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Learn strategies for organizing documents effectively. Learn how readers respond to deductive, inductive, and analytical paragraphs. Make effective transitions and learn how format creates belief.

Your brilliant insights are likely to be overlooked unless you learn to organize your ideas for readers. This section provides advice on structuring and organizing information for readers, regardless of the communication situation you are addressing.

In this section you will learn strategies that apply across genres or writing projects. These patterns of organization can define paragraph units or apply to larger units of discourse. For example, most documents are organized deductively (from the general to the specific); most writers organize ideas into paragraph form, providing thesis and connecting statements near the beginning of each paragraph; most writers present given information before new information.

  • Organizational Structure: Organize your ideas to express more clear papers
  • Paragraphs: Organize your thoughts logically into paragraphs
  • Modes of Discourse: The traditional categories of written text (defining, describing, narrating, classifying, and comparing & contrasting)