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Basics of Composition - Chapter Summary
Study these convenient and simple English lessons to review the basic components of English composition. Inside the chapter, you'll find simple and straightforward explanations of important writing rules and concepts, such as paragraph structure, transitional sentences, connective words and much more. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand the purpose and functions of paragraphs
- Know how to structure well-crafted sentences and paragraphs
- Apply varying sentence structures in your writing
- Write strong transitions, transitional sentences and connective words
We've included interactive lesson quizzes and a final chapter exam to help you solidify your understanding of composition fundamentals. The chapter also includes interactive video timelines to help you jump to specific lesson topics, as well as printable transcripts to supplement your studying experience. Use any computer or mobile device to access the lessons at your convenience.
1. Paragraphs: Definition & Rules
Almost all forms of writing are structured into paragraphs. Watch this video lesson to learn not only the definition and purpose of a paragraph but its proper structure and how to make a paragraph effective.
2. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks
Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.
3. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing
Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.
4. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences
Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.
5. How to Use Connective Words in Sentences
Want to make your writing really flow? Or perhaps you want to distinguish between two ideas or follow a train of thought? In any case, you'll need connective words to make it all possible.
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