Ch 16: Writing & Structuring an Essay Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Writing and Structuring an Essay chapter of this AP English Language Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach essay development in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: Writing & Structuring an Essay Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

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!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

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!

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

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.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

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.

Writing the Rough Draft of an 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.

The Writing Process: Stages & Activities

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.

What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Narrative Writing? - Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

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.

Persuasive Writing Techniques

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.

Descriptive Writing: Definition, Techniques & Examples

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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