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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

In addition to our videos, we provide lesson quizzes and chapter tests that help you measure your progress and mastery of the material. Links between the quizzes and the lessons provide easy access for referral, and our subject matter experts ensure that help is available when you need it.

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

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

Writing for Your Audience

2. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

4. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

5. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

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

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

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

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

8. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

9. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

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

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

11. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

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