Ch 19: Essay Organization, Development & Presentation

About This Chapter

You'll review how to write an essay, from outline to finished product in this chapter. You'll also study how to write a thesis statement and organize the body of your essay.

Essay Organization, Development and Presentation - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you understand how to craft an essay and present it in multiple formats. You'll cover writing an outline, crafting strong topic sentences and shaping the body of an essay. By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Write a thesis that captures your audience
  • Organize your writing for purpose, task and audience
  • Structure an outline and brainstorm
  • Develop a strong essay body
  • Use transition sentences
  • Conclude an essay effectively
  • Proofread an essay for spelling and grammar
  • Edit and improve essay content

This study guide is broken down into short video lessons with accompanying self-assessment quizzes. Each lesson is less than ten minutes long and features an interactive timeline so you can quickly jump to key topics. The lessons also come with written transcripts that you can use to follow along or as a reference after you've watched the video.

12 Lessons in Chapter 19: Essay Organization, Development & Presentation
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What Is Brainstorming?

1. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

2. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Write an Outline

4. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

5. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

6. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

7. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

8. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

9. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

10. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

11. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

12. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

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