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Ch 8: MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Informative Texts

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Prepare for the MEGA English exam by watching the video lessons presented in this chapter that guide you through the techniques of writing an informative essay. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to test your understanding of the material.

MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Informative Texts - Chapter Summary

Most informational text is written with the intent to inform readers of the subject being discussed. To be an effective writer, it is important to develop techniques that help you organize your thoughts and information into a cohesive, informative and accurate essay. The lessons in this chapter reveal those techniques in a descriptive, easy-to-understand format so they are easily learned. The techniques explored in these lessons include:

  • Characteristics and structure of informative and descriptive essays
  • Developing a main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences for your essay
  • Using a summary preview to introduce a topic
  • Ways to organize and categorize ideas, information and concepts
  • Five-paragraph essay structure and the importance of using precise language
  • Framework of informative speeches
  • Proper use of source information and how to evaluate evidence for accuracy

Utilize the information in these study guide lessons to strengthen your writing skills while also preparing for the Writing and Researching portion of the MEGA English exam. Take the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to make sure you have gained thorough comprehension of this information. Use the direct links within the quizzes to go back to specific points within the video for review.

MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Informative Texts Chapter Objectives

The Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) English exam is used to test an educator's content knowledge, teaching skills and ability to meet state educational standards in order to gain teaching licensure. This exam is computer-based and contains 100 multiple-choice questions with a two-hour time allotment. There are four domains presented on the exam, each covering specific competencies educators are required to know. The information you learn in this study guide chapter will specifically apply to the second domain, Writing and Research. This section contains 35% of the exam questions.

You will be adequately prepared to correctly answer questions about how to write informative essays on the MEGA English exam once you have completed your studies of the lessons in this chapter. Before taking the exam, practice what you've learned with the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Full video transcripts are also available to re-examine the information presented in the videos. Instructors are also available to answer any questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Informative Texts
Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

1. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

2. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

4. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

5. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

6. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

7. Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

Informational speeches are designed to inform an audience about a topic. The information should be organized so it is clear, logical and easy to understand and follow. The pattern of organization depends greatly on the information presented.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

8. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

9. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

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