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Ch 17: Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons on the basics of writing essays in 11th grade and learn about writing timed essays, editing your work, proofreading grammar and more.

Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade - Chapter Summary and Lesson Objectives

In this chapter, you'll learn how to write for different audiences in a timed situation. Lessons also cover editing and proofreading strategies that can catch spelling and other grammatical errors. You can practice how to properly answer an essay prompt and gain experience writing persuasive and argumentative essays. This chapter is designed to teach you how to:

  • Write and proofread an article in a timed situation
  • Avoid logical fallacies in writing
  • Refute opposing views in an essay
  • Correctly respond to an essay prompt

Video Objective
How to Write a Great Essay Quickly Produce a well-written essay in a short amount of time.
Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing Complete practice essays to hone your writing skills.
Writing for Your Audience Properly directing an essay to a certain audience of readers.
How to Edit and Improve Essay Content Learn to edit an essay to improve the content.
How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar Proofread an essay to eliminate typos and grammar errors.
What Are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify, and Avoid Them Understand what logical fallacies are and how to avoid them in writing.
Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays Learn how to anticipate and rebut a conflicting view through writing.
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt Directly answer an essay prompt through writing.
How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources Produce a persuasive essay backed by multiple sources.

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

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.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

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.

Writing for Your Audience

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.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

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.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

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.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

6. 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.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

7. 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.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

8. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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