About This Chapter
Introduction to High School Writing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
With the lessons in this chapter, you'll learn to write essays at the high school level. One video discusses how to respond to an essay prompt , while another looks at how to write for a specific audience. You will look at how to support your argument in the face of opposition. Other lessons cover editing techniques both for your own writing and that of your peers. At the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Respond to a writing prompt
- Develop a thesis statement
- Write a personal essay
- Refute opposing arguments
- Edit your essay and those of others
- Spot and eliminate logical fallacies
|How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt||Learn techniques that will apply to writing about any subject.|
|What is a Thesis Statement?||Learn what comprises a concise statement of your essay's purpose.|
|How to Write a Thesis Statement||Develop skill at putting together a thesis statement.|
|How to Write a Strong Personal Essay||Learn what makes a personal essay effective.|
|How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay||Examine the qualities that appeal to certain readers.|
|Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays||Explore techniques of defending your point of view.|
|How To Edit and Improve Essay Content||Understand what to look for to make your essay better.|
|Peer Editing: How to Edit Essay By Other Writers||Learn what to look for when editing the writing of others.|
|What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them||Examine gaps in logic and learn how to correct them in your 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay
Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.
6. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays
In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.
7. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content
Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.
8. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers
Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.
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Other chapters within the 9th Grade English: Credit Recovery course
- Dramatic Literature
- Elements of Literature
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- Conventions in Writing: Usage
- Types of Writing Sources & Citations
- American Novels for 9th Grade
- American Short Stories for 9th Grade
- Ancient Literature for 9th Grade
- British Fiction for 9th Grade
- Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade
- Drama for 9th Grade
- Poetry for 9th Grade
- Text Analysis and Close Reading
- The Writing Process for 9th Grade
- Capitalization & Spelling
- Elements of Grammar
- Punctuation in Writing