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AP English: Essay Basics: Type of Essays - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Before you start putting your ideas down on paper, learn whether an essay designed to persuade, inform, describe, evaluate or tell a story would best suit your needs. Instructors walk you through key essay components and provide you with suggestions for each of the pre-writing and organizational stages of composition, so you can write any one of these essay types on demand. This chapter includes lessons on the following topics:
- Uses of narrative, descriptive, informative, persuasive and evaluative essays
- Organizational strategies for writing different essay types
- Uses of supporting evidence, examples and illustrative language
|Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics||Discuss characteristics of the narrative essay, including point of view, plot, climax, pacing and organization.|
|Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics||Explore the use of concrete examples and figurative language in descriptive essays. Learn some common organizational strategies.|
|Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure||Outline the use of informative essays to provide a how-to, compare and contrast, define or analyze.|
|What Is a Persuasive Essay? - Writing, Components & Quiz||Explain the components of a persuasive essay along with some of the rhetorical techniques you can use to sway your audience.|
|Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics||Identify components found in an evaluative essay, including the intro and thesis, criteria, supporting evidence and conclusion.|
1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.
2. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.
3. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure
There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.
4. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics
A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Exam Prep course
- AP English: Literary Analysis Intro
- AP English: Interpreting Literature
- AP English: Rhetorical Devices
- AP English: Poetry
- AP English: Types of Poetry
- AP English: Prose
- AP English: Prose Fiction
- AP English: American Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of American Literary Analysis
- AP English: English Literary Periods and Movements
- AP English: Examples of English Literary Analysis
- AP English: Grammar Review
- AP English - Essay Basics: Conventions in Essay Writing
- AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
- AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- AP English: Writing Revision and Skill Development
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