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com156_week1_reading1 - WRITING ESSAYS Part One How to Read...

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Part One How to Read and Write in College 1. Succeeding in College 3 2. Reading and Writing in College and Beyond 22 3. Writing Basics 45 4. Finding and Exploring Your Topic 62 5. Making a Point 74 6. Supporting Your Point 88 7. Making a Plan 100 8. Writing a Draft 110 9. Revising Your Draft 125 WRITING ESSAYS ¡
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3 If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just started a college writing course, and you might not know what to expect. What kind of writing will you have to do? What do you need to know to pass? What will the teacher expect? In the F rst section of this chapter, students who have recently com- pleted their F rst year of college supply answers to these and other common questions. These students were in your exact spot very recently, so they’re in a good position to tell you what you need to know. In the second section of this chapter, you’ll learn four strategies that will be critical to your success in all your college courses — how to identify your goals, how to manage your time, how to use the resources available to you, and how to F nd and use your learning style. Paying attention now to the students’ advice and the four success strategies is deF nitely worth your time. PRACTICE YOUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES Write about your educational experiences so far, including things that may help your teacher understand what you’ve done so far and things that you hope to learn in this course. 1 Succeeding in College What You Need to Know You Know This You know the importance of advice. • You ask a friend which shirt looks best on you. • You ask an older brother or sister what a certain teacher is like. • You ask an experienced coworker how to work toward a promotion. • You ask a teacher for advice on choosing a major. IDEA JOURNAL Write about some good advice (or some bad advice) you’ve gotten in the past. ¡
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Advice from those who’ve been there 4 Michael Dalkas, Georgia Perimeter College Janice Diamond, Holmes Community College Danita Edwards, Y ou might be wondering: Why do I have to take this course, any- way? The answer is that most, if not all, of your college courses will require some writing, and the better you write, the better you will do. Being able to write well will also help you get a good job and express yourself in your everyday life. The advice on pages 4–9 comes di- rectly from our experience. We promise it will help you. Writing College writing involves new kinds of writing and new ways of writing. Here are some of the things we had to get used to. Essays aren’t always just F ve paragraphs. Many of us learned to write essays with F ve paragraphs (introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclu- sion). That is a great way to learn how to write a basic essay, but in college courses, you’ll hardly ever be assigned a “f ve-paragraph essay.” Your teachers might give you a target length, but the F nal length will depend on what you need to develop your ideas.
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