context clues and word structure -- to determine the meaning of words. After viewing the video lessons, you should be able to do the following:

  • Use words' relationships to determine meaning
  • Determine the appropriate words for your message
  • Recognize commonly confused words
  • Construct meaning using multiple strategies
  • Understand your message's voice and tone
  • Ensure your writing connects with the audience

With the ability to watch them on mobile devices, our video lessons travel where you do. Most videos are under ten minutes long and feature clear explanations and several examples. They also have tags so that you can easily re-watch portions without sitting through entire videos multiple times.

Be on the lookout for links to related lessons in the video transcripts as well. Once you're ready to check your understanding of writing conventions, take the multiple-choice quizzes accompanying the lessons.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Writing Conventions
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Understanding Words By Their Relationships

1. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

2. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Commonly Confused Words in English

3. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

5. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.

Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

6. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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