WHAT ARE THE BASIC
STEPS OF WRITING?
major division of
you the basic principles of college writing.
It contains sections "A"-"C" with chapters 1-19:
BASICS--Sections & Chapters:
How I Learned
Self & Others
What Is "Organizing"?
9. Basic Paper Layouts
Typical Body Section
What Is "Revising"?
Five Special Methods
ARE YOU TAKING A "BASIC" OR
"DEVELOPMENTAL" WRITING COURSE?
If you are a student
in a basic or developmental
writing course in college--or a high
school-level writing course--the above chapters contain essential
information. In addition, you (and your
instructor) may be interested in the following
Thesis Essay -
Reading & Writing:
Disagreeing w/a Reading -
A "basic college writer" is a person taking
writing at the high school level of writing--usually just before
taking a first-year college composition course. You may be starting college but are
not yet ready for college composition, or you may still be in high school.
Either way, this section can help. It offers a collection of
important basic/beginning/high school-level chapters from other parts of
this Web site.
If you are starting college and you've been
placed in a "basic" or "developmental" writing course,
please know that it likely just means you haven't had as much writing
practice as other college students. Also you should know that you
are in good company: typically, about 20-40% of
students--depending on the school--start their writing in college in a
basic/developmental writing class. Research shows that once you've
successfully completed this course, you will, on average, complete your
next college writing class with a slightly higher grade than students who
did not first take a basic/developmental class. In other words,
you'll finish slightly ahead of others, on average.
What if you're still in high school? If
you haven't yet had a composition course or another course with lessons
specifically in writing, this web site can help you quite a bit. And
this "Basics" division of the web site shows you most of the basics you'll
need for introductory college writing.
So, relax, write as much as you can, and
have fun. Good luck with your new
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