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Ch 6: Essay Basics: Writing an Essay

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of how to write an essay. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Essay Basics: Writing an Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you have never been much of a writer or haven't had a lot of interest in writing, the idea of writing an essay could be quite scary. Not everyone is born to write, and for many people, writing is something they just don't like to do. Some people even see it as a very difficult, almost impossible, task. The truth is that writing doesn't have to be difficult. Writing an essay can be quite easy if you just learn basic essay writing concepts. In this chapter, that's exactly what you will learn. Our instructor will teach you about some common issues people have when writing an essay and point out some common errors so you can avoid making them. Some of the things you will learn in these lessons include:

  • How to write for a specific audience
  • To engage readers
  • To make the right word choices
  • How to write clear sentences
  • To avoid faulty comparisons
  • How to use sources correctly

VideoObjective
Writing for Your Audience Find out how to write with the people who will read it in mind.
How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal Discover how to develop your essay so that it appeals to the readers.
How to Write with Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View Examine how the right word choices can help you to express your ideas better.
How to Write Logical Sentences & Avoid Faulty Comparisons Explore how good sentences can make an essay better.
Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences Analyze some tips for writing clear sentences.
How to Structure Sentences and Paragraphs in an Essay Learn the right way to structure sentences and paragraphs.
How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure Explore sentence structure.
How to Write a Great Argument Study how to analyze arguments to see if they can be made stronger.
Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays Examine how to use rhetorical skills in an essay.
How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay Find out how to set the tone of an essay.
Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays Explore how to appeal to an audience in three different ways.
How to Use Sources to Write Essays & Evaluate Evidence Learn how to best use sources.
Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article Discover how to evaluate reasoning in an essay.

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: Essay Basics: Writing an Essay
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

Writing for Your Audience

2. 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 Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

3. 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 Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

4. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

5. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

7. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

8. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

9. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How to Write a Great Argument

10. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

11. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

12. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

14. 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.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

15. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

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