Ch 3: Essay Types

About This Chapter

Let us help you understand the different types of essays with this engaging chapter. You can use our mobile-friendly lessons and quizzes 24 hours a day to refresh your understanding of what you're learning in class or get ready to write an important essay assignment.

Essay Types - Chapter Summary

Our instructors outline the different essay types in this fun, professionally designed chapter. You'll review narrative essays, personal essays, persuasive essays and more, plus see examples of each and the characteristics that make them different from each other. It's easy to catch up on missed class time or prep for an assignment with these learning tools, which are accessible 24 hours a day. Before reviewing the lessons, take the quizzes to see which areas need more study. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a narrative essay
  • Write a strong personal essay
  • Utilize the correct format for an argumentative essay
  • Give an example of an exemplification essay
  • Use several sources when writing a persuasive essay
  • Outline the correct structure for an informative essay
  • Write a successful informative essay

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Essay Types
Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

1. 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.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

2. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

3. 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.

Exemplification Essay: Definition & Examples

4. Exemplification Essay: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the components of the exemplification essay and how it uses specific examples in order to try and convince your audience that your side is the right side.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

5. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

6. 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.

How to Write an Informative Essay

7. How to Write an Informative Essay

Many struggle with writing an essay. Where do you begin? What do you include? This lesson describes a step-by-step process for writing an informative essay.

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