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Ch 40: ACT Writing - Essay Skills: Help and Review

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The ACT Writing - Essay Skills chapter of this ACT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master essay writing skills. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of essay writing.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ACT preparation material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better ACT scores. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding how to write a strong essay
  • Need an efficient way to learn essay writing skills
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers
  • Missed class time and need to catch up
  • Can't access extra ACT review resources at school

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT Writing - Essay Skills chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT Writing - Essay Skills chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any essay skills question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • How can I edit and improve my essay content?
  • How do I identify and avoid logical fallacies?
  • What are some ways to anticipate and refute opposing views?
  • How can I write a strong personal essay?
  • What is the best way to structure an argument?

10 Lessons in Chapter 40: ACT Writing - Essay Skills: Help and Review
Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

1. 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.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

2. 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.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

3. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

Writing for Your Audience

4. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

6. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

7. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

8. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

9. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

10. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

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