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Excellent Writing Dr. Stephen Wilbers FIVE ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE WRITING 1. CENTRAL IDEA This element of good writing involves focusing on a clear, manageable idea, argument, or thesis around which to organize your material. It includes selecting subordinate ideas that support and reinforce your central idea. Checkpoints: G Purpose or central idea is sufficiently limited for meaningful discussion. G Central idea is clearly stated, normally in the opening. G All subordinate ideas relate clearly to the central idea. 2. ORGANIZATION This element of writing has to do with coherent arrangement of material. It involves keeping the reader oriented to the central and subordinate ideas. Good organization is logical and sequential. It guides the reader between divisions of the material. Checkpoints: G Introduction orients the reader to the central idea and the line of reasoning. G Material is arranged in a logical and coherent sequence; subordinate ideas are effectively identified.
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