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ENG 101 - Gordon - Fall 2020 - WP5: Research Project

This guide will help students successfully complete their ENG 101 assignments.

Getting Started on WP5: Research Project

About Writing

Writing is the tangible result of thinking. And learning how to think—how to develop your own ideas and concepts—is the purpose of a college education. Even though the end result of writing is a product, writing itself is a process through which you ask questions; create, develop, hone, and organize ideas; argue a point; search for evidence to support your ideas…and so on. The point here is that writing really involves creative and critical thinking processes. Like any creative process, it often starts in a jumble as you develop, sort, and sift through ideas. But it doesn’t need to stay in disarray. Your writing will gain direction as you start examining those ideas. It just doesn’t happen all at once. Writing is a process that happens over time. And like any process, there are certain steps or stages.

These are some of the major stages in a strong writing process:

  1. Thinking about your assignment
  2. Developing ideas (often called prewriting)
  3. Narrowing a topic
  4. Gathering information
  5. Ordering and drafting
  6. Revising and editing

Writing Resources

Infographic: Seven Secrets of Advanced English Writing

Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical analysis is a form of criticism or close reading that employs the principles of rhetoric to examine the interactions between a text, an author, and an audience. It's also called rhetorical criticism or pragmatic criticism.

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