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  1. Create a scratch outline that could serve as a guide if you were to write an essay about your goals for the year ahead. (Approximately 150 words).
  2. Refer to Activity #12 on page 73 of the textbook. Read each of the essay statements and select the ones that can be developed into an essay. Write out the central point and topic sentences for each, and summarize in a few words the supporting material that would fit under each topic sentence. (Approximately 50 words each – 250 words total)
  3. Refer to Activity #15 “Writing a Thesis Statement” on page 75 of the textbook. Write a thesis for each group of supporting statements.   (Approximately 100 words total) 
  4. Explain why writing is described as “a process?” Name the steps in the writing process. (500 words)