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Ch 10: Essay Basics - Essay Writing: Tutoring Solution

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The Essay Basics - Essay Writing chapter of this CAHSEE English Exam Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the basics of essay writing for the CAHSEE Exam. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the structural and conceptual elements involving essay writing required in a typical CAHSEE English Exam review course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other CAHSEE English Exam work.
  • Identify the essay 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 CAHSEE English Exam tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn essay writing and earn passing scores on the CAHSEE Exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding how to focus essays, engage with readers, vary sentence structure or any other essay writing topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their English review for the exam
  • Prefer learning English visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their essay basics - essay writing review unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead on the CAHSEE English Exam
  • Don't have access to their English teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning essay writing simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
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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

  • Learn how to focus your essay and respond to the prompt.
  • Understand how to write for your audience.
  • Pick and develop an appeal in order to engage readers.
  • Develop tone, style and point-of-view using good diction.
  • Write logical sentences and avoid faulty comparisons.
  • Be able to write clear sentences.
  • Explain how to structure sentences and paragraphs in an essay.
  • Learn how to use varied sentence structure.
  • Improve your sentence structure in order to write better.
  • Understand how to write great arguments.
  • Write better essays using rhetorical skills.
  • Explain how the tone of an essay is set by word choice and language.
  • Describe the different ways you can appeal to an audience in essays.
  • Evaluate evidence and write essays using sources.

16 Lessons in Chapter 10: Essay Basics - Essay Writing: Tutoring Solution
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How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

2. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

3. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

4. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

5. 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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

7. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

8. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

9. 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 to Write a Great Argument

10. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

11. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

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.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

14. 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.

How to Teach Writing

15. How to Teach Writing

This lesson will focus on ways to teach students the writing process and will provide engaging ways to teach steps of the writing process and organize ideas while writing.

Style Guides: Formats & Examples

16. Style Guides: Formats & Examples

Find out what style guides are and what they're used for. Learn about types of style guides and which disciplines use them. Read the lesson and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

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