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Ch 9: Composition Best Practices: Theory and Application

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Watch online English video lessons and learn about pre-writing exercises, essay organization, proofreading strategies and more. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of the concepts.

Composition Best Practices: Theory and Application - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

You have a lot of great ideas floating around in your head, but how do you go about transforming them into a well-written essay? Making the most of brainstorming techniques is a good place to start. Our experienced instructors can also show you how to build an effective outline, keep an eye out for common grammatical errors and select the right type of source materials, all with the sole purpose of helping you craft an accomplished essay. Take advantage of their expertise and use this chapter to learn about:

  • Pre-writing and organizational strategies
  • Components of an effective thesis
  • Introductory, body and concluding paragraph structure
  • Tips for avoiding common writing errors

Video Objectives
Effective Pre-Writing: Instructions and Examples Explore the steps involved in pre-writing an essay, including interpreting the prompt, brainstorming, determining a topic and deciding what kinds of research materials to use.
Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions Find out how you can build on pre-writing exercises to develop an effective thesis statement.
Essay Organization and Outline Building Examine the importance of putting together an essay outline before beginning to write. Learn how to write topic sentences, include supporting evidence for your thesis and write the intro and conclusion last.
Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks Get tips for writing your essay's body paragraphs. Learn how to develop sound sentence and paragraph structure.
Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Familiarize yourself with frequent mistakes beginning writers make, including clichés and overly ornate sentences. Become aware of common grammatical errors and learn how to fix them.
Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice Discover how to create effective intros and conclusions in different types of essays.

12 Lessons in Chapter 9: Composition Best Practices: Theory and Application
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.

Informative Essay Example for College Composition I

9. Informative Essay Example for College Composition I

This is a sample essay on the pros and cons of video games with references and explanations that will help you write a great informative essay.

Narrative Essay Example for College Composition I

10. Narrative Essay Example for College Composition I

This is a sample essay on an awesome party with explanations that will help you write a great narrative essay.

Argumentative Essay Example for College Composition I

11. Argumentative Essay Example for College Composition I

This is a sample essay on whether aliens are out there with explanations that will help you write a great argumentative essay.

Composition Writing Prompts

12. 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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