About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Composition Best Practices 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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Pre-writing||Steps to take before beginning to write, writing prompts, brainstorming, mapping, freewriting|
|Tuesday||Thesis development||Steps in developing a solid thesis statement, 'should…because' structure|
|Wednesday||Organizing and outlining an essay||Topic sentences, creating an outline before writing, outline format|
|Thursday||Writing solid sentences and paragraphs||Tips and tricks for good writing, transitional sentences, topic sentences|
Introductions and conclusions
| Avoiding clichés, overly-complicated sentences, grammatical errors |
Writing effective beginnings and endings for various types of compositions
1. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples
You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.
2. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions
One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.
3. Essay Organization and Outline Building
Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.
4. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks
Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.
5. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.
6. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice
Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.
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