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Writing Styles & Techniques - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our experienced instructors guide you through a few important writing steps and techniques for conveying your words in writing. You can learn about using the author's purpose and brainstorming techniques to plan your text as well as see how precise language, vocabulary, and figurative language elements can contribute to a literary rich text. You will also have the opportunity to compare rhetorical modes of writing. When you are finished with this chapter, you should be able to:
- Provide a definition of author's purpose
- Describe various rhetorical modes of writing
- List brainstorming techniques
- Identify precise language and vocabulary in written text
- Differentiate between literal and figurative language in written text
The content of this chapter will be mainly presented through video lessons. These short clips are designed to be engaging and informative modes of study. Included with each lesson is a text transcript and quiz. You can use the Timeline feature of the video player to review the main points of the lesson. Be sure to take the self-assessment quizzes to evaluate your understanding of the material. As always, stay on track by monitoring your progress on your Dashboard.
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. Rhetorical Modes of Writing: Definition & Examples
If you've ever written anything, you've used rhetoric. Examine the most common modes in rhetorical writing and learn how you can use them in your life.
3. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
4. Using Precise Language & Vocabulary in Informative Texts
Writing informative texts can be difficult because you want to be as clear as possible so that your reader understands what you are trying to say. This lesson discusses how precise language and vocabulary will make your writing clearer.
5. Literal vs. Figurative Language
Writers frequently make use of different types of language to get their points across. In this lesson, we'll look at the basic differences between literal and figurative language.
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