Paragraph skills and Essay Skills serve as a guidebook for every step of the writing process. Emphasizing both process and practice, with a focus on revision, this book helps to apply and advance writing skills using John Langan's proven techniques. Learning to write effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays is critical for every writer.
Along the way, there are many other important skills to explore and develop－using specific and concrete language to make a point and stick to it, selecting good supporting details to back up that point and create a convincing argument, organizing a paragraph in a way that best fits its purpose, and writing clear, error-free sentences to maximize the effectiveness of the writing. This book will prepare the students for writing situations in college and beyond.
Discover a clearly stated point, or topic sentence, and make sure all the other information in the paragraph or essay is in support of that point.
Support points with specific evidence, and plenty of it.
Organize and connect supporting evidence so that paragraphs and essays transition smoothly from one but of supporting information to the next.
Revise and edit so that sentences are error-free for clearer and more effective communication.