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Writing Skills Study Guide

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Writing Skills Practice Exercises

Remember to read actively, look for clues, and examine the parts and organization of any visual aids.

Review: What You've Learned

Here's a quick review of each lesson in this section:

Prewriting. You learned that prewriting is the first step in the writing process. You discovered several ways to prewrite, including brainstorming, freewriting, lists, graphic organizers, and outlines.

Organizing Ideas. You learned about three types of essays: informative, narrative, and persuasive essays. You also learned the basic structure of a five-paragraph essay.

Writing with Focus and Clarity. You used your critical reading skills to become a more effective writer. You practiced focusing on the main idea with clear thesis statements and relevant details. You learned how to develop depth in your writing, and you practiced selecting an appropriate audience, style, and tone for each piece of writing.

Reviewing and Revising. You learned why it is important to edit and revise your writing. You practiced several strategies for revision, including adding and removing information, rearranging ideas, replacing words, and catching simple mistakes. You also saw some basic editing symbols to use when editing with pen and paper.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Writing Skills Practice Exercises

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