Strategic Action Plan

    Strategic Action Plan

    Topic 1: Academic Writing

    This topic addresses the following objectives:

    Use academic texts as models for writing.

    Estimated time to complete topic: 30 minutes

    Identify and Explore: Common Academic Purposes

    The purpose for a piece of writing identifies the reason for writing it, by basically answering the question-Why? For example, why write a play? To entertain a packed theater. Why write instructions to the babysitter? To inform him or her of the schedule and rules. Why write a letter to a congressman? To persuade him to address the community’s needs.

    In academic settings, the reasons for writing typically fulfill four main purposes:


    • to summarize
    • to analyze
    • to synthesize
    • to evaluate


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