Ch 13: PARCC ELA - Grade 11: Writing Successful Essays

About This Chapter

In order to write a successful essay, there are certain techniques you need to know. Learn these techniques by reviewing this chapter, which can help you get ready for the PARCC ELA Grade 11 exam.

PARCC ELA - Grade 11: Writing Successful Essays - Chapter Summary

If the PARCC ELA Grade 11 exam date is approaching, you should be prepared. The lessons in this interactive chapter can help you improve your writing skills. The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Structuring paragraphs and essays
  • Creating an essay topic
  • Building rhetorical skills
  • Writing an essay introduction, a transition sentence, a thesis statement and a strong essay body
  • Creating strong transitions
  • Concluding an essay effectively
  • Improving paragraphs

Work through each lesson in this chapter to learn new techniques for writing essays, and also assess your knowledge by taking a quiz at the end of every lesson.

PARCC ELA - Grade 11: Writing Successful Essays Chapter Objectives

Testing your understanding of writing and literature topics is possible if you take the PARCC ELA exam for Grade 11. This test was put together so you can determine if you are ready for next-level learning in college and at trade schools. The questions on this exam are multiple-choice, which check your knowledge of the components of a good essay. Take your time and actively pay attention during each lesson to excel on the actual PARCC ELA exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 13: PARCC ELA - Grade 11: Writing Successful Essays
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Developing the Essay Topic

1. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

3. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

4. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

What is a Thesis Statement?

5. 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

6. 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 Write a Strong Essay Body

7. 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

8. 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.

Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

9. Practice with Improving Paragraphs for the SAT

The SAT has undergone some pretty big changes as of March 2016, but that doesn't mean that the skills tested in improving paragraph questions have disappeared! In this lesson, we walk through a few practice problems.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

10. 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 to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

11. 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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

12. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

Chapter Practice Exam
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