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Below is a sample breakdown of the Basics of Writing Essays 11th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| How to Write a Great Essay Quickly; |
Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
| Four steps for producing an essay when pressed for time; |
Strategies for analyzing your writing and improving your skills
|Tuesday|| Writing for Your Audience; |
How to Edit and Improve Essay Content
| Understanding the perspective and position of your reader; |
Clarifying your essay's purpose, main points and thesis statement
|Wednesday|| How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar; |
What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
| Strategies for proofreading and editing an essay; |
Using sound reasoning and avoiding generalizations in your writing
|Thursday|| Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays; |
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
| Presenting information that supports your main argument; |
Listing the major points and formulating a response in one sentence
|Friday||How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources||Using a number of credible sources to support your main arguments and ideas|
1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly
Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.
2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
3. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
4. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content
Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.
5. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
6. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.
7. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays
In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.
8. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.
9. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources
In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.
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