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How to Structure Essays - Chapter Summary
In this engaging chapter, you'll find brief lessons on essay structure. The lessons cover tips and tricks for structuring paragraphs and sentences as well as ways to organize your essays. You'll also look at how to structure your main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences successfully. Each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding before you apply these concepts to your writing. Our instructors are available to answer your questions and provide assistance as you move through the lessons. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Use the basic five-paragraph essay format
- Effectively construct paragraphs and sentences in your essay
- Improve your writing through better sentence structure
- Structure an argument in an essay
1. 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.
2. How to Organize an Essay
In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.
3. Practical Application: Creating an Outline for an Essay
Writing an outline for an essay helps you plan and keeps you organized. It can also make writing the essay feel more manageable. Here, we'll work together to create an essay outline and use it to write an expository essay.
4. 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.
5. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.
6. 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.
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.
8. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
9. 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.
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