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Ch 8: Compass ESL: Essay Writing

About This Chapter

Learn how to compose strong, well-written essays using standard American English. In this chapter, our brief and engaging video lessons explain the principles of essay writing to help you prepare for the essay portion of the Compass ESL test.

Compass ESL Essay Writing - Chapter Summary

Watch video lessons that show you how to master each portion of an essay, including the introduction, body, and conclusion. This chapter covers the following methods for learning to write well-developed essays:

  • Choosing a topic and establishing a thesis statement
  • Using the five-paragraph essay model
  • Composing a strong essay body
  • Structuring paragraphs in an effective manner
  • Incorporating transitions to enhance flow
  • Writing powerful conclusions

Our professional instructors lead each lesson to show you how to effectively use these principles, among others, when composing your essays. The video lessons are fun and engaging and help you to retain writing concepts to prepare you for the essay portion of the Compass ESL exam.

Objectives of the Compass ESL Essay Writing Chapter

The subjects in this Compass ESL essay writing chapter adhere to the essay portion of the exam, which is designed to assess your writing skills in terms of organization, focus, use of language, development, and mechanics. Each of these criteria will be measured on a scale of 1-6 and weighted to factor into your total score. Our self-assessment quizzes test your knowledge of essay writing as you prepare for the exam.

A writing prompt will be provided for you on the exam, which may present a scenario or dilemma for which you must establish a position and present your supporting ideas in a clear and organized essay. Well-written essays should feature a valid thesis with supporting details, include transitions, and have a strong conclusion.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Compass ESL: Essay Writing
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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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

5. 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 a Strong Essay Body

6. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. 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.

Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

8. Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

The SAT has undergone some pretty big changes as of March 2016, but that doesn't mean that the skills tested in improving paragraph questions have disappeared! In this lesson, we walk through a few practice problems.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

9. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

10. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

11. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

Chapter Practice Exam
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