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Ch 27: MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process

About This Chapter

Understanding how to compose an essay is crucial knowledge for the MTEL English exam. This chapter will explain the process to you to help you review the skills you need for this test.

MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review the essay writing process in preparation for the MTEL English exam. Each lesson will detail specific steps for writing essays in an organized and comprehensible manner. Aspects of essay writing discussed in these lessons include:

  • Prewriting stage and thesis development
  • Essay structure and organization
  • Common writing mistakes
  • Developing introductions, arguments, and conclusions
  • Writing forms
  • Developing voice in writing
  • Editing and the revision process

In order to best utilize the lessons in this chapter, read the full transcripts as you watch the brief video lessons. These lessons are led by subject-matter experts who will provide invaluable guidance as you review the essay writing process. After you complete each lesson, take the interactive quiz to ascertain how well you comprehend what you've learned.

MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL English exam is meant for licensure to teach English and aims to assess how well you understand a number of objectives. Of the 100 multiple-choice questions, 20-22 relate to rhetoric and composition. A basic comprehension of how to write essays falls within the objective of understanding the process of composition.

The purpose of this chapter is to refresh and hone your skills in essay writing to help you feel confident in your ability to answer any related question the exam may pose. In addition, the abilities you develop through reviewing this chapter may help you in composing the two free-response answers the MTEL English exam also requires.

12 Lessons in Chapter 27: MTEL English: The Essay 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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

3. 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.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

4. 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.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

5. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

6. 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.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

7. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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.

Voice in Writing: Definition & Examples

9. 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.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

10. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

How to Develop & Revise Your Essay Over Time

11. How to Develop & Revise Your Essay Over Time

You have over three weeks to complete an essay. You have plenty of time, so you don't worry about starting. Suddenly, you have just a few days until the due date, and you haven't even begun! Watch this video lesson to avoid this common mistake and learn how to develop an essay over time.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

12. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

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