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Ch 16: AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons on writing and structuring an essay and learn about introductory paragraphs, transition sentences, argument structures, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP English course.

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

VideoObjective
Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your AudienceLearn about the introductory paragraph and its components, including the thesis.
How to Write a Strong Essay BodyUnderstand how to achieve unity and coherence in well-developed body paragraphs.
How to Write and Use Transition SentencesExplore transitions between thoughts in an essay and how to write from paragraph to paragraph.
How to Write a Great Essay ConclusionLearn how to wrap up your essay by reiterating your points in a memorable closing paragraph.
How to Structure an Argument in Your EssayUnderstand sufficient evidence and possible challenges to your thesis.
How to Write a Strong Personal EssayExplore the guidelines involved in creating an effective personal essay.
How To Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several SourcesLearn about researching and using sources in an essay that makes an argument.
Writing the Rough DraftUnderstand the importance of a rough draft and the process involved in writing one.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

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!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

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!

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

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.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

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.

Writing the Rough Draft of an 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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