Unit 2: Combining Ideas
In the previous unit you mastered different prewriting strategies. These strategies will help you discover information, but a paragraph isn't merely a list of facts. A paragraph presents your ideas about a topic and then uses specific examples from other sources to structure your information, develop your ideas, and support your conclusions. In order to do this, the sentences in a paragraph must work together. When sentences work together, the writing flows effortlessly and makes it easier for your audience to read your work and understand the development of your ideas. This unit will teach you how to compose effective paragraphs. It will also discuss the power of an effective thesis statement and will give you the information you need to create powerful thesis statements in your own writing.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 13 hours.
2.1: Developing Relationships Between Ideas
2.2: Grammar Practice
2.2.2: Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
2.3: Thesis Statements
2.3.1: Thesis Statement Basics
2.3.2: Developing Strong Thesis Statements
2.4.1: Outline Basics
2.4.2: How to Outline
2.4.3: Types of Outlines
2.5: Active Reading Practice
Unit 2 Assessment