About This Chapter
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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Developing your essay topic||Steps and tips for developing your essay topic|
|Tuesday||Tone, 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|
|Wednesday||Brainstorming: definition and techniques||Explanation and importance of brainstorming; brainstorming with others and the value of lists|
|Thursday||Thesis 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|
|Friday||Outlining 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|
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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