Ch 8: MTLE Elementary Education: Writing Skills

About This Chapter

Consisting of text and video lessons that focus on writing skills, this chapter can help you get ready for questions on the MTLE Elementary Education assessment. Expand your abilities and prepare to teach students to write with clarity.

MTLE Elementary Education: Writing Skills - Chapter Summary

The text and video lessons in this chapter are designed to get you ready to teach the fundamentals of the writing process. Gain expertise in crafting thesis statements, correctly structuring paragraphs and implementing pre-writing strategies. Learn about the importance of brainstorming, discover the best location for a topic sentence and improve your ability to come up with a great introductory paragraph as you go over each of the lessons. In addition, this chapter should give you the insight necessary to:

  • List different kinds of writing styles
  • Understand the elements of good writing
  • Become skilled at organizing ideas when writing and provide examples of graphic organizers
  • Identify and write for your audience
  • Organize an essay's main points, accurately structure paragraphs, and avoid redundancy
  • Consider the significance of word choice and recognize its impact on an essay's tone
  • Understand an audience's perspective and position when writing for them
  • Use good diction in your writing
  • Develop and utilize a grading rubric

This chapter will allow you to make wise use of your time by making it possible to learn during gaps in your schedule. In preparation for taking the MTLE Elementary Education examination, watch the brief video lessons on the above topics or study the text transcripts that carefully explain each concept. Online learning is made possible by contemporary Internet-connected technology that includes tablets, laptops or standard desktops. Throughout the chapter, you'll have opportunities to take pop-quizzes and present the experts with your relevant questions.

MTLE Elementary Education: Writing Skills Chapter Objectives

The computer-based MTLE Elementary Education examination is made up of three subtests which, in turn, have two subareas each. All three subtests have about 50 multiple-choice questions and take one hour to complete. Topics that pertain to writing skills are part of the Communication Arts subarea of Subtest 1. The subarea is equal to 22% of the first subtest's approximate weighting. You'll need to know about graphic organizers, writing process steps, the expository form of writing and more.

15 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTLE Elementary Education: Writing Skills
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What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

1. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

2. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Teach Writing

3. How to Teach Writing

This lesson will focus on ways to teach students the writing process and will provide engaging ways to teach steps of the writing process and organize ideas while writing.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

4. 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.

Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, delve into the world of graphic organizers and gain an understanding of the definition and varieties. You'll also view examples of how they can be applied to foster a myriad of educational objectives.

The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

6. The Technical Writing Process: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Having a plan for your writing will help ensure that you effectively communicate your message. This video provides definitions and strategies for the three steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

7. 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.

How to Organize an Essay

8. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

9. 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.

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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

11. 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

12. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

13. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

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

14. 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 Set a Grading Rubric for Literary Essays

15. How to Set a Grading Rubric for Literary Essays

Setting a rubric is an integral part of any essay assignment. This lesson will help you learn how to set an effective rubric so that your students understand what is expected of them.

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