This guide will help prepare you to clearly and effectively express ideas (in written, oral and other forms) for particular purposes and audiences, using diverse formats and settings to inform, persuade, and connect with others. It will also help you to earn ratings for all of the skills in the competency ELA.2 Expressing Ideas. This guide may be used in conjunction with other guides for specific purposes (i.e. NGE.2 Presentations, ELA.3 Writing Arguments, etc.).