People communicate in a variety of ways. One way is writing. They communicate for a variety of reasons. This course will consider four major purposes for writing. It will also consider four major patterns of organizing the information.
A purpose or aim is a reason or goal for writing.
A pattern or mode is a method of organizing the writing to achieve the purpose.
Purpose is what is to be said. Style is how it is said.
Note: You will be taken to a new document for each purpose and the patterns.
If you decide to print out parts of the primer, review each document before you print it. The document may contain graphics-heavy parts that you might not want to print.
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