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Ch 9: Academic Writing Skills

About This Chapter

Review this chapter for a quick and effective way to brush up on essay writing skills and practices. These lessons are a great way for you to study for English class tests or prepare for student assessment or credit-granting exams.

Academic Writing Skills - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review practices for prewriting and writing an effective essay. You can study lessons that discuss how to write introductions and conclusions, use the right words in context and avoid writing pitfalls. Video and text lessons provide expert instruction and are accessible at all times and from any device. Ensure that you have learned everything you need to learn by taking self-assessment quizzes as you move from one lesson to the next. Once your study of this chapter is complete, you should be able to:

  • Understand how to improve your writing through writing practices
  • Describe how to apply prewriting methods
  • Write strong essay introductions and conclusions
  • Use rhetorical skills
  • Understand the gist of essays and improve your reading comprehension
  • Recognize common writing pitfalls

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Academic Writing Skills
How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

3. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

4. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

5. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

6. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

7. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

8. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

Composition Writing Prompts

9. Composition Writing Prompts

To help students practice their composition writing, it is important for you to give them plenty of practice. This lesson includes some composition writing prompts that you can use in your classroom.

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