Ch 8: The Writing Process: Development & Planning

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons, and learn about the different aspects of developing ideas and planning your writing. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

The Writing Process: Development and Planning - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Before you begin writing, it's important to take the time to develop your ideas and plan out what you will write. An essay is easier to read and understand when written by someone who took time to develop ideas and plan it out. It is usually quite easy to tell when someone didn't plan before writing an essay because ideas may not be fully developed or there may not be a logical progression in ideas. It may take a little extra time to develop ideas and plan out an essay, but in the end, it really make a huge difference. As you'll learn in this chapter, there are many simple ways to get through the development and planning stages of an essay quickly so that you can get down to writing the actual essay. You'll also find out that with development and planning, you'll actually be able to write your essay faster. These lessons will cover topics that include:

  • The importance of understanding the purpose of an essay
  • How to brainstorm
  • How to develop a strong thesis statement
  • Steps to writing an outline
  • The basic five-paragraph essay structure

Developing the Essay Topic Discover tips on how to develop your ideas for an essay topic.
Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays Study how the tone, audience and purpose of an essay can give you a good foundation from which to begin.
What is Brainstorming? Explore the concept of brainstorming.
Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas Examine different methods of brainstorming to find the one that works best for you.
What is a Thesis Statement? Learn what a thesis statement is and why it's important.
How to Write a Thesis Statement Find out how to write a thesis statement.
How to Write an Outline Analyze how to effectively write an outline.
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay Review the basic five-paragraph structure you can use to write an essay.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: The Writing Process: Development & Planning
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Developing the Essay Topic

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.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

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.

What Is Brainstorming?

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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

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.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

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.

How to Write an Outline

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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

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.

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