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Ch 2: MTEL Adult Basic Education: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

Have you forgotten concepts like how to write a thesis statement? If so, this chapter is filled with video lessons and chapters that are perfect for helping you refresh your memory on concepts related to the writing process for the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Take some time out to watch a 5-10 minute video or read text on ways to construct an essay and paragraphs. Quiz yourself to evaluate how much you remember about rhetorical devices in writing by answering short quizzes. When you've reached the end of the chapter, you will be able to answer exam questions about the following:

  • Definition of brainstorming
  • Instructions for effective pre-writing
  • Ways to construct an essay
  • Tips to structure paragraphs
  • Steps for writing a thesis statement, clear sentences, and transition sentences
  • Ways to organize an argument and support it with evidence
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Definition of an author's purpose and voice
  • Ways to revise an argument and writing

Once you have finished the quizzes at the end of the lessons, you can take the exam at the end of the chapter. Please let our instructors or experts know if you have any questions while completing the lessons. Video transcripts are also available for some of the lessons if you would like to review the lessons that way. Each transcript contains keywords to give you an idea of what is most important.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: The Writing Process Objectives

The questions on the MTEL Adult Basic Education will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of how to create and construct grammatically correct paragraphs and essays. You also may be expected to show that you understand the how to present a written argument. This chapter relates to the English Language Arts section of the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam. The English Language Arts section is worth 15% of the whole test. The entire computer test is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-ended questions.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTEL Adult Basic Education: The Writing Process
What Is Brainstorming?

1. 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.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

2. 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.

How to Organize an Essay

3. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

4. 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.

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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

7. 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 an Argument in Your Essay

8. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

9. 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!

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

10. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

11. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

12. Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what voice is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing unique. Take a look at some examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Revising & Strengthening a Written Argument

13. Revising & Strengthening a Written Argument

You've written an argument and now all you have to do is turn it in, right? Wrong! This lesson outlines some strategies for making a written argument stronger.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

14. 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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