How to Organize Your Essay
How to Organize Your Essay
Learn how to organize your essay. This basic structure is suitable for most essays, whether it's for English, Social Studies, or a standardized test. Topics include advice on writing a hook, a thesis, supporting paragraphs, a conclusion, a broader significance, and paragraph transitions. Every essay you will write, whether it's for English, Social Studies, Science, or a standardized test, argument or explanatory, will require some version of this basic structure: introduction, development, and conclusion. In more advanced classes, the structure of your essays will still be pretty much the same; they'll just be…Read more »
How to Write a Hook
How to Write a Hook
Learn how to write a hook (attention-getting intro) for an essay. Engage your reader before delivering your thesis. This video includes 5 kinds of hooks: inverted pyramid, fact/statistic, anecdote/personal experience, rhetorical question, and bold pronouncement. Also included are 3 hooks to avoid.Read more »
How to Write a Transition
How to Write a Transition
Learn how to write a paragraph transition.Topics include the purpose of a transition, standard transitional devices (like "Furthermore" and "In a similar way"), as well as more sophisticated transitions I call "links." Bonus: learn why a Jedi would make a good president. Paragraph transitions help guide your reader through your writing, so they don’t get confused. They show your reader your line of reasoning, so your sentences don’t come off as totally random. They show that your paragraphs are a well-organized chain of ideas working together to support your thesis.Read more »
How to Write a Counterargument
How to Write a Counterargument
Learn how to strengthen your argumentative writing with a counterargument and rebuttal. Topics include: the purpose of a counterargument, definitions of ethos, logos, and pathos, how to rebut a strong counterargument, and a few transitions you can use to precede your counterargument. Counterclaim is a synonymous term. This technique can also help you NOT be an Internet troll. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is cited as an exemplar. Using a counterargument and rebuttal is a way of showing that you have come to your position after giving a balanced…Read more »
How to Write an Effective Conclusion
How to Write an Effective Conclusion
Writing an essay conclusion can be tricky because the writer (you) is generally expected to take the topic to the next imaginative level. In this video, learn how to write an essay conclusion. Get clear, simple explanations of: paragraph transitions for conclusions, paraphrasing your thesis, and the "broader significance." Examples are given from four different kinds of essays, explanatory (expository), literary, persuasive (argumentative), and exploratory. This is a companion to my videos on how to write a hook, how to organize your essay, and how to write transitions. I hope this helps you…Read more »