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6.14: Takeaways

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    In this chapter, we:

    • Became familiar with and identified elements of clarity and style in a variety of writing
    • Identified common errors that impede clarity and learned to self-edit
    • Eliminated wordy constructions and varied sentence types
    • Applied key ideas and strategies from the chapter to your own writing

    Questions for reflection

    • What is academic writing and how does it differ from other writing that you do?
    • How can using strong verbs and avoiding wordiness make your message stronger?
    • What are some factors that contribute to the tone of a piece of writing?
    • What is one aspect of writing with clarity that you want to focus on improving?
    • What is one aspect of writing with style that you want to focus on improving?
    • Look back at the 6.2 Sample Student Research Essay - Food Deserts. Remembering that this is a draft, what are some ways that Amanda makes her ideas clear for her readers? Now, examine her style and tone. What does she do successfully? For example, what are some ways you can tell this is academic writing? What, if anything, would you recommend to improve her essay in terms of clarity and style?"

    This page titled 6.14: Takeaways is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Gabriel Winer & Elizabeth Wadell (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)) .

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