About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 12th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about writing essays. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to write an essay. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn how to write, edit and proofread a timed essay for a specific audience.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an essay writing unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Writing Essays Unit Objectives:
- Learn how to respond to an essay prompt and write fast.
- Find out how to write an essay for a pre-determined audience.
- Learn how to proofread and edit an essay for grammar and spelling.
- Identify logical fallacies, and discover how to avoid them.
- Prepare for audience opposition and defend your views.
- Improve your reading comprehension.
1. 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.
2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
3. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
4. 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.
5. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
11. 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.
12. 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.
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Other chapters within the 12th Grade English: Homeschool Curriculum course
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- British Drama - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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- American Prose - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Dramatic Literature - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Literary Terms - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- How to Cite Source Materials: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing Conventions - Usage: Homeschool Curriculum
- How to Identify Usage Errors: Homeschool Curriculum
- Punctuation in Writing - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Elements of Grammar - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Capitalization & Spelling Strategies -12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Linking Texts & Media - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum