Ch 2: Writing & Editing Written Work

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If you need to improve your basic writing and editing skills, take a look at this mobile-friendly study guide chapter. The concepts you'll study in the chapter can help you write better essays, perform well on English exams and boost your overall writing/editing abilities.

Writing & Editing Written Work - Chapter Summary

This English composition chapter helps you refresh your writing and editing knowledge and skills. These simple and engaging video lessons focus on a variety of methods related to the writing and editing of written works. You'll take a look at concepts related to paragraphs, sentences, word choice and much more. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how structure can affect the meaning of a piece of writing
  • Compare paragraph forms
  • Write strong thesis statements, transitional sentences, transitions, essay bodies and conclusions
  • Describe the impact that word choice can have on meaning and tone
  • Edit for mechanics and content
  • Identify coordination, subordination, comparison, correlation and parallelism errors

When you're finished with each lesson, you can take a short quiz that helps you practice strengthening your writing and editing capabilities. The chapter also comes with an Ask the Expert feature that allows you to submit any questions you may have about these concepts. Work through the chapter at your own pace, and use any computer or mobile device to access these study materials.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Writing & Editing Written Work
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What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

1. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

2. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

Paragraph Form: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Paragraph Form: Definition, Types & Examples

Learn about the paragraph form and how to construct a paragraph. Find out how the paragraph form is similar to the essay form, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

4. 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 Write a Strong Essay Body

5. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

6. 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!

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

7. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

8. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

9. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

How to Identify Errors in Coordination & Subordination

10. How to Identify Errors in Coordination & Subordination

Watch this video lesson to learn how to expand the sentences in your writing to create much more complex works using two methods: subordination and coordination.

How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism

11. How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism

Ever write something that sounded just a bit off? You might be making simple errors with comparison, correlation and parallelism. Watch this video lesson to learn about these concepts and how to avoid misusing them.

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