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Ch 9: SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay

About This Chapter

Prepare for the writing portion of your SAT with our help. Review the organization of written essays with these short, video lessons and quizzes for self-assessment.

SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay - Chapter Summary

Get ready for test day by making use of our review videos and quizzes. The following crucial writing topics are included in the lessons:

  • Essay organization
  • Thesis statements and topic sentences
  • Five-paragraph essays
  • Strong essay bodies
  • Paragraph structure

You'll review effective writing techniques with the lessons that relate to the parts of essays. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson for immediate feedback.

SAT Writing Objectives

The SAT Writing and Language test is composed of a written essay and multiple-choice questions. The SAT Writing and Language test contains 44 questions that must be answered in 35 minutes.

The multiple-choice questions analyze your capabilities in the following areas:

  • Improving writing with revision and editing
  • Communicating clear and effective ideas
  • Identifying and recognizing sentence-level errors
  • Understanding grammatical structure and elements
  • Effectively using transitional phrases and words
  • Improving coherence of ideas within an essay

The written essay part of your exam looks for the following skills:

  • Following conventions of standard written English
  • Developing your point-of-view
  • Using solid reasoning and examples to support that point-of-view

Our lessons review the strategies for capturing your audience with strong thesis statements, in addition to writing effective paragraph structures.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

1. 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

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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

4. 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 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 a Strong Essay Body

6. 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. 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 Write and Use Transition Sentences

8. 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 Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

9. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

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