Ch 6: CBASE English: Essay Writing

About This Chapter

You may be required to write an essay as part of the CBASE English exam. If so, you will find the lessons in this chapter a particularly useful guide that will help you design, compose and present a well-written essay.

CBASE English: Essay Writing - Chapter Summary

Let the information in these videos help you refresh your ability to put together a well-crafted essay. The lessons include the information shown:

  • Identifying your audience
  • Composing an essay quickly and effectively
  • Rhetoric and detail in essay writing
  • Word choice, language and diction
  • Structuring sentences and paragraphs
  • Critiquing your writing; editing and proofreading

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CBASE English: Essay Writing Chapter Objectives

In order to enter a professional education program at many universities, you must achieve a passing grade on the CBASE English exam. This chapter aligns directly with the written essay component on the exam.

There are 180 multiple-choice questions on the CBASE test. You are given a passage to read and a list of options from which you must choose the one that most appropriately or correctly answers the question. Further, you may be required to compose an essay as part of the exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: CBASE English: Essay Writing
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Sometimes academic exams and other situations, such as job interviews, require you to write a timed essay. Learn the four steps that will enable you to write a great essay quickly while under pressure, including understand the question, outline major points, write the introduction and conclusion last, and edit your essay.

Writing for Your Audience

2. Writing for Your Audience

To be effective, essays and other documents should be written to appeal to their target audience. Learn how to write for an audience by considering fundamental characteristics such as positions, perspectives, and knowledge of the most likely readers.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

To be well-written, essays and other documents must be well organized. Learn about tools such as titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, and transition statements. Understand how to use these to organize and produce well-written essays.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

4. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

Rhetoric can be an effective technique to persuade an audience. Learn about rhetoric, including its purpose and ways to use it. Understand how to use rhetoric in writing and develop rhetorical writing skills that lead to better essays by knowing the purpose of your writing and applying rhetorical skills.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

5. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Supporting details give your topic sentence the credibility needed to be effective. Depending on your intention, you can support your topic with reasons and explanations, facts, or even contrasting ideas. Learn to identify the various types of supporting details and how to use each.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

6. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

The word choice and the language of an essay play a key role in setting the tone of the essay and letting readers know exactly what is meant to be said. Learn how using different words can change the tone of sentences and how punctuation helps readers to know how the message is intended to be communicated by the author.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

7. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Proper word choice can change the feel of a piece of writing as interesting, specific, and unique words can set the tone and establish the ways characters think for the reader. Learn how to write with good diction to develop style and tone and point-of-view.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

8. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Learn how to structure the four types of sentences in a well-written essay or other documents, which are simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Understand when and how to use each type of sentence to develop a well-written essay.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

9. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

In an essay, sentence structure should flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. Explore how to then organize clear paragraphs that capture a reader's interest with maximum impact in an essay.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

10. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

There isn't a specific answer to what makes writing good, but you can take some things into consideration to improve your writing. Learn how to write well by coming up with great ideas, using specific examples, giving organization and clarity to your ideas, giving your writings a good style and voice, and being careful with your spelling, punctuation, and grammar to prevent readers from distracting.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

11. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Sometimes essays need to be revised. Learn some key points and principles that can help you evaluate your essay content and determine how to edit and improve it. Explore how to ensure your essay's purpose is clear, with an effective thesis statement supported by well-organized and well-supported main points.

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