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Ch 17: The Writing Process for 10th Grade

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Watch writing video lessons and learn about focus, thesis statements, audience and more. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

The Writing Process for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives

If you're wondering about the best way to write effective essays, start here with these easy-to-understand video lessons that make the process a breeze. Our instructors will focus on basic techniques like narrowing the scope of your essay, writing a thesis statement, editing, and avoiding bad logic so you can build a great essay from the ground up. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Write a personal essay based on a thesis statement
  • Edit both your own writing and that of peers
  • Stay away from fallacies in logic
  • Decide on an appropriate audience for your writing

Video Objectives
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt Learn to search for key terms in the essay question and form an outline of your main points.
What is a Thesis Statement? This lesson defines 'thesis' and explores some common misunderstandings.
How to Write a Thesis Statement Learn to form a thesis statement whether or not you have a writing prompt. Discover some revision techniques.
How to Write a Strong Personal Essay Explore methods for changing your prior personal experiences into strong essays.
How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay This lesson reveals clues to look for in determining the intended readers of a written piece.
Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays Learn to think ahead and imagine what opposition you might encounter for your argument.
How to Edit and Improve Essay Content This lesson reminds you to check for clear purpose, a concise thesis statement, strong main points, enough details and good organization.
Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers Learn to comprehend the writer's intent, and then find out how to edit for mechanics and content.
What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them Find out how to avoid confusing readers by including reasoning flaws in your writing. Explore examples of logical fallacies and how to avoid using broad generalizations, non-sequiturs and the 'either/or' fallacy.

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Writing Process for 10th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

What is a Thesis Statement?

2. 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

3. 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 a Strong Personal Essay

4. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

5. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

6. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

7. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

8. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

9. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

Logical Fallacy: Definition & Examples

10. Logical Fallacy: Definition & Examples

This lesson will introduce you to the logical fallacy and explain how it works in an argument. We'll also discuss examples of common fallacies and the importance of identifying and avoiding them in effective arguments. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is a Body Paragraph? - Definition & Examples

11. What is a Body Paragraph? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a body paragraph is, and how body paragraphs function to make your writing clearer and more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

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