Ch 5: Essay Writing Strategies

About This Chapter

Check out this English study resource to review effective essay writing strategies. These bite-sized lessons can help you improve your writing skills, prepare for essay-based exams and boost your English grades.

Essay Writing Strategies - Chapter Summary

Use this collection of English composition lessons to improve your essay writing skills. The chapter outlines several strategies that can help you write stronger sentences, paragraphs, introductions and conclusions. You'll also study a variety of narrative and stylistic techniques that can improve the quality of your essays. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Identify the characteristics of informal and reflective essays
  • Focus and organize your essay based on the prompt, purpose and audience
  • Write strong essay introductions and conclusions
  • Craft well-structured sentences and paragraphs
  • Avoid redundancy and write with good diction
  • Apply effective narrative techniques to your writing
  • Incorporate descriptive details, sensory language and transitions in your essays
  • Use reflection to conclude your narrative

This self-paced chapter can be accessed at any time using any Internet-connected device. After you complete a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to check your understanding of the material. If you need any clarification on these English composition topics, simply submit your questions to our instructors.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Essay Writing Strategies
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Informal Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

1. Informal Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

You might not find a definitive guidebook to writing informal essays, but you can certainly learn more about them in this lesson. Read on to find out more about the features and characteristics of a genre you're most likely an expert on already!

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

2. 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!

Reflection Paper: Definition & Examples

3. Reflection Paper: Definition & Examples

Take a look at this lesson in order to learn what a reflection paper is and how you can go about forming your reflection. You'll also find out the role of critical thinking and analysis in a reflection paper.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

6. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

7. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

8. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

9. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

10. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

11. Narrative Techniques: Dialogue, Pacing, Description & Reflection

Here is a toolkit of techniques to engage your audience and keep them reading, including dialogue, pacing, description and reflection. Try some of these in your next narrative essay!

How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

12. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

13. How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

When you write just about any kind of paper, whether it's story writing or essay writing, use transitions to help your reader make connections and move easily through your paper. Here are some specific ways to use transitions.

Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection

14. Concluding Your Narrative with Reflection

Sometimes, after telling a story in our narrative essays, we need a little something more in the conclusion to help the reader understand our meaning. Personal reflections do this.

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