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Ch 13: AEPA ELA: Essay Elements & Structure

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A passing score on the AEPA English Language Arts (ELA) Test is one of Arizona's educational standards for aspiring content-area teachers. Listen to our lessons as you recall the key structural elements of essays. Relearn major essay terms from the transcripts as you get ready for the AEPA ELA Test.

AEPA ELA: Essay Elements & Structure - Chapter Summary

As you watch these videos, you'll remember how essays are structured as well as some techniques for incorporating the major essay elements. The AEPA English Language Arts (ELA) Test will probably ask you to define terms, but some of the questions may have you identify essay elements within examples, or point out structural problems within prewritten essays. After you complete the lessons and pass our assessment quizzes, you should have a more thorough comprehension of these key topics:

  • Creating the tone through word choice
  • Planning out sentence placement
  • Developing stronger sentence structures
  • Crafting a thesis statement
  • Building effective introductions and conclusions
  • Organizing paragraphs to add structure
  • Considering audience engagement
  • Understanding the purpose of body paragraphs

However you prefer to get ready for the AEPA ELA Test, Study.com provides you with many tools that can make any test prep strategy more effective. Visual learners will enjoy the entertaining graphics paired with the relevant examples in our video lessons. People who prefer to memorize concepts and key terms can delve into the transcripts, which have the majority of the vocabulary words bolded. On the quiz tab of each lesson, you also have the option to print out worksheets. As an added bonus, all users have access to our instructors, so if you're struggling with any topic, you will always have the ability to ask a real expert.

AEPA ELA: Essay Elements & Structure Objectives

Before you jump into taking the AEPA ELA Test, there are things you should know about this licensure assessment. First, all questions use a selected-response structure, and you will have to answer 150 questions that ask about topics within five content domains. Two of those domains, the writing process and modes of writing, will use questions that determine your level of knowledge concerning the structure and various elements of essay writing. The points scored from these two sections will contribute to over 40% of your final score. Give yourself the best chance possible at satisfying the objectives for these two domains by setting aside some time to go over all our test prep materials from this chapter.

11 Lessons in Chapter 13: AEPA ELA: Essay Elements & Structure
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How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

1. 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 Structure Sentences in an Essay

2. 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

3. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

5. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

6. 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. 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 Organize an Essay

8. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

9. 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.

What is a Body Paragraph? - Definition & Examples

10. 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.

Concluding Paragraph: Examples & Format

11. 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.

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