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Recognize Purpose and Audience
Recognize Unity, Focus, and Development in Writing
Recognize Effective Organization in Writing
Paragraph Organization
Use of Transitional Words or Phrases
Improving Cohesion and Sequence of Ideas
Recognize Effective Sentences
Recognize Edited American English Usage
Revision Strategies
Practice Writing Tests
Write an Organized, Developed Composition

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Recognize Effective Organization in Writing

Recognizing Methods of Paragraph Organization

Good college writing is expected to be well developed. You should have plenty of support for your main points in any piece of writing.

In general, you can develop a main idea with:

  • reasons,
  • concrete details,
  • specific examples,
  • facts,
  • statistics, and
  • incidents or narratives.  

Most essays use a variety of these methods. Unfortunately, there is no magic number of supporting sentences required to support a main idea; you are expected to use your judgment, tempered by your experience.

Generally, introductory and concluding paragraphs are considerably shorter than body paragraphs. In general, body paragraphs that are very short — one to three sentences — are not well-developed and are not acceptable in college-level writing.