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Who's it for?
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to develop a thesis and plan an essay
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about high school English (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
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- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
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How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Writing Process - Development and Planning chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Writing Process - Development and Planning chapter exam to be prepared.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a development and planning unit of a standard CAHSEE English exam course. Topics covered include:
- Essay purpose and tone
- Thesis statements
- Essay outlines
- The 5-paragraph essay
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. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays
What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.
3. What Is Brainstorming?
You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.
4. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Target Audience: Definition, Types & Examples
When we are writing, we need to understand who our audience will be. Knowing our target audience helps shape the tone of our words. In this lesson, we will both define and analyze how to choose a target audience.
10. Different Types of Writing Styles
In this article, different writing styles are discussed, along with examples of each kind of writing, and ideas of what writing style works best. Read the article and take the quiz!
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Other chapters within the CAHSEE English Exam: Help and Review course
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- Analyzing Drama & Literature: Help and Review
- Literary Terms: Help and Review
- Reading Informational Texts: Help and Review
- Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning: Help and Review
- Sentence Structure - Grammar Elements: Help and Review
- Sentence Structure & Mechanics: Help and Review
- Correcting Errors in Sentences: Help and Review
- Types of Essays on the CAHSEE: Help and Review
- Essay Basics - Essay Writing: Help and Review
- How to Write and Structure an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process - Revision and Skill Development: Help and Review
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