Common Organizational Patterns

Common - No particular order 4 Comparison – Contrast – a new or unfamiliar idea is explained by showing how it is similar to(comparison or

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Common Organizational Patterns 1) Chronological Order – time order, sequence of events. Ideas are presented in the order in which they occur in time. This pattern may be used to report a current event, to recount a historical event, or give steps in a process. 2) Classification – an object or idea is explained by dividing it into groups and describing or explaining each. (example: computers – microcomputers, mainframes, laptop computers, etc.). To group and explain. 3) Listing – information is organized into lists on the basis of characteristics, features, parts, or according to categories.
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Unformatted text preview: No particular order 4) Comparison – Contrast – a new or unfamiliar idea is explained by showing how it is similar to (comparison) or different from (contrast) a more familiar idea, person, place, or thing. 5) Cause – Effect – connections between events are explained by showing what caused an event (why something happened ) or what happened as a result of a particular event (result, outcome ). 6) Examples – pointing out a typical or concrete instance / idea to support or clarify the main idea 7) Definition – to give the meaning of a term . Often uses is , are...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course RDG 041 taught by Professor Larson during the Fall '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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