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Ch 16: AEPA Reading K-8: Effective Writing

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and take practice quizzes to review effective writing strategies for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Reading Endorsement K-8 exam.

AEPA Reading K-8: Effective Writing - Chapter Summary

Use these study resources to prepare for the AEPA Reading K-8 exam. You'll cover the writing process as it applies to different types of writing as well as strategies and tips to improve your own essay- and article-building skills. Lesson topics in this chapter include the following:

  • Avoiding common pitfalls in writing
  • Writing introductions and conclusions
  • Developing voice in writing
  • Editing and improving essays
  • Epistolary writing and memos
  • Summaries
  • Analyzing and interpreting articles
  • Improving sentence clarity

Each video lesson breaks topics down into essential concepts and explains them in ten minutes or less. Use the timeline tags to quickly jump to points in the lesson that you want to review, and test your understanding after completing the lessons with our practice quizzes and chapter exam.

AEPA Reading K-8: Effective Writing Objectives

Prospective teachers in Arizona may need to take the AEPA Reading K-8 exam. It consists of 100 selected-response questions and one written-response assignment. The test lasts three hours and thirty minutes and is delivered via computer.

The lessons in this chapter prepare you for questions in the Essential Elements of K-8 Literacy Instruction subarea of the exam. This exam section counts for approximately 40% of the total test score. You'll need to demonstrate your understanding of teaching strategies for the writing process and your comprehension of different types of writing. Other test questions will ask about elements of writing such as voice and organization. These lessons will also assist you with the written-response assignment.

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: AEPA Reading K-8: Effective Writing
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Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

1. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

2. 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.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

3. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

5. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

Following the Writing Process for Memos

6. Following the Writing Process for Memos

Writing memos may not be as common as it was before e-mail, but a memo is still the best way to provide formal communication throughout the office. In this lesson, we learn to follow the writing process for memos.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

7. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

9. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

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