Ch 8: Composition Best Practices Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Composition Best Practices chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the best methods of organizing and writing a composition in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPre-writingSteps to take before beginning to write, writing prompts, brainstorming, mapping, freewriting
Tuesday Thesis developmentSteps in developing a solid thesis statement, 'should…because' structure
Wednesday Organizing and outlining an essayTopic sentences, creating an outline before writing, outline format
Thursday Writing solid sentences and paragraphsTips and tricks for good writing, transitional sentences, topic sentences
FridayCommon mistakes
Introductions and conclusions
Avoiding clichés, overly-complicated sentences, grammatical errors
Writing effective beginnings and endings for various types of compositions

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Composition Best Practices Lesson Plans
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Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

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.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

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.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

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.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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