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Ch 8: Standard Conventions of Essay Writing

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Strengthen your writing skills by reviewing the standard conventions of essay development. This chapter's video lessons and quizzes will help you improve your ability to create thesis statements, organize essays and correct mistakes in your writing.

Standard Conventions of Essay Writing - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, the goal of our professional instructors is to ensure you understand the conventions of essay writing. The engaging video lessons discuss the importance of main ideas, thesis statements and organization in your writing. You'll also study transitional sentences and common grammatical errors involving subjects and verbs. After you watch the videos, you should be able to:

  • Develop main ideas, thesis statements and topic sentences
  • Write strong transitions
  • Organize an effective essay
  • Identify pronoun, verb tense and subject-verb agreement errors
  • Revise errors in your writing
  • Proofread your essay for grammar and spelling errors

Typically lasting less than 10 minutes, our videos are to-the-point yet loaded with helpful examples, practice exercises and fun graphics. You can complete the lessons whenever your schedule permits - all you need is a computer or mobile device, a few minutes, and a willingness to learn! Along with the videos, the lessons include transcripts, multiple-choice quizzes.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Standard Conventions of Essay Writing
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Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

1. 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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

2. 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 Organize an Essay

3. 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.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

4. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

It's important that the subject and verb in every sentence agree in number. While it's often easy to make this happen, there are a few situations in which it can be tricky to achieve subject-verb agreement. This lesson explains how you can be sure to pair the right verb with a subject.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

5. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

6. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

It's sometimes not completely clear at first whether a singular or plural pronoun is necessary in a sentence. This lesson covers those confusing situations and explains how to be sure that you're using the right pronoun.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

7. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

8. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

9. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

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