Ch 15: Types of Academic Essays

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This mobile-friendly chapter helps you understand the differences between types of academic essays. Access this collection of engaging lessons and quizzes to improve you essay-writing skills, prepare for an English exam and earn better grades.

Types of Academic Essays - Chapter Summary

Get an overview of the different types of academic essays with this convenient online chapter. Through a series of simple and entertaining video lessons, you'll learn about the characteristics and structures of many essay types, including narrative, informative, personal, argumentative, persuasive and exemplification essays. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Identify the characteristics of narrative essays
  • Write strong personal essays
  • Recognize the format of an argumentative essay
  • Interpret examples of exemplification essays
  • Use several sources in a persuasive essay
  • Describe an informative essay's structure

The short and concise nature of these lessons allow you to quickly take away important essay terms and concepts. Solidify your comprehension of the material by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. You can also print lesson transcripts to study offline, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have about academic essays.

7 Lessons in Chapter 15: Types of Academic Essays
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Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

2. 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.

Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

3. Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

Argumentative essays are kind of like superpowers: they allow you to get what you want using the superpower of persuasion. View this lesson and learn how to channel persuasion to write a good essay.

Exemplification Essay: Definition & Examples

4. Exemplification Essay: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the components of the exemplification essay and how it uses specific examples in order to try and convince your audience that your side is the right side.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

5. 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.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

6. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

How to Write an Informative Essay

7. How to Write an Informative Essay

Many struggle with writing an essay. Where do you begin? What do you include? This lesson describes a step-by-step process for writing an informative essay.

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