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Part I. Basics/Process

  A. Chapters 1-6: Start

  B. Ch. 7-13: Organize

  C. Ch. 14-20: Revise/Edit

Part II. College Writing

   D. Ch. 21-23: What Is It?

   E. Ch. 24-30: Write on Rdgs.

   F. Ch.31-35: Arguments

  G. Ch. 36-42: Research

  H. Ch. 43-48: Literature

   I.  Ch. 49-58: Majors & Work

Part III. Grammar

 Study Questions



Section A. START



This "Starting" section shows you how to get your writing started.  Some methods are highly informal.  Others are formal.  Ask your teacher what he or she wants, as this often can help you decide how to start.  This section has six chapters in it:

A. "Start" Chapters:

  1. How I Learned--4 Stories about Learning to Write
2. Focus--Different Ways Real Writers--and You--Can Concentrate
3. First Drafts--20+ Ways to Start 1st Drafts
4. Self & Others--Writing Self, Strategies, & Community
5. Modes--8 Traditional & Modern Rhetorical Modes for Writing
6. Thinking--Good Critical Thinking and Writing in College

There also are three extra web pages:

Activities - An exercises page for starting to write

Eight Student Responses - Students writing about starting to write

UNO Universal Organizer - An organizing tool shown in "Ch. 3. First Drafts"







1. How I Learned

2. Focus

3. First Drafts

4. Self & Others

5. Modes

6. Thinking



Activities (Exercises)

8 Students' Writing Stories

UNO Universal Organizer


 Related Links in

  2. Process & Focus 

  3. Thinking & Reading


14. Free Readings



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