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Ch 17: AP English: Writing & Structuring an Essay

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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 17: 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

An essay introduction should include a thesis and a form of attention-getter to capture the audience. Explore the importance and rules of introductions, different types of attention-getters, the bridge between the attention-getter and the thesis, and the thesis statement.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

2. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

Learn how to write a strong essay body by understanding what makes an essay confusing and recognizing how to organize an essay logically. Explore how to write an essay that has unity and coherence while staying on point.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

3. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Transition sentences are a vital tool to enhance the flow of well-written documents. Learn about transition sentences and understand why they are important, plus explore ways to use them between paragraphs to create writing that flows smoothly.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

4. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

The conclusion, or summary of main points, can be crucial when presenting information. In this lesson, readers will learn the importance, and elements in establishing a convincing confection by restating main points, using interesting anecdotes, acknowledging opposition, and more clever tips to make a conclusion universal.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

Some essays are used to argue a perspective and persuade an audience. Learn how to structure and organize an argument in an essay and recognize the components needed to create a strong argument.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

6. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

There are many reasons to write a personal essay in academic settings and the best ones have a clear purpose. Learn how to write a strong personal essay by identifying your purpose, narrowing your scope, editing your ideas, and not meandering.

Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay

7. Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay

The writing process for starting the rough draft of an essay can be complicated. Discover how to write the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion of a rough draft in this lesson.

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