Mistersato411 Essay Examples

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How to use conflict in your story
Narrative conflict is the engine that drives a story. This video tutorial will explain 6 kinds of conflict: character vs. character character vs. self character vs. nature character vs. machine character vs. society character vs. destiny Each kind of conflict is thoroughly explained using examples from movies (e.g. Star Wars and Pitch Perfect) and literature (e.g. Hatchet and Fahrenheit 451). James Frey's concept of The Crucible is explained also. If you're writing some kind of story, make sure it contains a conflict that will hold your reader's attention from the first paragraph to…Read more »
How (and Why) to Write a Business Letter
Learn how to write a business letter using the block format. Watching this video, you will learn how to format and organize your business letter. More importantly, you will then possess one more useful tool for making yourself heard in this crazy, unfair, and contentious world. Learn to resolve conflict in a way that is advantageous to you. At the end of the video is an assignment to write a complaint letter about rude service. Writing a business letter can be a very empowering act. In life, as you no doubt know, there…Read more »
How to Write Your College Application Essay
Learn how to write your college admission essay. Included: how different kinds of students should approach the essay, organization, choosing words effectively, and the importance of conventions. Learn what voice is, and how not to put your reader to sleep. This video also suggests where to find effectively written essays for you to study. 8 tips are presented altogether. Your college application essay could be one of the most important documents you will ever write. Its purpose is to put a human face on your application, so convey a sense of who you…Read more »
How to Write a Satire
Learn how to write a satire. Topics include the difference between irony and sarcasm, ways to know when an author is being ironic, as well as what is and isn't appropriate subject matter for satire. Examples include works by Jonathan Swift and Saturday Night Live. Satire is a creative work like an essay or movie that uses humor, irony and sarcasm to ridicule a person, thing, or idea by imitating it or by pretending to praise it. It makes fun of something the author thinks is stupid or immoral by imitating it or…Read more »
MLA Annotated Bibliography and Online Sources
Learn how to create an MLA formatted annotated bibliography. We'll also talk about how to document online sources. Topics include the hanging indent, online bibliography-making websites, documenting digital images, and how an annotated bibliography is like a spork. I believe the format conventions regarding Internet sources will continue to evolve, so this video may be revised later. It’s a bit of work documenting your sources correctly, but presumably your research was the hard part. If you don't do a good job in this section, you could raise suspicions that you plagiarized or just…Read more »
Reader Response Journal Rubric
Learn how to show comprehension, reflection, and application in your Reader-Response journals. Reader-response is the idea that meaning occurs in the mind of the person experiencing the work of art, rather than being dictated by the author. What a work of art means to you is legitimate if it's supported by the text. The rubric is explained in detail using examples from Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Learning how to make meaning from what you read answers the questions, “what does this have to do with me?” and “When will I ever…Read more »
Essay Composition
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
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
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
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
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 »

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