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AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing - Chapter Summary
Improve your composition writing skills through this chapter's tutorial video lessons. They can prepare you for the AEPA Middle Grades ELA examination by reminding you of strategies for developing essay introductions, bodies and conclusions. You can also explore the importance of essay organization. Review these online video lessons in order to prepare for exam questions on:
- Outline building strategies
- How to develop a thesis statement and introduction
- Strategies for engaging readers
- The use of transition sentences
- Tips for structuring an argument
- Best practices for introducing and concluding paragraphs
- Common writing pitfalls
Benefit from these interactive video lessons by studying online whenever it's convenient, or by printing out lesson worksheets and learning offline. The instructors not only teach the lessons, but they can answer your submitted questions on composition writing. Use video tags to pause the lessons, or check out the corresponding written transcripts. When you're ready, take the brief quizzes that determine how well you've retained the information.
1. Essay Organization and Outline Building
Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
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 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.
7. 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.
8. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice
Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.
9. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.
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