About This Chapter
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding thesis statements or how to write arguments
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning how to structure essays (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn how to structure essays
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra writing learning resources
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- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an essay structuring unit of a standard essay writing course. Topics covered include:
- The basic five-paragraph essay structure
- Developing strong introductions and conclusions
- Effective use of evidence to support ideas
- The elements of a good thesis statement
- Ways to develop and structure an argument in an essay
- Components of a great essay body
- Formats to use for a title page
1. 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.
2. Writing the Middle of an Essay First: Technique & Explanation
Ever have that moment when you need to write an essay, but you have no idea where to begin? This lesson discusses a method to combat that kind of writer's block by writing the middle first.
3. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview
Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.
4. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. How to Write a Great Argument
Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.
10. 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!
11. 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.
12. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements
Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!
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Other chapters within the Essay Writing: Help & Tutorial course
- Introduction to Essay Writing: Help & Tutorial
- Prewriting: Help & Tutorial
- Writing Your Essay: Help & Tutorial
- Types of Essays: Help & Tutorial
- Revising Your Essay: Help & Tutorial
- Citing Your Sources: Help & Tutorial
- Writing an Extended Response: Help & Tutorial
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help & Tutorial
- Sentence Types
- Paragraph Structure Overview
- Rhetorical Modes