Ch 15: Beginning the Writing Process Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Beginning the Writing Process chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach essay writing 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
Monday Developing an essay topic;
An essay's tone, audience and purpose
How to develop a topic for an essay;
How to achieve the right tone, understand the readers and define the purpose of an essay
Tuesday Definition of brainstorming; brainstorming techniquesWhat brainstorming is and how it can help with essay writing;
Freewriting;
Brainstorming strategies for position and synthesis papers;
Techniques for timed tests
Wednesday Definition of a thesis statement;
How to write a thesis statement
Misconceptions about thesis statements;
Thesis statements for various types of essays;
Tips for constructing a thesis statement;
Essay prompts
Thursday OutlinesWhy outlines are useful;
Types of outlines
Friday Essay structureThe five-paragraph essay;
Parts of an essay;
Transitions

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: Beginning the Writing Process Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Developing the Essay Topic

1. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

2. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

What Is Brainstorming?

3. 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

4. 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?

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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