Ch 7: Compass ESL: Organizing Ideas

About This Chapter

Let the video lessons in this chapter teach you how to enhance your writing by effectively organizing your ideas. After watching these videos, you'll be ready for the essay portion of the ACT Compass ESL examination.

Compass ESL - Organizing Ideas - Chapter Summary

The material in this chapter's video lessons are designed to improve your ability to group ideas so that they are easy to understand. You can discover how to use descriptive language in your writing. You'll also learn brainstorming tips and organizational techniques. After watching these videos, you could know how to:

  • Understand the importance of a central idea
  • Use supporting details and sensory language
  • Generate concepts and ideas through brainstorming
  • Build an outline that explains your essay
  • Organize an essay by sorting your main ideas on paper
  • Structure an essay argument by providing evidence
  • Improve your essay through proper editing

Use the fun, animated video lessons in this chapter to prepare for the English essay on the ACT Compass ESL examination. These lessons include quizzes as well as a chapter examination that measure your grasp of the material. You can submit your questions to instructors and refer to the written transcripts at any time.

Compass ESL - Organizing Ideas Objectives

You'll find that the material in this chapter can prepare you for the essay writing portion of the ACT Compass ESL examination. This part of the examination will assess your organizational and developmental writing skills. You'll also be assessed on your ability to focus the essay, use appropriate language and avoid errors in spelling and punctuation.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Compass ESL: Organizing Ideas
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How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

1. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

2. 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 to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

3. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

What Is Brainstorming?

4. 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

5. 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.

How to Write an Outline

6. 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.

Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

7. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!

How to Organize an Essay

8. 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.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

10. 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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