Ch 8: Standard Conventions of Essay Writing

About This Chapter

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

If a document is poorly written, readers will not grasp its gist. Learn how to use main ideas, thesis statements, and topic sentences to produce quality writings that readers can follow and understand.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

2. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are words, phrases, and sentences that connect ideas and sections in different forms of writing. Explore how transitions work in fiction and nonfiction and discover examples of strong transition phrases and transitional sentences.

How to Organize an Essay

3. How to Organize an Essay

To be well-written, essays and other documents must be well organized. Learn about tools such as titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, and transition statements. Understand how to use these to organize and produce well-written essays.

Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

4. Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

A subject-verb agreement is when the object in a sentence connects to the motion in a sentence in numerical value, meaning they are either both singular or both plural. Learn more about identifying subject-verb agreements, simple and compound sentence, subject-verb inversion, and indefinite pronouns to avoid errors.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

5. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

Knowledge of grammar rules and the six verb tenses is key to writers being able to identify errors and use tense consistently; verb tense refers to the timing of action or occurrence. Explore the correct usage of present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses.

Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

6. Identifying Errors of Singular and Plural Pronouns

Singular and plural pronouns are words that take the place of a noun. Learn about pronoun basics, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and indefinite pronouns, then discover how to identify and correct errors in their usage.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

7. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

Practicing essay-writing with a clear plan can improve your writing skills. Learn how to practice essay-writing and get better at writing by knowing your weaknesses, focusing on essay structure, and learning how to evaluate your writing.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

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

Few writers can prepare documents that are free of mistakes. Learn the three general rules of self-editing and understand how to apply this process to fix writing mistakes, edit for content, adjust mechanics, and revise grammatical errors.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

9. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Essay revision should include proofreading for spelling and grammar. Explore what proofreading is and why it is important in essay writing and discover various proofreading strategies.

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