Ch 41: ACT Writing: Parts of an Essay

About This Chapter

Review important skills necessary for writing a high-quality essay on the ACT test. Our videos guide you through the writing process to help you prepare for test day.

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.

6 Lessons in Chapter 41: ACT 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

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!

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

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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