Ch 17: Developing & Writing an Essay

About This Chapter

Get simple and straightforward training in developing and writing essays through these brief video lessons. Each lesson covers a key step in the essay development and writing process to make learning fun and easy.

Developing & Writing an Essay - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide you with all the info you need to develop and write essays. You'll uncover the key components needed to develop an essay topic and study methods for structuring sentences, writing essay bodies and using sources. You'll also take a look at different types of essays, including descriptive, informative and evaluative. These videos help you understand:

  • The 5-paragraph essay
  • Structure and characteristics of narrative and other essay types
  • Methods for writing persuasive essays
  • Argument structure in an essay
  • Ways to focus your essay
  • Importance of word choice and language
  • Use of sources to evaluate evidence and write essays

Our videos are taught by experienced instructors who use animations and graphics to bring these concepts to life. Each lesson comes with a quiz that you can use to gauge your comprehension of the material. If you miss an answer or are unclear on a topic, video tags can refer you back quickly and easily to main points in the video for review. Transcripts are also available if you want to read along.

13 Lessons in Chapter 17: Developing & Writing an Essay
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Developing the Essay Topic

1. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

2. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

3. 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 Write a Strong Essay Body

4. 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!

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

5. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

6. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

7. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

8. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

9. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

10. 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 Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

11. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

12. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

13. 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.

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