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Structuring Informational & Explanatory Texts - Chapter Summary
Re-touch on these writing-related topics by watching the videos in this chapter that provide an excellent review of how to structure informational and explanatory pieces of writing. Brush up on strategies for better writing by watching the lessons that examine the following concepts:
- Fleshing out essay topics
- Standards of essay writing and structure
- Changing sentence structures to affect meaning
- Understanding the purpose, tasks, and audience
- Format and steps for developing introductions and conclusions
- Examples of concluding sentences and their purpose
- Word choice, precise language, and setting a tone
- Evaluating whether essays fulfill their intended purposes
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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.
2. Essay: Writing & Examples
What is an essay? An essay is a piece of nonfiction writing that expresses various genres or styles of prose depending on the subject, content, purpose, and audience of the particular piece.
3. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
4. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing
Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.
5. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience
By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.
6. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice
Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.
7. What is a Conclusion Sentence? - Example & Overview
This lesson will study the function of a conclusion sentence within the broader function of a body paragraph. In particular, the lesson will look at how the conclusion sentence ties the paragraph together and reaffirms the author's argument.
8. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
9. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.
10. How to Determine if Your Essay Addresses its Purpose
Have you ever written an essay, but had no idea if you actually accomplished your goal? In this lesson, you will get several tips on how to know if you actually achieved the purpose of your essay.
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