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HiSET: Writing Mechanics - Chapter Summary
This chapter reviews the basic writing mechanics used in essay writing to help prepare you for the writing portion of the HiSET Language Arts test. The engaging videos in this chapter cover topics such as:
- Tone, style and point-of-view
- Using idioms and phrasal verbs
- Writing logical sentences
- Editing and proofreading
- Essay writing
The lessons in this chapter are formatted into short, entertaining videos and are taught by experienced instructors. Multiple-choice quizzes and practice questions are also available to help prepare you to write an organized and grammatically correct personal essay.
HiSET Language Arts - Writing Objectives
The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam that some states use in place of the GED. This exam evaluates a student's knowledge in five core areas, including writing. The Language Arts - Writing exam is subdivided into two parts: a multiple-choice test and an essay. The 50 questions in the multiple-choice portion test your understanding of writing mechanics and ability to edit and improve written text. The questions include example sentences that may need revision and you must select the answer that corrects or improves the text.
During the essay portion, you have 45 minutes to write an original essay in response to a question. The essay is graded on organization, idea development, language and writing mechanics. The lessons in the Writing Mechanics chapter cover topics often addressed in these questions and help you practice essay writing in order to prepare for the test and improve your overall writing skills.
1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
2. 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.
3. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
5. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept
Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.
6. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
7. 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!
8. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.
9. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
10. 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.
11. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
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