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Ch 2: Basics of Writing Essays

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of writing an essay. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of the fundamentals of writing essays.

When you are trying to write an essay under a time limit - be it a timed test or an assignment that is due in a few days - it can be difficult to produce quality work. Many common mistakes are made when essays are written in a hurry, but that doesn't have to be the case. In this chapter, you'll learn tips on how to write a high quality essay fast, how to make sure your essay is focused on the right audience and editing tricks to polish your essay. Our lessons will also introduce you to common errors and help you to identify and prevent them. Some of the things you will have learned by the end of this chapter include:

  • Proofreading basics
  • How to identify a logical fallacy
  • How to address opposing views in an essay
  • How to respond to an essay prompt
  • To use multiple sources when writing a persuasive essay
  • That practice will make your writing better

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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly Discover tricks that will help you to write fast yet good.
Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing Learn how practice makes perfect when it comes to writing.
Writing for Your Audience Examine how to write for the correct audience.
How to Edit and Improve Essay Content Explore how editing can improve your essay.
How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar Analyze proofreading tactics you can use to improve your essays.
What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them Define logical fallacies and learn how to avoid them.
Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays Take a look at how to anticipate and address opposition from your audience.
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt Discover how to properly address the essay prompt you are given.
How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources Examine how to write a persuasive essay.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Basics of Writing Essays
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.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

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.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

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.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

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.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

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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