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1 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style The Army Writing Style

2 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Overview of Presentation Elements of writing Bottom line up front Active versus passive voice

3 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Four Elements of Writing 1 of 5 Substance – ideas behind writing Organization – structure of ideas Style – word choice, sentence structure and phrasing Correctness – mechanics and format

4 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Four Elements of Writing 2 of 5 Identify requirementGather information Substance – ideas behind writing

5 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Organization – structure for ideas Write thesis statementDevelop outline Four Elements of Writing 3 of 5

6 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Style – word choice, sentence structure and phrasing Draft quicklyRevise thoroughly Four Elements of Writing 4 of 5

7 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Correctness – mechanics and format Proof read Check spelling, grammar, usage Check format rules Four Elements of Writing 5 of 5

8 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Bottom Line Up Front Create a clear, descriptive title Announce your purpose in writing State your main idea Arrange supporting information in organized paragraphs

9 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Identify the Main Idea Practice Identify the main idea in each of the following sentences. A letter giving him authority to represent Battalion is being prepared. We will complete Phase I; then we will begin Phase II. He assigned the task of reviewing the report to 1LT Jones and me.

10 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Identify the Main Idea Answers to Practice Sentences The main idea in each sentence is underlined. A letter giving him authority to represent Battalion is being prepared. We will complete Phase I; then we will begin Phase II. (contains two main ideas) He assigned the task of reviewing the report to 1LT Jones and me.

11 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Active vs. Passive Voice 1 of 3 Active voice – subject does the action Example: The company commander filed reports.

12 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Active vs. Passive Voice 2 of 3 Passive voice – action passes back to subject Example: Reports were filed by the company commander.

13 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Passive = Receiver Action Doer Example: The next week will be spent by the platoon at weapons qualification. Active = Doer Action Receiver Example: The platoon will spend the next week at weapons qualification. Active vs. Passive Voice 3 of 3

14 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Identifying Passive Voice Look at the verb: The inventory was reviewed by Jane. Form of verb, to be The inventory was reviewed by Jane. Past participle of main verb

15 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Active vs. Passive Voice Practice Which of the following sentences is written in the passive voice? Change passive to active voice. Several internal controls have been implemented by management. The Generals comments summarize the questions she will ask. The election results were counted by the supervisor.

16 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Active vs. Passive Voice Answers to Practice Sentences Sentence 1: Management has implemented several internal controls. Sentence 2: Active voice. Sentence 3: The poll supervisor counted election results.

17 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style Summary Army writing is – Clear Concise Organized Right to the point

18 27 Aug 02 MSL102_L02 - The Army Writing Style The Army Writing Style


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