Effective Writing is a practice book designed to help students develop their writing skills through problem-solving activities. By completing certain tasks such as organizing ideas, selecting and ordering information, using reporting words, using attitude words, using linking words and phrases, writing beginning and ending paragraphs, and punctuating sentences, students become aware of what constitutes a well-written text. Students also practice writing complete, cohesive texts in such exercises as writing a report based on a conversation, and writing an article based on visual information. Each unit focuses on a different type of writing: letters, stories, reports, articles, business letters and memos, and opinion essays. The text gives students valuable preparation for standard writing examinations. It includes several of the essay types used in the Test of Written English, such as writing an essay based on visual information, comparing and contrasting, and stating an opinion.