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0011 Understand Effective Writing
0012 Understand Clear, Concise, and Coherent Writing
0013 Understand Grammatical Writing
0014 Understand Mechanics and Conventions
Practice Writing Tests
0015 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition
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Essay Skills
Determine the Purpose for Writing
Formulate a Thesis or Statement of Main Idea
Organize Ideas and Details Effectively
Provide Adequate, Relevant Supporting Material
Use Effective Transitions
Demonstrate a Mature Command of Language
Avoid Inappropriate Slang, Jargon, and Cliches
Use a Variety of Sentence Patterns Effectively
Maintain a Consistent Point of View
Practice Writing an Essay

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0015 Demonstrate the ability to develop a focused, well-organized piece of analytical writing that is appropriate for a given audience and conforms to the conventions of Standard American English.

Practice Writing an Essay

This program provides you an opportunity to write an essay under conditions similar to those of the PAPA. As preparation for writing an essay, you need to practice the process.

Follow the steps listed below:

  1. Create a brainstorming diagram for your chosen topic.

  2. Write a clear statement of purpose.

  3. Write your thesis statement.

  4. Write a rough outline for your essay which must, at a minimum, include the topic to be developed in each paragraph.

  5. Follow your outline and write the essay. Do not allow yourself to be distracted.

  6. Revise your essay.
    1. Look closely at transitions between sentences and paragraphs.

    2. Eliminate wordiness, slang, or jargon.

    3. Make certain a variety of sentence patterns are used.

    4. Maintain a consistent point of view.

    5. Check spelling, punctuation, pronoun usage, etc.