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- Learn how to develop an essay topic.
- Identify the tone, purpose and audience of an essay.
- Explain what brainstorming is.
- Discuss some brainstorming techniques.
- Define thesis statements and understand how to write them.
- Learn how to write an outline.
- Describe the structure of the basic five-paragraph essay.
1. What Is Brainstorming?
Every essay should start with brainstorming to determine which ideas to use and how to organize them. Learn about what is brainstorming and why it's important for your writing process, explore the two main steps for brainstorming, and discover how the listing technique works.
2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
A strong essay often begins with brainstorming ideas to use as starting points for writing it. Explore various techniques for brainstorming great ideas, including brainstorming in a group, listing ideas, or letting one's mind wander.
3. What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis statement sets the reader's expectations for the essay, sets up the primary argument in the essay, and answers a question. Explore common thesis misconceptions and the types of essays that do and don't require a thesis.
4. How to Write a Thesis Statement
A well-written essay includes a strong, specific thesis statement that establishes readers' expectations by answering a question and making a well-stated, supported argument. Learn how to write a thesis statement, including how to make revisions if needed.
5. How to Write an Outline
Whether it's a doctoral thesis or a high school essay, outlining is a crucial part of the writing process. Learn how to write an outline, why it's so important to have a plan before starting to write, and discover the three most common outlines for writers, including alphanumeric, decimal, and full sentence outlines.
6. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
The five-paragraph essay is a basic essay structure that provides writers with the necessary elements to create a successful essay. Learn how to include the thesis statement in the introduction paragraph, explore what should be in the body paragraphs, how to maintain the focus and make good transitions between paragraphs, and how to write an effective conclusion paragraph.
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