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Ch 12: MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays

About This Chapter

Get a refresher on the skills behind writing highly effective essays in these videos and texts on turning evidence and sources into effective arguments. Practice for the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam by taking the chapter test and lesson quizzes.

MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays - Chapter Summary

A follow-up to the chapter on effective essay writing, this chapter takes a deeper look at what is behind a really great essay. Taking some time to study using these videos and texts will help you get ready for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam, a necessary test for all Pre-k through 12th grade educators in Massachusetts. The skills reviewed in the chapter include:

  • Writing and structuring arguments
  • Effective word choices
  • Using sources to support arguments
  • Writing evaluative and informative essays

Your studies here are self-paced and highly flexible: the videos and texts are short, and it is easy to navigate among topics. Our platform works on computers and mobile devices both, and assessments can be taken before or after watching the videos, helping you focus your studies where you most need them. Check out the lesson transcripts and worksheets for printable study aids.

MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam is administered in two subtests: reading and writing. The skills reviewed in this chapter's lessons focus on the writing subtest, particularly objectives 0007 and 0012. Objective 0007 contains 14-16 multiple-choice questions and accounts for about 15% of the overall subtest content. Objective 0012 is the writing composition portion of the subtest -- requiring you to put these skills to active use in response to a specific prompt -- and accounts for 35% of the subtest. To pass the Communication and Literacy Skills test you must score 240 or higher on the 100-300 score scale.

Go to the MTEL website for more information on registering for the exam, including testing dates and locations, score reporting schedules, and what to bring with you on test day. You will have the option to take the subtests together or in two sessions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays
How to Write a Great Argument

1. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

2. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

3. 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.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

4. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

6. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

7. 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.

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