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Ch 13: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

You will have the chance to help improve your ability to improve your writing process effectively by reviewing this chapter we have put together. It was made so that you can be fully prepared for the ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA exam.

ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: The Writing Process- Chapter Summary

Discover how much you know about the writing process by looking at the lessons within this chapter. The lessons will ultimately prepare you to take the ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA exam. Not only does the chapter aim to help you improve your writing and thesis development abilities, but it will allow you to review these topics:

  • Prewriting process
  • Brainstorming
  • How to organize your writing
  • Developing a thesis
  • Creating the main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences
  • Organizing an essay
  • Using sources in your writing
  • Structuring paragraphs and sentences in your essay
  • Improving your sentence structure
  • Varying sentence structure
  • Avoiding repetition in writing
  • Writing an effective argument
  • Developing rhetorical skills
  • Choosing the correct words, language and tone for an essay
  • Logos, ethos and pathos
  • Making effective transitional sentences
  • Revising your writing
  • Technical writing

Short video lessons last about ten minutes, and there are lesson transcripts available for use as well. These transcripts are filled with major vocabulary words and phrases that are in bold print. This is done to emphasize the important areas of the lessons that you should be familiar with.

19 Lessons in Chapter 13: ISTEP+ Grade 8 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.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

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

3. 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.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

4. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.

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.

How to Organize an Essay

6. 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.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

11. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

12. 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!

How to Write a Great Argument

13. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

14. 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

15. 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.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

16. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

17. 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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

18. 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.

What is Technical Writing?

19. What is Technical Writing?

You might not be a doctor or an IT specialist, but you've probably had more experience with technical writing than you realize. Find out how when you explore the features of this specialized communication style in this lesson.

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