Writing Perfect Paragraphs and Compositions

Gain the writing skills you need to create high-quality essays, papers, short stories, and other types of written pieces
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Instructed by Simone Jones Language / English
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  • Lectures 19
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 18 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

New course in my Writing and Grammar Series!

A paragraph is a group of sentences about a topic, while a composition is a group of paragraphs about a topic. When you write at length, it is very important that you organize your material in a logical and coherent fashion so that those reading your writing can easily follow your thoughts and ideas. This would require a good knowledge of how to write effective paragraphs and compositions, which is precisely what this course provides.

Learning how to write strong paragraphs and compositions enables you to create high-quality essays, papers, short stories, reports, and any other types of written pieces. It gives you the skills you need to confidently express your thoughts and ideas on paper. If you are a student, this will allow you to receive superior grades for writing assignments. If you are an employee or entrepreneur, your enhanced writing skills will allow you to more effectively and competently complete writing tasks in the performance of your work.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate a knowledge of what defines a paragraph.

• Write effective topic sentences that give readers a clear idea of what the topic/main idea of your paragraph will be.

• Maintain the unity of a paragraph by developing one topic and one topic only.

• Effectively develop the topic of a paragraph by providing sufficient, relevant details that support the topic.

• Arrange the material in a paragraph in a logical and coherent fashion.

• Keep the thought of a paragraph flowing smoothly from sentence to sentence by using transitional words and expressions.

• Effectively write each of the four types of paragraphs—narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a composition—introduction, body and conclusion.

• Effectively plan a composition.

• Effectively write a composition.

• Effectively revise and proofread a composition.

This course begins with the very basics so that you are given a strong foundation in the subject area, and then builds to the level that you need to reach in order to write effective paragraphs and compositions. Every effort is made to keep the material simple and easy to follow. And it is never assumed that you know anything; everything is explained thoroughly.

Detailed notes are provided in the resource section of each lecture for the purpose of review and reinforcement. These notes make it easier to locate specific content that you'd like to review. You don't have to watch an entire lecture in order to review a specific point—you can simply refer to your notes instead.

If you want to learn how to construct high-quality written pieces that effectively and convincingly communicate your thoughts, information, and ideas, enroll in “Writing Perfect Paragraphs and Compositions” today.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no special requirements for this course. You don’t even have to take notes as detailed notes are provided in the resource section of each lecture. All you need is a willingness to learn and apply yourself.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How will this course benefit students currently in school or college? Answer: Students will improve their paragraph and composition writing skills and receive higher grades for writing assignments that require them to compose essays, papers, short stories and reports. Students will also be able to respond more effectively to questions that require lengthy written responses, as they will possess the knowledge and skills required to organize their thoughts and ideas into effective paragraphs. Additionally, students will learn about the different types of writing: narrative, descriptive, persuasive and expository. This will further strengthen their composition writing abilities and help them to earn better grades.
  • How will this course benefit employees or entrepreneurs? Answer: In the performance of their work, employees and entrepreneurs are regularly required to create written compositions in the form of letters, emails, reports, sales copy etc. This course will provide them with the basic skills and knowledge that they need to effectively organize their information, thoughts and ideas in a structured, logical way so that their writing is coherent, convincing, and achieves its purpose.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for ANY individual seeking to learn how to create high-quality paragraphs and compositions and become a better writer.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
03:31

A video introduction to the course that gives students a good idea of what to expect in the course

2 pages

A written overview of the course

Section 2: Writing Effective Paragraphs
06:47

In this lecture, students will learn:

  • What defines a paragraph
  • How to maintain the unity of a paragraph


13 questions

Choose true if the statement is true, or false if the statement is false. Make sure you read the entire paragraph before you begin.

03:32

In this lecture, students will learn about the topic sentence and its function within the paragraph.

Recognizing the Topic Sentence
3 questions
05:17

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively develop the topic/main idea of a paragraph.

5 questions

Select true if the statement is true, and false if the statement is false.

