Ch 4: MoGEA Writing: Elements of Effective Writing

About This Chapter

The Elements of Effective Writing chapter will help you refresh your knowledge of good writing skills and techniques. Use our lessons as a comprehensive study guide for the writing assignment you will encounter on the MoGEA Writing subtest.

MoGEA Writing: Elements of Effective Writing - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will refresh and expand your writing skills by reviewing the building blocks of the writer's craft. Excellence in writing is an art, and our lessons reinforce this using the following material:

  • Choosing the right words to set meaning and tone
  • Syntax: the art of crafting sentences
  • Voice in writing: active vs. passive
  • Phrases and clauses: types of each and effective uses of both
  • Achieving effective sentence structure
  • Building an essay and transitioning between ideas

Our instructors are acknowledged experts in their fields. They guide you through the material in an engaging, informative style, and you have the ability to contact them if you require clarification or additional information of any kind. We also provide a written transcript of each lesson to accompany the video, to which you can refer according to your preference, and the timeline feature gives you the option to play selected parts, rather than the whole, of any lesson.

MoGEA Writing: Elements of Effective Writing Chapter Objectives

The MoGEA Writing subtest is part of the requirement for a teaching certificate. You must pass all five subtests on the exam, each of which contains 40 questions for a total of 160. This chapter aligns with the writing subtest, which comprises a single writing assignment. your score is based upon the effectiveness of your writing, how well you developed the topic, grammar and usage, and more. The MoGEA Writing is an internet-based test that functions as a unit in itself. Your assignment forms 100% of the score.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: MoGEA Writing: Elements of Effective Writing
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How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

1. 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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

2. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

3. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

Active and Passive Voice

4. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

What is a Phrase?

5. What is a Phrase?

In this lesson, we will define a phrase. We will then discuss the different kinds of phrases, look at examples of each, and then discuss how to use them correctly in writing.

Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

6. Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More

The writing of a sentence begins with a phrase. In this lesson, we will discuss the definition of a phrase, the different types of phrases, and how knowing what a phrase is will improve your writing.

What is a Clause?

7. What is a Clause?

In this lesson, we will define what a clause is. We will then look at the different types of clauses, define each of the types, provide some examples of each, and then discuss why they are important in our writing.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

8. 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.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

9. 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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

10. 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.

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