About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Writing and Structuring an Essay chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Essay basics||Ways to introduce and write a thesis and grab an audience's interest; discussion of an arguable thesis, a bridge and attention getters|
|Tuesday||Essay body||How to develop well-written body paragraphs; learn unity, coherence and other related topics|
|Wednesday||Transitions and conclusions||When and how to use transitions in essays; how to conclude an essay using simple sentences|
|Thursday||Argument structure||Basic elements in the assemble of an essay argument, including instruction on organizing major points|
|Friday||Personal essays and rough drafts||Tactics for including personal experiences in essays, but in an effective way; the purpose and method of creating a rough draft|
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.
7. 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.
8. The Writing Process: Stages & Activities
Writers don't just sit down and write; they go through a process to perfect their writing. In this lesson, we'll look at the writing process and how teachers can use it in their classrooms, including specific activities for each stage.
9. What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the major components of expository writing. Learn more about expository writing and see some common examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what makes a piece of writing a narrative. Examples are also given to illustrate the specific types of narrative writing.
11. Persuasive Writing Techniques
Persuasive writing can be a little overwhelming because you feel passionate about something and you want everyone to agree with you. Well, not everyone will, but in this lesson, you will learn some techniques that will make you more persuasive through your writing.
12. Descriptive Writing: Definition, Techniques & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying descriptive writing found in literature and ways you can apply it in your own writing. Learn more about literary style and test your understanding through a quiz.
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