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Ch 40: NES ELA: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

Enhance your preparations for the NES English Language Arts assessment by watching short video and reading brief text lessons. You can refresh your knowledge of brainstorming, organizing an essay, structuring paragraphs and more.

NES ELA: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to ensure you're prepared to answer questions on the NES English Language Arts assessment related to the writing process. After reviewing the videos, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain the process of effective prewriting
  • Define and identify techniques for brainstorming great ideas
  • Organize your writing, develop your thesis and organize an essay
  • Understand the main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences in writing
  • Use sources, evaluate reasoning and structure paragraphs and sentences in essays
  • Improve your sentence structure, write great arguments and use rhetorical skills
  • Set the tone of an essay using word choice and language sets
  • Appeal to an audience, write strong transitions and revise your writing

Our expert instructors offer a wealth of knowledge in video and text formats that allow you to become reacquainted with the writing process at a pace that works for you. Watch the lessons frequently, and submit any questions you have to our experts. Explore lesson transcripts with their easy-to-find vocabulary words, and take the brief lesson quizzes and the end-of-chapter exam.

NES ELA: The Writing Process Chapter Objectives

This chapter on the writing process covers topics examined in the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research Content domain of the NES English Language Arts assessment. This content domain is one of five and constitutes about 19% of the total test.

The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is taken on a computer. It is designed to ensure that educators in some states are prepared to teach ELA in secondary-level classrooms. A passing score at the national level is 220. In Oregon, the minimum passing score is 236. A passing score is required for licensure.

19 Lessons in Chapter 40: NES ELA: The Writing Process
Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

1. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

3. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

4. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

5. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

6. 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 Organize an Essay

7. 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.

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.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

9. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

10. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

11. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

12. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How to Write a Great Argument

13. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

14. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

15. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

16. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Evaluate Reasoning

17. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

18. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

19. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

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