Follow this plan of study and practice to become a better writer.
Step 1 - Use Section 1 of this manual with outlines and exemplars to study
- Concepts and facets of all types of expository writing including essays and reports.
- Each term in detail along with its why's and how's as applied to effective writing
- Each stage of the writing process: prewriting, outlining, paragraphs, the whole work
- Correcting your writing including proofreading, interpreting corrections in rewriting
- Components of each pattern: 1) narration or relating an incident, 2) description or how someone/thing looks and acts, 3)comparison or likenesses/differences between persons or things, 4) definition or explanation of a subject or idea, 5) classification or how individuals fir their groups, and 6) process analysis or why an event occurred, and idea developed or how something works
Step 2 - Use Section 2 of this manual with outlines and exemplars to write
- Using components of a well-organized essay thesis, lists and labels, standard outline, paragraph format and content; follow your own outline while writing and essay.
- After planning and practicing with representative outlines for each pattern,
- Apply each outline to complete your report or an essay for each of the nine patterns.
- Adapt the structure and content of the fill-ins as a guide while writing your essay.
- Consult text references for correct grammar and structure during proofreading.
Step 3 - Before writing the final draft of the essay or report, review text pages.
- Consult the textbook references for any grammar errors or problems with paragraph format and content or sentence structure errors during writing or proofreading.
- The textbook to accompany this manual is Law Enforcement Report Writing I Source Book
Step 4 - Submit your essay or report for evaluation. Finally adapt it based on your instructor's or supervisor's notations, comments and suggestions.
- Practice writing on the 20 topics for essays listed and explained in the Manual Preface.
- Follow the brief outlines for two reports to correctly structure and punctuate narratives.