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Parts of an Essay
As you begin learning about essay writing, a good place to start is with the development of ideas. Arguably the most important part of an essay is a good topic or main idea. You'll need to learn about developing a good topic through brainstorming. Let our lessons teach you how to brainstorm and why it can be a great help when writing an essay. Also take a look at how you can engage readers and make them want to read what you write. Find out how developing appeal will help you to keep readers engaged when they read.
Once you have an idea in place and you know what you'll write about, it's time to create a thesis statement. We have a lesson that will show you what a thesis statement is and why it is an important part of a good essay. Learn how to write a statement in order to create a solid foundation for your essay. Then watch our lesson that covers outline creation so you can take that thesis statement and turn it into a blueprint for your essay. An outline gives you a concrete path of organized ideas for your essay to follow so writing it becomes easy.
Some other important elements of an essay that our lessons cover include transition sentences and arguments. In order to write an essay that will be easy to read and interesting, you need to have transition sentences. These sentences allow you to go from one idea to the next in a smooth manner that's easy to read. Our lessons will explain everything about how these sentences work and how you can develop and use them. Also included in our lessons is a discussion on creating and using arguments to give your essay appeal.
Finally, we have lessons that cover the main structure of an essay. You'll watch lessons that explain the basic essay structure and how to use the typical five-paragraph form to shape your own essays. You'll study introductions and find out how to capture your reader's attention right away so they continue reading. You don't want to lose your readers in the body of the essay, so our lesson on how to write a strong essay body will ensure your readers are captivated to the end. However, you can't give readers an interesting introduction and a strong body and then leave them hanging at the end. Find out through our lessons how to end your essay on a high note. Thanks for watching!
1. 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.
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 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
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