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Ch 3: How to Revise an Essay

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons with short quizzes to check for understanding in your study of how to write effective compositions. Learn the proper methods for writing, revising and editing essays.

Revising an Essay

Revising an essay can be tricky. In fact, revision is one step in the essay process that students often skip. This is a huge mistake because it is in the revision process that essays can go from okay to outstanding. Let our lessons on how to revise an essay teach you some important points to follow to ensure the revision process is smooth and helps you to improve your essay or any essay you may be revising.

To start off, you can learn in our lessons about evaluating an essay's main idea. You'll see how to review the topic sentences and make sure the main idea stands out. Additionally, our lessons will touch on the tone of an essay and how to ensure it matches the audience and brings the right focus on the topic.

Structure is important to a good essay, so as you revise, you will look at the mechanics of the essay. We have a lesson on essay organization that will help you to see where the structure may fall short and allow you to ensure the essay is organized. You'll also watch a lesson on using sources correctly.

Our video lessons will cover the structure of sentences and paragraphs. You'll learn about how to use sentence structure to improve an essay. Find out how sentence structure can create a smooth flow as an essay is read. Go over transitions in our lessons, as well. See how word choice and language can also affect the reader's experience.

As you revise, you'll need to think about the point of view. Discover how to identify the point of view and determine what point of view an essay has. Also explore the concepts of logos, ethos and pathos. These three approaches allow you to speak to the reader through a logical argument, from credibility or through an emotional connection. You'll also watch a lesson that explains how to use rhetorical skills to make an essay better and how to create a great argument. Our lessons will also help you to evaluate the reasoning in an essay.

Once you have read through an essay and determined what needs to be fixed, you'll need to check out our lesson on fixing any mistakes. You'll learn about the five common sentence errors and how to fix them as you revise an essay.

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: How to Revise an Essay
Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

1. 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.

How to Organize an Essay

2. 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 Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

3. 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

4. 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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

5. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

6. 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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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 Evaluate Reasoning

12. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

13. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

14. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

15. 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.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Providing Feedback

16. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Providing Feedback

In this lesson, we will examine specific focus areas of concentration for peer reviewing an essay for content. Further, we will inspect a sample essay for which we will provide sample feedback.

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