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