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Ch 29: Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay: Tutoring Solution

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The Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay chapter of this AP US History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning how to formulate and write your essay for this test. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the essay writing and development processes required in a typical AP US history course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other AP US history work.
  • Identify the AP exam essay development and writing concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our AP US history tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn how to develop and write their AP exam essay and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding how to write a thesis, structure paragraphs, edit essay content, write topic sentences, organize an essay or any other AP exam essay development and writing topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their history learning
  • Prefer learning history visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their AP exam essay development and writing unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in AP US history
  • Don't have access to their history teacher outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the structure of the basic 5-paragraph essay.
  • Learn how to structure sentences and paragraphs in an essay to maximize their impact.
  • Capture your audience with your essay thesis.
  • Understand how to write transitional sentences and make strong transitions.
  • Proofread essays for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Edit and improve the content of your essays.
  • Learn how to fix mistakes in your writing.
  • Use sources to evaluate evidence and write essays.
  • Understand how to write strong essay bodies.
  • Explain the difference between a main idea and a thesis statement.
  • Describe what makes a well-organized essay.
  • Be able to write great essays quickly.

12 Lessons in Chapter 29: Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay: Tutoring Solution
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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.

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.

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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

4. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

6. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

7. 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 Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

8. 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 Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

9. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

10. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

11. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

12. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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