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Ch 15: AP English: Beginning the Writing Process

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Watch video lessons on beginning the writing process and learn about thesis statements, essay prompts, outlines, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

AP English: Beginning the Writing Process - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Getting started on that essay assignment can be the hardest part of the process. In this chapter, our instructors will provide you with tools, tips, and tricks to help you in the initial essay stages. You'll learn how to respond to a topic, brainstorm ideas, and write a thesis statement. The lessons offer plenty of examples to help you understand the concepts. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Write an effective thesis statement
  • Outline your essay before starting to write
  • Understand essay prompts
  • Brainstorm ideas for your essays

VideoObjective
Developing the Essay TopicLearn how to develop an essay prompt into a topic you can write about.
Tone, Audience, and Purpose in EssaysUnderstand how to create an appropriate tone for your audience and purpose in an essay.
What is Brainstorming?Explore the brainstorming process and how it can help you in your essay writing.
Techniques for Brainstorming Great IdeasLearn five techniques for brainstorming, both when you have plenty of time and are taking a timed test.
What is a Thesis Statement?Understand what a thesis is, when you need one, and what they look like.
How to Write a Thesis StatementExplore the essential components of thesis statements and how to write them well.
How to Write an OutlineLearn about outlining as an effective essay-writing tool.
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph EssayUnderstand the traditional essay structure and why it is so effective.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: AP English: Beginning the Writing Process
Developing the Essay Topic

1. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

2. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

What Is Brainstorming?

3. 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

4. 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?

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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