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The Writing Process: Writing and Structuring an Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
It can be very difficult to just start writing an essay. Understanding the basics of writing and structuring an essay will help you tremendously in creating a final piece that is well written and easy to read. In this chapter, you'll discover how to capture your audience's attention right from the beginning and hold it throughout the piece by writing strong transition sentences. Lessons will also cover how to properly end your essay so readers feel satisfied after reading it. This chapter will also cover tips for writing different types of essays, such as personal and persuasive essays. Upon completing this chapter, you'll have learned about:
- How to write a strong thesis
- Characteristics of a solid essay body
- How to use transition sentences
- How to write a great conclusion
- How to structure an argument
- How to write a rough draft
|Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience||Discover how writing a good thesis can help you grab the attention of your readers and make them want to read more.|
|How to Write a Strong Essay Body||Get tips on what you can do to make your essay body paragraphs strong, informative and engaging.|
|How to Write and Use Transition Sentences||Learn how to write and use transition sentences to keep your essay flowing and easy to read.|
|How to Write a Great Essay Conclusion||Examine how to end your essay by writing a solid conclusion.|
|How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay||Explore the correct way to write an argument in an essay.|
|How to Write a Strong Personal Essay||Analyze the characteristics of a good personal essay.|
|How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources||See how to use sources correctly to write a persuasive essay.|
|Writing the Rough Draft||Discover how to write a rough draft.|
1. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience
We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.
2. How to Write a Strong Essay Body
This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!
3. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences
Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.
4. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements
Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!
5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
6. 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.
7. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources
In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.
8. Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay
The writing process begins with a topic and concludes with a polished essay. One of the crucial stages in the middle is the rough draft. This lesson outlines a procedure for getting the most benefit from that first essay draft.
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Other chapters within the Comprehensive English: Overview & Practice course
- Sentence Structure: Elements of Grammar
- Sentence Structure: Understanding Grammar
- Essay Basics: Types of Essay
- Essay Basics: Writing an Essay
- Writing Mechanics
- The Writing Process: Development & Planning
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help & Tutorial
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning
- Figurative Language
- Examples of Literary Analysis
- Prominent Authors & Major Works
- Historical, Cultural & Critical Contexts of Literature
- Reading Strategies & Literary Analysis
- Interpreting Meaning in Literature
- Reading & Editing Essays
- Writing to a Specific Audience
- Grammar, Mechanics & Usage
- Proofreading & Revising an Essay
- Writing Assessment Tools & Strategies
- Effective Listening & Speaking
- Developing Word Identification Skills