BASICS OF WRITING
WHAT ARE THE BASIC
STEPS OF WRITING?
first major part or division of
basic principles and methods of writing in high
school and college.
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, OR A
HIGH SCHOOL 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
a writing class in college that is at a high school level, or it is
"between" high school and college level. This usually is a course
required of you by placement in the course, to help prepare you for the
regular college composition course. In other words, you likely are 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. They are writing
methods that everyone who writes well must learn from reading textbooks
like this and/or from many writing experiences.
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 suggests 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,
typically, you'll finish slightly ahead of others in writing knowledge and
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 section of this textbook can help you quite a bit.
These "Basics" show you most of the what you'll
need for introductory college writing. The rest that you need is,
primarily, lots of practice.
So, relax, write as much as you can, and
have fun. Good luck with your new
writing experiences and writing knowledge!
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