About This Chapter
Organization: Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Writing clear sentences and having a great idea may be a nice start to writing a good essay, but without proper organization, you won't get very far. If your thoughts and ideas don't flow, then nobody will want to read what you write. In this chapter, you'll study how to put paragraphs together, how to create a main idea and topic sentence to give your essay a solid foundation and general tips for organizing your essay in a logical and easy to read manner. After completing this chapter, you will have a good idea of how to put together an essay that reads easily and enables your reader to clearly understand what you are trying to say. Some of the things the lessons will cover more in depth include:
- How to develop a paragraph
- Why topic sentences are important
- How to write transition sentences
- The basic organization of an essay
- Organization patterns used in writing an essay
- Paragraphing rules
|Paragraphs: Definition & Rules||Discover the rules and process of paragraph development.|
|Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & topic Sentences||Examine the difference between a main idea and thesis. Also study the importance of topic sentences.|
|How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences||Learn how to write strong transition sentences.|
|How to Organize an Essay||Get tips and ideas on organizing an essay.|
|Organizational Patterns: Chronological Order, Order of Importance, Comparison & Contrast and Cause & Effect||Analyze the different ways an essay can be organized.|
1. Paragraphs: Definition & Rules
Almost all forms of writing are structured into paragraphs. Watch this video lesson to learn not only the definition and purpose of a paragraph but its proper structure and how to make a paragraph effective.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types
Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.
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- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay
- Writing Mechanics
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay
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- Figurative Language
- Examples of Literary Analysis
- Prominent Authors & Major Works
- Historical, Cultural & Critical Contexts of Literature
- Reading Strategies & Literary Analysis
- Interpreting Meaning in Literature
- Reading & Editing Essays
- Writing to a Specific Audience
- Grammar, Mechanics & Usage
- Proofreading & Revising an Essay
- Writing Assessment Tools & Strategies
- Effective Listening & Speaking
- Developing Word Identification Skills