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Ch 19: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Essay Structure

About This Chapter

Writing an essay requires a formula and structure that students will take with them for the rest of their school careers. This chapter explores the basics of essay writing that appear on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll refresh your knowledge of how to format an essay according to different requirements, such as MLA and APA. These video lessons give you a chance to review these methods as you get prepared to take the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam and get your certification. As you review concepts such as thesis statements and main ideas, you will also be looking at the following:

  • Essay introductions
  • Topic sentences
  • Basic essay structure
  • Elements of effective conclusions
  • Writing a strong body
  • Proper paragraph structure

This chapter comes along with a set of self-assessment quizzes designed to give you the best preview possible for the MTEL exam. In addition to the quizzes, we have optimized these lessons to be viewed on your mobile devices, making it easy for you to study on the go and pick up where you left off once you get home.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Essay Structure Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is taken in the state of Massachusetts by individuals who are ready to earn their certification as teachers at the middle grades level. The content on essay structure can be found in the Reading, Rhetoric and Composition subarea of the test, which occupies approximately fifteen percent of the entire multiple-choice exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Essay Structure
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Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

1. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

2. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

5. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

6. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

8. 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 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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

10. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

11. 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.

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