About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Literature Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about writing and revising an essay. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to write and revise essays. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn how to evaluate, improve and proofread their essays.
- 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 a Writing and Revising an Essay unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Writing and Revising an Essay Unit Objectives:
- Be prepared to write a timed essay.
- Analyze and improve writing.
- Edit for content, grammar and spelling.
- Learn proofreading strategies, and spot typos.
1. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays
What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.
2. Developing the Essay Topic
The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.
3. What Is Brainstorming?
You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.
4. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas
Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. How to Write an Outline
Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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!
11. 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.
12. 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!
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.
19. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Literature: Homeschool Curriculum course
- AP English - Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rhetorical Devices: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP English - Poetry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Poetry: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP English - Prose: Homeschool Curriculum
- Prose Fiction: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- American Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Periods: Homeschool Curriculum
- English Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Essay: Homeschool Curriculum
- Essay Writing Basics: Homeschool Curriculum
- About the AP English Literature Test