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Part 1
Critical Reasoning and Creative Thinking

bullet Section 1 Critical Reasoning Principles
bullet Section 2 Creative Thinking Principles
bullet Section 3 Standards of Quality

When you apply critical reasoning and creative thinking principles to the writing process, you will enhance your communicative skills.

Part 2
Steps to Effective Communication

bullet Section 1. The Research Process
bullet Section 2. The Planning Process
bullet Section 3. Proofreading
Effective writing is not easy. It is hard work that begins with research on the topic. Then you develop a plan to effectively communicate your position so that your audience clearly understands your intent. Next you write out your draft. On completion of the draft, you must begin revising to ensure that what you wrote is what you intended to say. Your next step is to proof your work and produce the final draft that you publish and distribute to your audience.

Part 3
Principles of Effective Writing Styles

bullet Section 1. Introduction to Effective Writing Style
bullet Section 2. Clear and Concise Sentences
bullet Section 3. Meaningful Paragraphs
Putting our thoughts on paper is important, but just as important is to ensure that what we have written clearly communicates our intentions. Our understanding of "how to" organize our thoughts into coherent sentences and paragraphs can help ensure that we communicate clearly. The objective of this lesson  is to help you as a writer sharpen your style by briefly reviewing the structure and function of word groups (phrases, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs) to assist you in writing effectively.

Part 4
Principles of Word Usage, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling

bullet Section 1. Parts of Speech
bullet Section 2. Punctuation
bullet Section 3. Capitalization
bullet Section 4. Spelling
All of us can write, some better than others. Putting our thoughts on paper is important, but just as important is to ensure what we have written clearly communicates our intentions. Our understanding of the "how to" of English grammar can help ensure that we communicate clearly. The objective of this lesson, then, is to help you as a writer sharpen your understanding of English grammar by briefly reviewing the parts of speech to assist you in writing effectively.

Reasoning is the process of examining data (facts, information, evidence, observations, and experiences) and forming inferences, judgments, and conclusions from the data. Adding the term "critical" to reasoning may seem redundant; some argue that by definition reasoning is always critical. However, the reality is that much reasoning is on the superficial level; we quickly identify the problem and then implement a solution that seems to solve it. Too often in our rush to solve a problem we attack the symptom of the problem and the cause, short-circuiting the reasoning process. By adding the term "critical" we then must analyze our reasoning to ensure we have accurately identified the true problem. This also means that we have accurately analyzed the data, its implications, and its end state, and have selected the best workable solution to solve the true problem.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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