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Ch 29: How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam

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Watch video lessons on how to write a good essay and learn sentence structure, grammar tips, brainstorming techniques, and more. These lessons can be accessed on any computer or mobile device to help you quickly and easily get ready for your AP exam.

How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam - Chapter Summary

After answering the multiple choice questions, writing the essay portion of your exam may seem challenging, but if you have some tools at your disposal, you should be up to the task. In this chapter, our instructors focus on the mechanics of writing, from faulty comparisons to topic sentences and essay bodies. You'll learn what makes writing good and, more importantly, how to improve your own writing. You'll get tips on writing in a timed environment and how to choose a strong thesis quickly. After completing the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment
  • Examine the different things that make writing an effective tool of communication
  • Determine if an argument is sufficiently fleshed out and if you need to add or subtract for greater effect
  • Use rhetorical devices and concepts to write stronger essays
  • Show awareness of how words can contribute to the overall feel of your essay
  • Detail strategies for practicing writing on your own in order to improve your skills
  • Craft a strong essay even if you're constrained by time limits
  • Utilize the five-paragraph essay structure and ensure your essay is cited properly

Each video is accompanied by a brief multiple-choice quiz to help you retain key concepts. You can use the video transcripts to take notes and create printable study guides. Get help with any questions about the AP essay by submitting your questions to our subject matter experts.

14 Lessons in Chapter 29: How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam
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How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. 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 a Great Essay Quickly

2. 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.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

3. 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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

4. 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

5. 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

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 Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

10. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

11. 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

12. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

13. 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.

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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