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Ch 13: AP English: Essay Basics: Types of Essay

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Watch online English video lessons and learn about narrative, descriptive, persuasive, informative and evaluative essays. These lessons are just a portion of Study.com's AP English course.

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

Video Objectives
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.

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