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Ch 8: Essay Structure

About This Chapter

If it's been awhile since you've written a five-paragraph essay, the lessons in this chapter will refresh your memory. Let our professional instructors take you through the essay writing process from developing a topic to creating a solid conclusion.

Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

Check out video and text lessons to review and improve your knowledge of essay structure basics. This chapter covers the parts of an essay and how to develop a strong essay topic. Experienced instructors also go over techniques for writing effective introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions. Study all the lessons in this chapter and you should have no trouble with the following:

  • Formulating an engaging essay topic
  • Adhering to the five-paragraph essay structure
  • Creating effective introductions and conclusions
  • Developing a good thesis statement
  • Writing strong body paragraphs in essays
  • Improving existing paragraphs
  • Using transitions and transitional sentences

Whether you watch the videos on a computer or mobile device, the video and text lessons in this chapter will help you feel more comfortable when it's time to write essays or answer questions about them. Our instructors offer tips to make writing easier, and they also guide you step-by-step through examples that allow you to practice what you've learned. After reviewing the materials, look over the lesson transcripts and take the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of essay structure.

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: Essay Structure
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Developing the Essay Topic

1. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

3. 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.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

4. 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

5. 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

6. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

7. Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

The SAT has undergone some pretty big changes as of March 2016, but that doesn't mean that the skills tested in improving paragraph questions have disappeared! In this lesson, we walk through a few practice problems.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

8. 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 Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

9. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

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!

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