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Ch 13: Middle School Language Arts: Writing

About This Chapter

The quick, accessible videos in this chapter will help your child with their middle school language arts class by teaching them some effective writing strategies. You'll also be able to check how well they grasped the information by using quizzes provided with every lesson.

Writing - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter will guide your middle school student through the entire writing process -- from outlining an essay, to structuring a paragraph, to writing a conclusion. They will also learn how to write good transitions and how to support theses with research. If your child needs help with a particular topic, instructors are available for questions.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics This lesson provides the definition of a narrative essay and how to identify one.
Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics Instructors illustrate the characteristics of descriptive essays.
Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure Students study the qualities of an informative essay.
Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics At the end of this lesson, students should be able to recognize an evaluative essay.
Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples This lesson gives students some prewriting tips and tricks.
Essay Organization and Outline Building Instructors show how to effectively outline an essay and organize thoughts.
Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences At the end of this lesson, students should grasp the basics of writing a thesis statement and topic sentences.
Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice Instructors present how to write compelling introductions and conclusions.
How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences In this lesson, students learn how writing strong transitional sentences can improve their writing.
Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks This lesson teaches students about proper paragraph and sentence structure.
How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence Students study how to find good sources and competently use them.
Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research With this lesson, students learn how to use research to back an argument.
Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations Students learn how to apply research to build an effective argument.
Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence Instructors exhibit how examples can create a more persuasive essay.
Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research Students review how to integrate their research into their writing.
Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays This lesson goes over some rhetorical skills that help students write more forcefully.
How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay Essay tone is crucial to getting a point across, and this lesson helps students build the proper tone in their writing.
How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing Students can learn how to avoid repetition with the lessons taught in this section.
Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing At the end of this lesson, students should be armed with some effective ways to revise their own writing.

19 Lessons in Chapter 13: Middle School Language Arts: Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

2. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

3. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

4. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

5. 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.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

6. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

7. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

8. 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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

9. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

10. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

11. 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.

Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

12. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.

Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

13. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations

In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

14. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

15. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

16. 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

17. 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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

18. 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!

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

19. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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