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Ch 7: HiSET: Writing Successful Essays

About This Chapter

Learn how to write successful essays before you take the HiSET Language Arts - Writing subtest. Short video lessons and quizzes demonstrate all the components of a successful essay and how to write one, simply and clearly.

HiSET Writing Successful Essays - Chapter Summary

Find out what goes into a successful essay and how to write one by watching these fun videos. These brief video lessons cover all the elements of a successful essay and how to combine them into an essay that has impact. Lessons in this chapter include:

  • Developing essay topics
  • Basic essay structure and introduction
  • Writing a thesis statement and strong essay body
  • Structuring and writing paragraphs
  • Transition sentences
  • Writing transitions and transitional sentences
  • Effective conclusions

The lessons in this chapter show you all the aspects of writing an effective essay from start to finish. They come with practice questions and quizzes to check on your comprehension of the material. Each element is broken down into easy-to-digest video lessons to make sure you understand all the elements of writing a successful essay.

HiSET Writing Successful Essays Objectives

The HiSET is a high-school equivalency exam that is offered in some states to gauge your knowledge of common high-school subjects. The Language Arts - Writing portion of the exam includes multiple-choice questions and an essay.

The Language Arts - Writing portion of the HiSET exam, Part 2, asks you to write an essay in response to an essay prompt. You will need to generate and organize your thoughts effectively and you will be evaluated on the basis of development, organization, language facility, and use of writing conventions.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: HiSET: Writing Successful Essays
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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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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!

Chapter Practice Exam
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