Ch 6: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Structure in Writing

About This Chapter

Before you take the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing, make sure you complete these lessons to review the different writing structures that you will use when writing your essay.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Structure in Writing - Chapter Summary

Reviewing these lessons will help you prepare for The City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Test in Writing (CATW) by giving you a chance to study the different structures of writing. In these lessons, our instructors will discuss:

  • How different writing structures can affect meaning
  • Benefits of arranging ideas of a passage into an outline
  • Structures of arguments in essays
  • Writing thesis statements
  • How to address opposing claims
  • Importance and uses of transitions in writing
  • Supporting main ideas with supporting details
  • Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing information

If you develop any questions about these topics, ask our instructors. They can help you to master the material presented here. Written transcripts and quizzes are included in the chapter. Your quiz results (featuring correct or corrected answers) can be printed out as worksheets that you can study during your spare moments.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Structure in Writing Chapter Objectives

When applying to CUNY, you have the option of taking the CAT (CUNY Assessment Tests) in place of the SAT, ACT and the N.Y. State Regents exam. Included in the CAT is the CATW, an essay exam used to assess prospective students' writing abilities. During the CATW, you will have 90 minutes to read a passage and write an essay response to it. The material of this chapter will help you increase your knowledge of the different writing structures that may prove useful when writing essays.

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Structure in Writing
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What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

1. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

2. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

3. Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

How can you show you comprehend what you have read? One strategy is to summarize information. This lesson discusses three methods for summarizing that can demonstrate reading comprehension.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

4. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. 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.

Identifying & Addressing Alternate or Opposing Claims

6. Identifying & Addressing Alternate or Opposing Claims

When creating a solid argument, there are several points you need to address in order to make your claim as strong as it can be. In this lesson, you'll learn about identifying and addressing counterclaims to your argument.

How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

7. How Transitions Show Shifts, Sequence & Relationships in Your Writing

When you write just about any kind of paper, whether it's story writing or essay writing, use transitions to help your reader make connections and move easily through your paper. Here are some specific ways to use transitions.

Connecting Main Ideas to Related Sources & Topics

8. Connecting Main Ideas to Related Sources & Topics

Writing a paper can be a daunting task: you must pick a main idea, then figure out which topics, details, and evidence you will use to make that main idea clear to your readers. Sound difficult? Fear not, this lesson will show you exactly how to get this done.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

9. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

10. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

How to Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay

11. How to Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay

Writing an academic paper requires researching and including sources. But how do you use your sources? How should they be included in your paper? This lesson will discuss using multiple sources correctly.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

12. 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.

How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

13. How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

Find out what it means to paraphrase, what the benefits are, and how paraphrasing is different from other ways to cite sources. You will also see examples of the ways paraphrasing can be used.

Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

14. Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

Learn how to avoid plagiarism by giving clear credit to your sources by directly quoting or paraphrasing them and properly citing them in the following video!

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