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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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