Ch 13: 7th Grade Language Arts: Writing

About This Chapter

By studying this chapter, 7th graders can strengthen their writing skills by watching video lessons on types of essays, prewriting, paragraph structure and evidence evaluation. Students take multiple-choice quizzes and the chapter exam to check their understanding of this language arts material.

Writing - Chapter Summary

If your 7th grader needs some extra assistance with their essay writing skills, this chapter has several short, informative video lessons that can help them. Students watch engaging videos to learn about the types and structure of essays. Instructors teach them how to prewrite and create outlines as well as how to develop strong thesis statements, main ideas and supporting details. Your 7th grader will also learn how to avoid plagiarism when using research sources for their essays. Lesson transcripts, self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam are available to help students study and gauge their comprehension of these concepts.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & CharacteristicsStudents learn the structure and purpose of narrative essays.
Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & CharacteristicsThis lesson teaches students the components needed to create a quality descriptive essay.
Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & StructureThe instructor covers the structure and characteristics of informative essays.
Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & CharacteristicsStudents examine the purpose and structure of evaluative essays.
Effective Prewriting: Instructions and ExamplesIn this lesson, students learn how to use brainstorming, mapping and freewriting to prepare for writing essays.
Essay Organization and Outline BuildingThe instructor teaches students how to create an outline to organize their essay.
Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic SentencesStudents learn how to develop strong main ideas, thesis statements and topic sentences for essays.
Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and AdviceWith this lesson, students learn techniques for creating high-quality essay introductions and conclusions.
How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional SentencesThis lesson discusses examples of transitions and how to incorporate them in essays effectively.
Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and TricksThe instructor teaches students how to write strong body paragraphs and how to assess their effectiveness.
How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate EvidenceStudents find out about types of sources, how to evaluate them and how to properly acknowledge them in essays.
Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary ResearchStudents learn how to distinguish between primary and secondary research sources.
Analyzing, Applying and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make RecommendationsThis lesson explores how effective research analysis can pave the way for making recommendations to solve problems.
Supporting Your Writing with Examples and EvidenceThe instructor teaches students what evidence is and how to use it to support their arguments in essays.
Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your ResearchStudents learn to correctly quote, paraphrase and summarize research to avoid plagiarism in their writing.
Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better EssaysIn this lesson, the instructor explains what rhetorical skills are and how to apply them in persuasive essays.
How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your EssayStudents discover how to create specific tones in their writing through language and word choices.
How to Avoid Redundancy in Your WritingStudents learn what causes redundancy in writing and how to avoid it in their essays.
Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your WritingThis lesson teaches students how to fix errors in mechanics and content.

19 Lessons in Chapter 13: 7th Grade Language Arts: Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

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.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

3. 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.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

4. 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.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

5. 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.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

6. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

7. 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.

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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

9. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

10. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

11. 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.

Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

12. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.

Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

13. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

14. 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!

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

15. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

16. 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

17. 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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

18. 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!

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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