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Writing Knowledge & Proficiency - Chapter Summary
This chapter explores the components that students need to consider when writing an essay. With simple and concise explanations from our expert instructors, the chapter will illustrate how students should write for the appropriate audience, respond to essay prompts and improve essay content. The chapter also covers concepts in technical writing. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand the author's purpose in a text
- Write for an audience
- Know what makes writing good
- Edit and enhance essay content
- Focus an essay based on the prompt
- Write technical documents with unity
Taught by subject-matter experts, each lesson contains clear definitions, concepts and examples that will help you quickly learn and study the lesson material. You can quickly find the information you need using interactive video tags, and you can take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand these writing terms and concepts.
1. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
2. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.
6. Achieving Unity in Technical Writing
Keeping a document focused on one subject will help improve your audience's ability to comprehend your message. This video contains strategies to help keep your document unified.
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Other chapters within the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA): Practice & Study Guide course
- Understanding Meaning of Words & Phrases
- Main Idea & Supporting Details in Written Works
- Analysis & Evaluation of Text
- Summarizing & Analyzing Textual Information
- Organizing a Written Work
- Grammar and Usage
- Elements of Punctuation & Grammar
- Revising & Editing Your Writing
- Effective Essay Writing
- Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Flashcards