Guide to Organized Writing

by Stephen on February 20, 2013 · 0 comments

in Study Skills

Students too often put off a written assignment, considering it a chore too formidable to approach until the last minute. As a result, grades inevitably suffer.

Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. With a knowledge of these, the student can through effort and practice improve his writing ability.

Suggested below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, essay tests, and term papers.

1. INTRODUCTION – OPENING PARAGRAPH

a. Begin with a general statement.
b. Narrow it down to the controlling idea (for thesis statement).

2. BODY – THREE DEVELOPING PARAGRAPHS

In each paragraph:

a. Use transitions (repetition of key words and ideas) to connect paragraphs together.
b. Develop the topic sentence with details, definitions, illustrations, comparisons, and contrasts.
c. Conclude the paragraph with a summary of the main idea.

3. CONCLUSION – FINISHING PARAGRAPH

a. Restate the thesis.
b. End with a general statement finalizing the discussion.

Virginia State University



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