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Basics of Essay Structure - Chapter Summary
Enhance your knowledge of the basics of essay structure with help from this chapter's top instructors. They have developed bite-sized lessons you can study to grasp how to structure sentences and paragraphs, develop thesis statements and more. Once you've reached the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe the basic structure of the five-paragraph essay
- Organize your essay
- Create the main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences
- Structure sentences, paragraphs and arguments in essays
- Enhance your writing by improving sentence structure
- List tips and tricks for structuring sentences and paragraphs
Each lesson in this chapter is available in two formats: video and transcript. Watch short videos to study with help from fun visual effects, or scroll down to find full transcripts you can read online or print. With the lessons are multiple-choice quizzes designed to gauge your comprehension of essay structure basics. Access these study resources anytime using any computer, smartphone or tablet with an Internet connection.
1. 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.
2. How to Organize an Essay
In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.
3. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences
What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.
4. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.
5. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay
When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.
6. 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.
7. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
8. 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.
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