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Ch 25: Essay Writing Overview

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Brush up on your essay writing skills ahead of a test or to improve your class grades using this engaging chapter as your guide. Here, you'll find short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes designed to assist you in reaching your learning goals.

Essay Writing Overview - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we've put together a series of videos on essay writing and revision. You'll watch videos about topics such as writing logical sentences, avoiding faulty comparisons, writing a great argument and using rhetorical skills. You'll also look at the ways language and word choice set the tone of your essay and how to practice essay writing to improve. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Write a great essay in a short period of time
  • Detail the basic structure of the five-paragraph essay
  • Discuss the function of the main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences
  • Explain how to write a strong essay body
  • Evaluate evidence using sources
  • Fix mistakes in your writing through revision
  • Share the elements that make good writing
  • Improve sentence structure in writing

This chapter is self-paced so you can review these lessons at your own pace and as often as needed. Before you take an important exam, answer the questions on the lesson quizzes and chapter test to make sure you're ready. Help from one of our experts is available if you need it.

14 Lessons in Chapter 25: Essay Writing Overview
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

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.

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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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 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!

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

5. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

6. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

7. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

8. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

9. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

10. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

How to Write a Great Argument

11. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

12. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

13. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

14. 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.

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