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Ch 20: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Writing Skills

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This chapter will help you remember things like ways to avoid plagiarism and redundancy in writing. Our short and interesting video lessons and quizzes will help you review skills for writing and related concepts for the MTEL Middle School Humanities.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Writing Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter makes it possible to do a lot of studying in small amount of time. You will be able to brush up on writing techniques such as the use of rhetorical skills, quoting and summarizing by viewing 5-10 minute video lessons. You can easily test your memory on the utilization of word choice for tone in an essay by taking one of our short self-assessments. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to answer exam questions about the following:

  • Ways to write with good diction
  • Engagement of readers using appeal
  • Tone and purpose in essays
  • Avoidance of redundancy in writing
  • Utilization of word choice for tone in an essay
  • Ways of using descriptive details
  • Steps for writing an effective argument
  • Utilization of rhetorical skills and references
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Ways to avoid plagiarism and proofread
  • Skills of quoting and summarizing
  • Correction of mistakes

Print out the worksheets and answers if you need to study away from the computer. You can also review the lessons by reading the text lessons. Our expert instructors are available to answer questions as you move through the chapter.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Writing Skills Objections

The Middle School Humanities exam contains six sections. This chapter will help you answer questions in the Reading, Rhetoric, and Composition section of the exam, which is equal to 15% of the entire test. You will have to answer 100 multiple-choice questions along with 2 open-ended questions on a computer. You may see questions that test your ability to back up an argument and modify your written content.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Writing Skills
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How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

1. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

2. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

3. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

4. 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!

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

5. 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 Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

6. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

How to Write a Great Argument

7. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

8. 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 to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

9. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

10. 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.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

11. 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!

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

12. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

13. 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.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

14. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

15. 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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