About This Chapter
ACT Writing: Parts of an Essay - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter go over the basic parts of an essay. You'll be even better prepared to write a well-crafted essay after completing these review topics:
- Basic organization of essays
- Writing strong thesis statements
- Paragraph structure in essays
Our short videos and quizzes will give you practice structuring basic five-paragraph essays. You'll learn to nail down your main idea, form an attention-getting thesis statement and write strong topic sentences.
ACT Writing Objectives
The ACT writing test is sometimes optional, though some schools require this section. Please check with the college of your choice for requirements. The test requires you to write an essay based on a writing 'prompt,' or question, in 30 minutes. Essays should strive to meet the following objectives:
- Express judgments by taking a position
- Develop a position through logical reasoning and support
- Organize ideas logically
- Maintain focus on the topic
- Use clear language, according to rules of standard written English
When possible, address what others might say against your point of view, to present a counterargument. Varied sentence structures, specific examples and precise word choices are also important factors in top essays. Strong conclusions that summarize positions make excellent endings. Two trained reviewers evaluate your essay and score it comprehensively. Individual scores range from 1-6, and the total is the sum of both reviewers' scores.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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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Other chapters within the ACT Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- ACT: About the Test
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- ACT English: Punctuation
- ACT English: Grammar and Usage
- ACT English: Sentence Structure
- ACT English: Rhetorical Strategy
- ACT English: Organization
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- ACT Math: Inequalities
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- ACT Math: Data and Statistics
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- ACT Math: Rational Equations and Expressions
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- ACT Math: Complex Numbers
- ACT Math: Exponentials and Logarithms
- ACT Math: Coordinate Geometry
- ACT Math: Conic Sections
- ACT Math: Triangles
- ACT Math: Plane Geometry
- ACT Math: Logic in Mathematics
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- ACT Reading: Overview
- ACT Reading: Question Types
- ACT Reading: Understanding Reading Passages
- ACT Reading: Literary Terms
- ACT Reading: Practice
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- ACT Writing: Planning and Writing
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