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Lesson 7 Commentary Review of the Reading Assignment This chapter covers eight basic organizational patterns used in developing arguments: chronological, spatial, general-to-specific, more-important-to-less-important, comparison and contrast, classification and partition, problem-methods-solution, and cause and effect. Although there are other patterns, these are wide-ranging and should cover most technical communication situations. The chronological—or time-line—pattern commonly describes events. The spatial pattern is commonly used to describe objects and physical sites. These patterns can sometimes be combined into an effective communication. For example, in a time-line of art history a viewer can look at a portion of the exhibit that covers a certain number of years and view items based on geographic location. The general-to-specific pattern is used when readers need a general understanding of a subject before they can understand and remember the details (think abstract or executive summery). Similarly, the
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course ENG 202 taught by Professor Emily during the Summer '11 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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