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Ch 17: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing

About This Chapter

Discover the elements of great essay writing by watching our video lessons. Then, take our self-assessment quizzes to see if there are any topics you need to brush up on to prepare for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to guide you through the best ways to structure an essay so that you can tackle questions on the GACE Middle Grades ELA test. Each video lesson addresses topics that you'll see on the exam, such as:

  • Establishing a captivating introduction and thesis
  • Writing strong body paragraphs
  • Utilizing transition sentences
  • Examining best practices for introductions and conclusions
  • Avoiding common writing pitfalls and redundancy
  • Understanding the importance of using precise language in writing

You'll make your way through each topic with the help of our professional instructors, who will assist you in developing a thorough understanding of essay writing in preparation for the test. Using different learning methods allows you to study in whichever way works best for you, and watching videos can provide a fun, unique approach.

7 Lessons in Chapter 17: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

1. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

2. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

3. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

4. 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.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

5. 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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

6. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

7. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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