Ch 18: GACE Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

We can help you identify the critical elements of the writing process as part of your preparation for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are included to get you ready for related test questions.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter as part of your strategy for revisiting what you've learned about the writing process in preparation for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. The videos go over all the important dimensions you need to be on top of, including:

  • Utilizing effective prewriting
  • Organizing your writing by task, purpose and audience
  • Using sources and evaluating evidence
  • Structuring sentences and paragraphs
  • Improving your writing through sentence structure and rhetorical skills
  • Setting the tone with word choice and language
  • Revising writing mistakes

Our experienced instructors present all the important writing process points you need to know about. You can take a short practice quiz after completing each lesson. Easily return to any video segments for further review via the video tags.

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: GACE Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process
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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.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

2. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

3. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

4. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

5. 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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

6. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

7. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

8. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

9. 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.

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