About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 11th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the basics of writing essays. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the basics of writing essays. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about writing for an audience, focusing an essay, dealing with audience opposition or editing and proofreading essays.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade Unit Objectives:
- Learn to write a strong essay quickly.
- Discuss how to write for a particular audience.
- Identify how to edit essays for improvement.
- Detail the steps in proofreading essays for grammar and spelling.
- Explore logical fallacies and their avoidance.
- Show how to anticipate and refute audience opposition.
- Practice essay focus and response to essay prompts.
- Map out how to write persuasive essays by using several sources.
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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Other chapters within the 11th Grade English: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Medieval Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Gothic and Romantic Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- 19th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- 20th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- African American Writers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Dramatic Works for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Literature
- Literary Terms for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Essays in 11th Grade: Homeschool Education
- Using Source Materials: Homeschool Curriculum
- Conventions in Writing - Usage: Homeschool Curriculum
- Capitalization & Spelling: Homeschool Curriculum
- Elements of Grammar: Homeschool Curriculum
- Usage: Homeschool Curriculum
- Punctuation in Writing: Homeschool Curriculum