Ch 17: Essay Writing Fundamentals

About This Chapter

This comprehensive online English chapter helps you review the basics of essay writing. The chapter can be used as an effective test preparation tool, as well as a resource for strengthening your essay writing skills.

Essay Writing Fundamentals - Chapter Summary

For a quick review of essay writing fundamentals, check out this convenient online study guide chapter. The chapter is broken into short, informative and entertaining video lessons, and as you work through the chapter, you'll examine the essential parts of an essay as well as common essay types. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Write outlines, introductions, main ideas, thesis statements, topic sentences, essay bodies and conclusions
  • Describe the format of argumentative essays and the different parts of an argument
  • Outline the structure of informative essays
  • Recognize examples of objective writing
  • Assess the characteristics of narrative essays
  • Understand the format of reflective essays

In addition to the lesson content, the chapter offers plenty of self-assessments to help you reinforce your understanding of these essay concepts. The chapter is entirely self-paced, and you can access it online whenever your schedule allows. Our English composition experts are also happy to answer any questions you may have, so don't hesitate to reach out!

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: Essay Writing Fundamentals
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

1. 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 an Outline

2. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

3. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

4. 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!

Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

5. Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

Argumentative essays are kind of like superpowers: they allow you to get what you want using the superpower of persuasion. View this lesson and learn how to channel persuasion to write a good essay.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

6. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

7. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

8. Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

Literally meaning 'uninfluenced by personal feelings in representing facts,' objective writing strives to do just that. This lesson will discuss the purpose of objective writing, as well as show you how to both identify and use it to your advantage, through examples and quizzing.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

9. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

What is a Reflective Essay? - Definition, Format & Examples

10. What is a Reflective Essay? - Definition, Format & Examples

Reflective writing helps us to think more about ourselves, who we are, and how we have changed. Read on in order to find out more about what a reflective essay is and how reflective essays are written!

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