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Reference Tools


To use the writing skills learned in this unit, you should understand the concepts explained in the reference tools listed here.

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Grammar and Structure

Common Linking Words and Their Uses
Commonly Used Punctuation
Sentence Combining: Part 1
Sentence Combining: Part 2
Sentence Errors — Run-ons: Part 1
Sentence Errors — Run-ons: Part 2
Sentence Errors — Fragments

Writing Tips

Outline for an Illustrative Essay
Planning and Organizing
Drafting and Revising

Fine Tuning Your Language — Paraphrasing Passages

Editing the Revised Draft
Checklist for an Illustrative Essay