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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a basics of writing an essay unit of a standard NY Regents Exam - Comprehensive English course. Topics covered include:
- Focusing an essay and responding to an essay prompt
- Writing for an audience
- Engaging readers by developing appeal
- Using good diction
- Writing logical sentences to avoid faulty comparisons
- Writing clear sentences
- Structuring sentences and paragraphs in an essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Writing better by improving sentence structure
- Creating a great argument
- Using rhetorical skills to write better essays
- Using word choice and language to set the tone of your essay
- Appealing to your essay audience through logos, ethos and pathos
- Using sources to write essays and evaluate evidence
- Evaluating reasoning in essays and articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
12. 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.
13. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
14. Active Voice: Definition & Examples
Using the 'active voice' in grammar means the subject of your sentence performs the action of the verb. In this lesson, we'll learn the difference between active and passive voice and how using the active voice can make your writing better.
15. How to Improve Writing Skills
Does expressing yourself through the written word provide you with freedom of expression or frustration? If writing is a challenge for you, or you would just like to improve your skills, read this lesson for several concrete recommendations.
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Other chapters within the Comprehensive English: Help and Review course
- Sentence Structure: Elements of Grammar: Help and Review
- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar: Help and Review
- Usage in English: Help and Review
- Organization: Help and Review
- Writing Mechanics: Help and Review
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization: Help and Review
- Reading & Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning: Help and Review
- Figurative Language: Help and Review
- Examples of Literary Analysis: Help and Review