Ch 4: Understanding Essay Structure

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Preparing for an exam that covers the basics of essay structure is simple using this chapter's fun lessons, short quizzes and practice exam. These study tools can effectively boost your knowledge and ensure you're ready for exam day.

Understanding Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

If you need help understanding the basics of essay structure, you've come to the right place! This chapter is filled with entertaining lessons you can study anytime to gain greater insight into essay organization, how to write a strong essay body, how to structure paragraphs and other related topics. After finishing this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Explain what constitutes good writing
  • Write a great essay quickly
  • Describe the five-paragraph essay
  • Detail how task, purpose and audience influence how you choose to organize your writing
  • List best practices in introductions and conclusions
  • Discuss main idea, thesis statements and topic sentences in writing
  • Write strong transitions and transitional sentences

This chapter's flexibility allows you to study the lessons anytime, in any sequence and as often as you'd like. You can also enjoy around-the-clock access via any computer, smartphone or tablet. If you'd like to quickly gauge your knowledge of key concepts covered in the lessons, be sure to take our mini quizzes. For a broader review of the chapter, feel free to take our practice test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Understanding Essay Structure
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How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

2. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

3. 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.

How to Organize an Essay

4. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

5. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

6. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

7. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

8. 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!

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

9. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

10. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

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