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Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Writing an essay in a timed environment can seem daunting, but there are steps you can take to help you in the process. In this chapter, you'll learn some techniques and tips for managing your time, structuring your essay, writing clear sentences, and proofreading for errors. Our lessons each focus on one aspect of developing and writing an essay, from thesis creation to using sources. You'll learn some common grammatical mistakes to look out for and some easy-to-follow steps for crafting strong essays. This chapter is designed to teach you:
- How to write a strong thesis statement
- How to structure an essay
- About topic and transitional sentences
- To use clear, correct grammar and spelling
|How to Write a Great Essay Quickly||Review some tips for using your time effectively so that you can complete all the steps associated with good essay writing.|
|Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay||Learn why this basic structure is important and approaches you can take to shaping your essay.|
|How to Organize an Essay||Understand the mechanics of a well-organized essay and how to tell when the writer is falling short.|
|How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay||Explore how to structure your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.|
|Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement, and Topic Sentences||Examine how a main idea differs from a thesis statement and why topic sentences are so important.|
|Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience||Review the ways in which you can grab your readers' attention and why this matters.|
|Writing an Analytical Thesis||Learn what an analytical thesis statement looks like and how to include a clear description of the central claim of your essay.|
|How to Write a Strong Essay Body||Understand how to write the body of your essay in order to ensure that you are developing your argument in a clear and unified manner.|
|How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences||Explore the importance of transitions and how to smoothly and strongly move from one paragraph to the next.|
|How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence||Examine the ways in which you can use the sources available to you in order to strengthen your essay.|
|How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar||Review proofreading techniques to use when you're finished writing to correct mistakes before turning in your essay.|
|Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing||Learn five common mistakes to look for and correct when you're proofreading your essay.|
|How to Edit and Improve Essay Content||Understand how to revise for content and clarity in your essay when you do a final check.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
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.
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Other chapters within the AP US History Textbook course
- First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE)
- Settling North America (1497-1732)
- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)
- The American Revolution (1775-1783)
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)
- The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825)
- Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850)
- Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
- Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
- American Civil War (1861-1865)
- Reconstruction (1865-1877)
- Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- Social Issues of the Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism (1890-1919)
- America in the 1920s (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression & New Deal (1929-1940)
- The US in World War ll (1941-1945)
- Post-War World (1946-1959)
- The Cold War (1950-1973)
- Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
- The 1970s (1969-1979)
- The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)
- Contemporary America (1992-2013)
- Changes in the Modern United States
- AP U.S. History: Test-Taking Skills and Prep
- Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History
- How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam