Ch 9: CSET English: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing

About This Chapter

This chapter offers video lessons that outline strategies for improving the quality of your writing. Find out how you can use these lessons along with the matching self-assessment quizzes to answer questions about rhetoric and composition on the CSET English Subtest I.

CSET English Subtest I: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing - Chapter Summary

Content covered in this chapter can help you identify the rhetorical elements of effective prose and review steps in the writing process. Get ready to answer CSET English Subtest I questions on these topics by learning how to do the following:

  • Improve your sentence structure
  • Write thesis statements and topic sentences
  • Write an outline
  • Organize an essay
  • Revise and fix mistakes in your writing
  • Brainstorm great ideas
  • Edit essays by other writers
  • Create documents and multimedia applications
  • Use software applications for better documents
  • Write with good diction to develop style, tone and point-of-view
  • Write strong transitions and transitional sentences

This chapter's video lessons include plenty of illustrations to help improve your recall of the material, and the quizzes can give you an idea of how to answer multiple-choice questions on the exam. The results can also be used to determine areas you'll need to revisit before test day.

CSET English Subtest I: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing Course Objectives

The CSET English Subtest I is one of four exams used by the state of California to assess the quality of teachers' subject area knowledge before granting them a license. This particular subtest consists entirely of multiple-choice questions. There are 50 in all, 10 of which cover composition and rhetoric.

The Using Tools to Improve Your Writing chapter can help you answer these types of questions, which assess your familiarity with the writing process - including outlining and organizing your ideas and writing and revising a first draft - and your ability to use word processing and other software applications to publish or present your work. Exam questions on this area also gauge your knack for improving the style and focus of your work through proper word choice and the use of devices like transitions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: CSET English: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing
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How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

1. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

2. 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 Write an Outline

3. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

How to Organize an Essay

4. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

5. 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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

6. 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.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

7. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

8. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

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.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

10. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

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