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AP English: Writing and Structuring an Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
After you've determined what you're going to write about, it's time to actually write the essay. In this chapter, we'll go over the different parts of the essay, from the introduction to the conclusion, and provide guidelines to help you figure out how to write effectively. You'll learn about arguments, personal essays, and rough drafts. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Craft an engaging introduction
- Write strong supporting body paragraphs
- Conclude your essay with conviction
- Persuade your target audience
- Create an effective flow throughout your essay
|Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience||Learn about the introductory paragraph and its components, including the thesis.|
|How to Write a Strong Essay Body||Understand how to achieve unity and coherence in well-developed body paragraphs.|
|How to Write and Use Transition Sentences||Explore transitions between thoughts in an essay and how to write from paragraph to paragraph.|
|How to Write a Great Essay Conclusion||Learn how to wrap up your essay by reiterating your points in a memorable closing paragraph.|
|How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay||Understand sufficient evidence and possible challenges to your thesis.|
|How to Write a Strong Personal Essay||Explore the guidelines involved in creating an effective personal essay.|
|How To Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources||Learn about researching and using sources in an essay that makes an argument.|
|Writing the Rough Draft||Understand the importance of a rough draft and the process involved in writing one.|
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay
At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.
7. Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay
The writing process begins with a topic and concludes with a polished essay. One of the crucial stages in the middle is the rough draft. This lesson outlines a procedure for getting the most benefit from that first essay draft.
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