Ch 2: English Composition Skills

About This Chapter

Understanding what makes good writing and how to structure your sentences and paragraphs will enhance your written communication skills. The engaging lessons will explain what goes into good writing and how to break down and understand it at different levels.

English Composition Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the basics of English composition. It will introduce you to important concepts like sentence and paragraph structure and clarity and will teach you how to write clearly. Additionally, you'll learn the following:

  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • How to carefully use idioms and write clearly
  • Defining logical fallacies, avoiding faulty comparisons, sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
  • The differences between dependent and independent clauses.

You can watch the short video lessons in this chapter in 5 to 10 minute chunks and test yourself with a 5 question multiple choice quiz using a mobile phone or laptop.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: English Composition Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

2. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

3. 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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

5. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

6. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. 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 Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

8. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

9. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

10. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

11. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

12. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

13. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

A predicate is a necessary component of each sentence, so it's important to know what one is and how to identify one. This lesson goes over the basics of predicates as well as how knowing about them can help answer other grammatical questions.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

14. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

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