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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
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the 10th Grade English: Credit Recovery course
- Text Analysis and Close Reading for 10th Grade
- Developing as a Reader and Writer
- Reading and Understanding in Various Media
- Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade
- Shakespeare for 10th Grade
- African American Writers
- British Fiction for 10th Grade
- American Prose for 10th Grade
- Ancient Literature for 10th Grade
- Types of Writing Sources & Citations
- Introduction to Literary Criticism
- Drama for 10th Grade
- Elements of Grammar
- Punctuation in Writing
- Writing Conventions for 10th Grade