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Ch 8: Essay Composition Best Practices: Theory & Application

About This Chapter

If you need to improve your essay composition skills, take a look at these simple and fun English composition lessons. The chapter's short lessons and quizzes are great resources for anyone who needs to write better essays, prepare for a writing-based exam or improve their overall writing skills.

Essay Composition Best Practices: Theory & Application - Chapter Summary

Strengthen your essay writing skills with this chapter on essay composition best practices. As you progress through the chapter, you'll become familiar with composition theory and the applications of a variety of writing techniques. Our instructors show you how to avoid common writing mistakes, use rhetorical skills, respond to essay prompts and craft a good essay in a short period of time. Be sure to take the chapter's self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand these composition topics. You can access the chapter at any time using your computer, smartphone or tablet. This chapter can help you:

  • Write a strong essay quickly
  • Improve your essay-writing skills
  • Understand effective prewriting techniques
  • Craft better introductions and conclusions
  • Use rhetorical skills in your essays
  • Improve reading comprehension and understand an essay's main concepts
  • Determine the meaning of words using context
  • Avoid common writing pitfalls
  • Respond to composition writing prompts

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Essay Composition Best Practices: Theory & Application
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

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.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

3. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

4. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

5. 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.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

6. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

Composition Writing Prompts

7. Composition Writing Prompts

To help students practice their composition writing, it is important for you to give them plenty of practice. This lesson includes some composition writing prompts that you can use in your classroom.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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