About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about ways to write essays. There is no faster or easier way to learn about beginning the writing process. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn brainstorming, essay structure, tone and purpose, thesis statement identification and outline writing.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP 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 Beginning the Writing Process exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Beginning the Writing Process Unit Objectives:
- Learn methods for cultivating a thesis topic.
- Understand the importance of an essay outline.
- Develop brainstorming techniques.
- Connect with audience and establish tone.
- Identify the thesis statement among complex content.
1. What Is Brainstorming?
You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.
2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
3. What is a Thesis Statement?
Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.
4. How to Write a Thesis Statement
Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.
5. How to Write an Outline
Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.
6. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Language: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Basic Essay Reading - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rhetorical Devices - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing & Structuring an Essay - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing Revision & Skill Development - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Conventions in Essay Writing - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Using Source Materials - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum