Ch 6: Parts of an Essay: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Parts of an Essay chapter of this College Composition Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the parts of an essay. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the parts of an essay.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college composition material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn college-level composition. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding essay planning or organization.
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning composition (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the parts of an essay
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra composition learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Parts of an Essay chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Parts of an Essay chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any parts of an essay question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are some brainstorming techniques?
  • How do I write a thesis statement?
  • How do I organize and structure an outline and essay?
  • What are some guidelines for writing effective transitions?
  • How do I construct a supportable argument?

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

1. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

3. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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

5. 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 an Outline

6. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

7. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

8. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

9. 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 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 Structure an Argument in Your Essay

11. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Essay Writing Tips

12. Essay Writing Tips

When given the assignment to write an essay, it can be overwhelming and seem like a daunting task to some. In this lesson, you will learn about some tips that will break down essay writing and help make it a less dreaded thing to do.

Concluding Sentence: Definition, Examples & Starters

13. Concluding Sentence: Definition, Examples & Starters

This lesson will highlight how to write concluding sentences. We'll look at examples and starters. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge about concluding sentences.

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