05:43

In this lecture, students will learn how to arrange the material in a paragraph in a logical and coherent fashion.

6 questions

Choose the answer the gives the BEST way to arrange the details for a paragraph about each of the following topics.

03:51

In this lecture, students will learn how to keep the thought of a paragraph flowing smoothly from sentence to sentence by using transitional words and phrases.

2 pages

This lecture provides students with the knowledge that they need to be able to select the correct transitional word or phrase to use when writing.

Tying Ideas Together Using Transitional Words and Phrases
5 questions
01:30

This lecture briefly introduces and defines the four types of paragraphs. (The lectures that follow go into more depth.)

02:28

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively write a narrative paragraph.

03:11

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively write an expository paragraph.

01:58

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively write a descritptive paragraph.

02:44

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively write a persuasive paragraph.

The Four Types of Paragraphs
10 questions
Section 3: Writing Compositions
05:53

In this lecture, students will learn what it is that defines a composition and how it is structured.

The Composition: Testing Your Knowledge and Understanding
5 questions
03:50

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively plan a composition.

4 questions

Select true if the statement is true, and false if the statement is false.

15:11

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively write a composition.

5 pages

Sample compositions are provided for the following three types of writing:

  • Expository
  • Descriptive
  • Persuasive
5 pages

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively revise and proofread a written piece.

4 pages

For the purpose of review and reinforcement, students will be provided with review questions and sample answers for lectures 17 and 18: Writing a Composition and Revising and Proofreading a Composition.

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Instructor Biography

Simone Jones, Experienced English Teacher, Writer, BA English

My teaching career began many years ago when, at the tender age of eighteen, I was hired to teach English and literature to high school students. I immediately fell in love with the profession and excelled as a teacher despite my youth. Two years later, I was given the important task of preparing a class of struggling students for their GCE ‘O’ level English Exam—a rigorous exam set by the University of Cambridge in England. I was told to expect the very worse from these students. It appeared that everyone had written them off as failures who could not and would not succeed. I made it my mission to prove everyone wrong, and I did. Approximately eighty percent of my students passed the exam, and several students passed with distinction.

I had many such successes with my beloved students during my years as a teacher. In 2007, I was even given a Teacher of the Year Award for my dedicated service to my students. I believe that these successes were a result of five basic beliefs that I have with regards to teaching. They are:

1. Students fail to learn when teachers fail to teach.

2. When a teacher has low expectations for his or her students, they will meet these low expectations. In other words, teachers who set the bar low encourage students to underachieve.

3. The best way to teach is to begin with the basics in order to create a strong foundation on which learning can be built.

4. Good teachers are the ones who are able to break the subject material down to the very simplest form.

5. Effective teachers constantly reinforce topics that they teach through repetition and revision. They don’t simply teach a topic, put it to bed, and then expect students to remember the material long after.

As a result of being a highly effective classroom teacher, I was often asked to teach honors and advanced placement classes, and I respectfully refused. I wanted to help the students who really needed my help, not the brightest and best students who could more or less learn on their own if given the textbooks. I enjoy helping struggling students learn; they are the ones that most need help, and it is they who most benefit from the tuition that talented teachers can provide. My experience with teaching struggling students means that I know how to make learning simple and easy. I believe that this will be evident in the courses I create.

My passion and love for English makes teaching it second nature. I have seven years of experience as an English and literature teacher at the secondary level, and I have also privately tutored students in English for many years. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Currently, I am an author; I write self-help books under a pen name for the Amazon Kindle. I love writing, and my love for writing translates into a joy for teaching it as well. Unfortunately, in recent years, I haven’t had the opportunity to teach as much as I would like. I couldn’t find a way to teach and pursue writing at the same time. This has been a source of sadness for me; I have truly missed teaching. Fortunately, however, the Udemy learning platform has now provided me with the opportunity to both write and teach; I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

I look forward to creating many English courses that will help students at every level to master their grammar and writing skills. It would truly be a great pleasure to have you as my student.

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