About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Essay Parts chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal; |
What is Brainstorming?;
Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
| Utilizing appeals to support your argument; |
The reasons for and the effects of brainstorming;
Exploring brainstorming strategies
|Tuesday|| What is a Thesis Statement?; |
How to Write a Thesis Statement
| Clearing up misconceptions about the thesis; |
Tips for writing and revising a thesis statement
|Wednesday|| How to Write an Outline; |
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
| The process of creating an outline, and a look at the different types of outlines; |
The components of an essay, including the introduction, body and conclusion
|Thursday|| Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience; |
How to Write a Strong Essay Body
| Writing a captivating introduction; |
Tips for constructing and unifying paragraphs
|Friday|| How to Write and Use Transition Sentences; |
How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
| Choosing the right transition words and phrases; |
Organizing your argument and building evidence to support it
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
4. What is a Thesis Statement?
Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.
8. 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.
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
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