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Ch 11: MTEL: Writing Effective Essays

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Prepare for the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam with these videos on crafting strong, evidence-supported essays. The chapter test and lesson quizzes will help you polish your test-taking ability while reinforcing your knowledge about essays.

MTEL: Writing Effective Essays - Chapter Summary

Using this resource during your studies in preparation for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam gives you a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for detailed review of effective essay-writing principles. Let our expert instructors lead you through a refresher of several key structural and content-related concepts involved in the art of writing good essay copy. Topics covered in this block of instruction include:

  • Essay organization
  • Thesis statements
  • What to include in body paragraphs
  • Evidence-based arguments
  • Strong conclusions
  • Redundancy, pitfalls, and other things to avoid

Our unique study program focuses on using entertaining and example-rich video instruction to boost your memory of concepts on which you are likely to be tested in the MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills exam. You control your review experience with easily-navigable videos that are formatted to be viewable on mobile devices as well as your home computer. See how well you're doing with the self-assessments, returning to trouble areas with links in the quiz worksheets or using the sidebar lesson navigation and video tags.

MTEL: Writing Effective Essays - Chapter Objectives

When you take the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam you will have to take two subtests - reading and writing - which you can take together in one testing session or in two sessions. Taking them together costs less, but you must complete both tests in four hours, so if time is a concern for you it may make more sense to split the exam into two four-hour sessions. Check out the testing locations/schedule, registration process, and score report schedule on the MTEL website.

The content of this chapter will be tested during the writing subtest both in multiple-choice form to demonstrate working knowledge of essay-writing concepts and in extended-response format to demonstrate execution. Objective 0007 is the related multiple-choice segment, with 14-16 questions accounting for about 15% of the writing subtest weight. Objective 0012 is where you must compose a complete piece, using strong essay-writing skills, and it accounts for 35% of the writing subtest. To pass the exam you must achieve a score of 240 or higher on the score scale of 100-300.

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTEL: Writing Effective Essays
How to Write a Thesis Statement

1. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Organize an Essay

2. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Introductory Paragraph: Examples & Structure

3. Introductory Paragraph: Examples & Structure

First impressions are important, and it's no different for written material. In this lesson, we will look at how to write an engaging and well structured introductory paragraph for your essay or paper.

What is a Body Paragraph? - Definition & Examples

4. What is a Body Paragraph? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a body paragraph is, and how body paragraphs function to make your writing clearer and more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

5. 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 Well: What Makes Writing Good?

6. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

7. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!

Concluding Paragraph: Examples & Format

8. Concluding Paragraph: Examples & Format

A concluding paragraph is an important part of an academic essay. There are several different kinds of concluding paragraphs, and we'll learn about the most common examples in this lesson.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

9. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

10. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

11. 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!

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

12. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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