About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP World History Exam chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Essay responses and quality writing||Preparing focused responses, identifying the characteristics of quality writing and recognizing the influence of sentence structure on writing flow|
|Tuesday||Sentence clarity and construction||Avoiding illogical construction and multiple negatives, ordering of information and using the active voice|
|Wednesday||Brainstorming and essay arguments||Developing and choosing ideas and writing sound arguments|
|Thursday||Rhetorical skills and word choice||Understanding how the misuse of language and strength of rhetorical strategies enhance or detract from an essay|
|Friday||Audience appeal, voice and writing practice||Appealing to the reader, distinguishing between the active and passive voice and gaining practice in writing|
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
5. 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.
6. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Active and Passive Voice
You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.
12. 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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Other chapters within the AP World History Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course
- Foundational Concepts: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Major Belief Systems: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Ancient Times: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Ancient Middle East: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Ancient China, Africa, India & America: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Ancient Greece: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Hellenism and Athenian Philosophy: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Rise of the Roman Republic: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Fall of the Roman Empire: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Dark Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Early Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Medieval Warm Period: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The High Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Asia, Africa & America (1000-1300 CE): AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Late Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Renaissance: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Age of Exploration: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Reformation Across Europe: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Elizabethan Era: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Enlightenment: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Political, Technological & Intellectual Developments (1750-1914) Lesson Plans
- Colonialism: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Imperialism: AP World History Lesson Plans
- World War I: AP World History Lesson Plans
- World War II: AP World History Lesson Plans
- The Cold War and Other 20th Century World History Lesson Plans
- A Globalized World - 1980 & Beyond: AP World History Lesson Plans
- Portions of the AP World History Exam: Lesson Plans
- Developing and Writing Your AP World History Exam Essay