Ch 4: Beginning the Writing Process: AP English Language Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Beginning the Writing Process chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach essay and thesis development in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Beginning the Writing Process 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayDeveloping your essay topicSteps and tips for developing your essay topic
TuesdayTone, audience and purpose in essays Deciding on an appropriate tone for your essay, familiarizing yourself with your audience and focusing on the purpose of your essay
WednesdayBrainstorming: definition and techniquesExplanation and importance of brainstorming; brainstorming with others and the value of lists
ThursdayThesis statements: definition and writing Characteristics of a thesis statement, essays that require a thesis statement and steps for writing a thesis statement with or without an essay prompt
FridayOutlining and writing the 5-paragraph essay Summary of the three types of outlines and their importance; overview of the parts and organization of the 5-paragraph essay

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Beginning the Writing Process: AP English Language Lesson Plans
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What Is Brainstorming?

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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

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.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

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.

How to Write an Outline

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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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