Ch 3: CHSPE Language: Prewriting & Organization

About This Chapter

Prepare for the English-language arts portion of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) by studying the lessons presented in this thorough practice and study guide course. Short quizzes at the end of each chapter help you assess your test readiness.

CHSPE Language: Prewriting & Organization - Chapter Summary

Before you begin writing an essay, especially for an exam, it is important to brainstorm and organize your ideas and thoughts. Without this essential prewriting step, essays can become unstructured and aimless. This study guide chapter helps you navigate the necessary steps to follow when you begin the prewriting and organization process of writing. The basic concepts covered in this chapter include:

  • Instructions on effective prewriting techniques
  • Prewriting, writing and review
  • Sentence and paragraph structure for essay writing
  • Self-editing strategies

To fully understand and succeed in the language arts portion of the CHSPE, you must grasp the fundamental concepts of writing basics. Prewriting and organization are the foundations on which effective essays are written. This chapter provides you with the knowledge to confidently begin writing the exam's essay questions. You can develop an understanding the technical process of writing and discover how to structure your sentences and paragraphs to clearly convey your point-of-view.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: CHSPE Language: Prewriting & Organization
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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.

The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

2. The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Having a plan for your writing will help ensure that you effectively communicate your message. This video provides definitions and strategies for the three steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

3. 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.

Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

4. Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

Almost all forms of writing are structured into paragraphs. Watch this video lesson to learn not only the definition and purpose of a paragraph but its proper structure and how to make a paragraph effective.

Paragraph Form: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Paragraph Form: Definition, Types & Examples

Learn about the paragraph form and how to construct a paragraph. Find out how the paragraph form is similar to the essay form, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

6. 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.

Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

7. Self-Editing: Definition & Concept

Self-editing is an arduous task that most writers do not particularly enjoy. It's tedious and often times grueling. But it's also necessary. Learn how to make the process easier and ultimately improve the overall quality of your writing.

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