Ch 18: Writing Skills & Techniques

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you better understand writing mechanics, structure and improvement. This a great resource you can use to bolster your English Language Arts studies or prepare for course, college entrance, professional certification or other types of exams.

Writing Skills & Techniques - Chapter Summary

What are the stages of the writing process? How do you best organize your writing? What is the secret to writing clear sentences? These are examples of the type of questions you can expect to review and reinforce your understanding of when you use this chapter. Other information found in this resource includes editing practices, writing pitfalls and capitalization rules. After you complete this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe and use stages of the writing process
  • Discuss the purpose of organizational patterns in writing
  • Understand how word choice and language sets writing tone
  • Use precise language in your writing and avoid redundancy
  • Apply strategies to structure sentences and paragraphs
  • Write clear sentences and improve sentence structure
  • Define strategies for editing for content and writing mechanics
  • Outline capitalization rules and avoid common pitfalls in writing

It takes less than 10 minutes to review each lesson, and you can go over any of the lessons as many times as needed to ensure your full understanding. Access video and text lessons 24/7 from any device and print lesson transcripts to create quick-reference study aids if needed. Take self-assessment quizzes to measure what you've learned and determine which, if any, topics you need to review further.

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Writing Skills & Techniques
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Recursively Using Stages of the Writing Process

1. Recursively Using Stages of the Writing Process

This lesson will explore the distinct stages of the writing process. In addition, the lesson will emphasize the recursive nature of the writing process, demonstrating that the most effective writing entails a multi-draft, multiple revision process.

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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

4. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

5. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

6. 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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

7. 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!

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

8. 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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

9. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

10. 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.

Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

11. Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

Learn what editing for content means and how it's different from editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Review the list of things to look for in a content edit. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

12. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

13. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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