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Ch 7: Organizing an Essay

About This Chapter

If you need help understanding how to organize an essay, this short chapter can help. Review entertaining video lessons and take short quizzes to boost your knowledge of this subject while ensuring you're able to excel as you study for an upcoming test.

Organizing an Essay - Chapter Summary

Study the basics of organizing an essay without taking traditional classes or visiting a tutor. These online lessons provide in-depth examinations of this subject, improving your knowledge of topics that include developing the right sentence structure, writing thesis statements and using transition sentences. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Organize writing through task, purpose or audience
  • Define a thesis statement
  • Structure paragraphs in an essay and write strong essay bodies
  • Share examples of supporting details
  • Write clear sentences and great essays
  • Explain how language and word choice sets the tone of an essay
  • Get better at writing with essay writing practice
  • Determine if an essay addresses its purpose

Access any lessons in this chapter you feel will help you best understand how to organize an essay. Feel free to view those lessons as short videos or full transcripts and take their accompanying quizzes to gauge your knowledge of the concepts they cover. If you hit a snag or need additional information about topics examined in the lessons, be sure to send your questions to our experts. Before the day of your test, gauge your understanding of this chapter by taking the practice exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: Organizing an Essay
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Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

1. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

What is a Thesis Statement?

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.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

4. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

5. 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!

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

6. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

7. 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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

8. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

9. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

10. 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.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

11. 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.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

12. 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 Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

13. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose

Have you ever written an essay, but had no idea if you actually accomplished your goal? In this lesson, you will get several tips on how to know if you actually achieved the purpose of your essay.

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