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Ch 39: NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing

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Watch comprehensive video lessons and look over our text lessons to become reacquainted with effective composition writing. In no time, you will have the knowledge necessary to address this subject area on the NES English Language Arts assessment.

NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing - Chapter Summary

While studying for the NES English Language Arts assessment, you might run across topics you haven't explored in months or years. In this chapter, you can watch lessons that review effective composition writing so you're prepared for the following:

  • Organizing an essay and building an outline
  • Defining a thesis statement
  • Creating an essay introduction by writing a thesis and capturing your audience
  • Engaging readers by picking and developing an appeal
  • Writing a strong essay body
  • Writing and using transition sentences
  • Structuring an argument in your essay
  • Understanding introductions and conclusions; avoiding common writing pitfalls

Gain access to the kind of expert instruction you would normally get only from a live teacher or tutor without leaving your home. If you need to study on the go, the lessons are also accessible via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing Chapter Objectives

Teaching English language arts in the secondary classroom requires licensure in every state. The NES English Language Arts assessment is used to help states gauge their educators' comprehension of ELA and ensure they're prepared to teach it in classrooms. It is computer-based, consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts for three hours. Topics in this chapter are found in the English language conventions, composition, writing process and research content domain of the test, which constitutes about 19% of the test.

To simplify the process of studying and getting closer to earning a national minimum passing score of 220, review the lessons and take the self-assessment quizzes in this chapter. A practice exam is also available at the end to test your broad understanding of effective composition writing.

9 Lessons in Chapter 39: NES ELA: Effective Composition Writing
Essay Organization and Outline Building

1. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

What is a Thesis Statement?

2. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

4. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

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 and Use Transition Sentences

6. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

7. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

8. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

9. 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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