About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about forms of essay writing. There is no faster or easier way to learn about writing essays. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about thesis statements, purpose, brainstorming, outlines and tone.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an AP 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 structuring an essay unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Writing and Structuring an Essay Unit Objectives:
- Learn the entire essay development process.
- Understand how tone, audience and purpose are used in essay writing.
- Explore the importance of brainstorming and ways to come up with ideas.
- Discover how to write and identify a thesis statement.
- Find out how to create an outline.
- Review the significance of the five-paragraph essay structure.
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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Language: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Basic Essay Reading - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rhetorical Devices - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Beginning the Writing Process - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Writing Revision & Skill Development - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Conventions in Essay Writing - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Grammar Review - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum
- Using Source Materials - AP English: Homeschool Curriculum