Ch 4: Parts of an Essay

About This Chapter

Watch college composition video lessons and learn about the various parts that make up an essay, including tips and advice on how to write or create each part. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these composition topics.

Parts of an Essay

As you begin learning about essay writing, a good place to start is with the development of ideas. Arguably the most important part of an essay is a good topic or main idea. You'll need to learn about developing a good topic through brainstorming. Let our lessons teach you how to brainstorm and why it can be a great help when writing an essay. Also take a look at how you can engage readers and make them want to read what you write. Find out how developing appeal will help you to keep readers engaged when they read.

Once you have an idea in place and you know what you'll write about, it's time to create a thesis statement. We have a lesson that will show you what a thesis statement is and why it is an important part of a good essay. Learn how to write a statement in order to create a solid foundation for your essay. Then watch our lesson that covers outline creation so you can take that thesis statement and turn it into a blueprint for your essay. An outline gives you a concrete path of organized ideas for your essay to follow so writing it becomes easy.

Some other important elements of an essay that our lessons cover include transition sentences and arguments. In order to write an essay that will be easy to read and interesting, you need to have transition sentences. These sentences allow you to go from one idea to the next in a smooth manner that's easy to read. Our lessons will explain everything about how these sentences work and how you can develop and use them. Also included in our lessons is a discussion on creating and using arguments to give your essay appeal.

Finally, we have lessons that cover the main structure of an essay. You'll watch lessons that explain the basic essay structure and how to use the typical five-paragraph form to shape your own essays. You'll study introductions and find out how to capture your reader's attention right away so they continue reading. You don't want to lose your readers in the body of the essay, so our lesson on how to write a strong essay body will ensure your readers are captivated to the end. However, you can't give readers an interesting introduction and a strong body and then leave them hanging at the end. Find out through our lessons how to end your essay on a high note. Thanks for watching!

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: Parts of an Essay
How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

1. 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.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

3. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

5. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Write an Outline

6. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

7. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

8. 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

9. 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 and Use Transition Sentences

10. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

11. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

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