About This Chapter
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding essay planning and development techniques
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
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- Students who need an efficient way to learn about development and planning of an essay
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- 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 development and planning chapter exam.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a development and planning unit of a standard NY Regents Exam - Comprehensive English course. Topics covered include:
- Essay topic development
- Tone and audience in essays
- Brainstorming techniques
- Thesis statement and outline
- The parts of a 5-paragraph essay
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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- Usage in English: Help and Review
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- Writing Mechanics: Help and Review
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- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay: Help and Review
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- Reading & Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning: Help and Review
- Figurative Language: Help and Review
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