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Ch 30: Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay

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Watch video lessons on developing and writing your AP exam essay and learn essay structure, sentence basics, transitions, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP World History course.

Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Writing an essay in a timed environment can seem daunting, but there are steps you can take to help you in the process. In this chapter, you'll learn some techniques and tips for managing your time, structuring your essay, writing clear sentences, and proofreading for errors. Our lessons each focus on one aspect of developing and writing an essay, from thesis creation to using sources. You'll learn some common grammatical mistakes to look out for and some easy-to-follow steps for crafting strong essays. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • How to write a strong thesis statement
  • How to structure an essay
  • About topic and transitional sentences
  • To use clear, correct grammar and spelling

VideoObjective
How to Write a Great Essay QuicklyReview some tips for using your time effectively so that you can complete all the steps associated with good essay writing.
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph EssayLearn why this basic structure is important and approaches you can take to shaping your essay.
How to Organize an EssayUnderstand the mechanics of a well-organized essay and how to tell when the writer is falling short.
How to Structure Paragraphs in an EssayExplore how to structure your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.
Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement, and Topic SentencesExamine how a main idea differs from a thesis statement and why topic sentences are so important.
Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your AudienceReview the ways in which you can grab your readers' attention and why this matters.
Writing an Analytical ThesisLearn what an analytical thesis statement looks like and how to include a clear description of the central claim of your essay.
How to Write a Strong Essay BodyUnderstand how to write the body of your essay in order to ensure that you are developing your argument in a clear and unified manner.
How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional SentencesExplore the importance of transitions and how to smoothly and strongly move from one paragraph to the next.
How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate EvidenceExamine the ways in which you can use the sources available to you in order to strengthen your essay.
How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and GrammarReview proofreading techniques to use when you're finished writing to correct mistakes before turning in your essay.
Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your WritingLearn five common mistakes to look for and correct when you're proofreading your essay.
How to Edit and Improve Essay ContentUnderstand how to revise for content and clarity in your essay when you do a final check.

12 Lessons in Chapter 30: Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay
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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

4. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

6. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

7. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

8. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

9. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

11. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

12. 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.

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