4Step II: Organize the Document, Part II

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Use the complete five-step organizing procedure.

• Name the four organizational patterns writers use most often.

• Create a substantive outline.

• Write a purpose statement.

• Write topic sentences.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asked the Cheshire Cat. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

—From Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

WRITERS WHO DON’T STOP TO THINK WHERE THEY ARE GOING

How often have you read a letter, memo, or report, and found that you had to make ...

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