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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the MTLE Elementary Education: Practice & Study Guide course
- MTLE Elementary Education: Literacy Development
- MTLE Elementary Education: Print Awareness
- MTLE Elementary Education: Phonics & Fluency
- MTLE Elementary Education: Vocabulary
- MTLE Elementary Education: Reading Comprehension
- MTLE Elementary Education: Literature & Analysis
- MTLE Elementary Education: Language Conventions
- MTLE Elementary Education: Communication Skills & Media Literacy
- MTLE Elementary Education: Assessments
- MTLE Elementary Education: Instructional Strategies
- MTLE Elementary Education: Numbers & Operation
- MTLE Elementary Education: Patterns & Functions
- MTLE Elementary Education: Geometry & Measurement
- MTLE Elementary Education: Data Analysis
- MTLE Elementary Education: Mathematical Reasoning & Processes
- MTLE Elementary Education: Health & Fitness
- MTLE Elementary Education: Fine Arts
- MTLE Elementary Education: Scientific Inquiry
- MTLE Elementary Education: Physical Science
- MTLE Elementary Education: Life Science
- MTLE Elementary Education: Earth & Space Science
- MTLE Elementary Education: Social Studies Skills
- MTLE Elementary Education: Early Civilizations
- MTLE Elementary Education: Settling North America
- MTLE Elementary Education: The Revolutionary War
- MTLE Elementary Education: Westward Expansion
- MTLE Elementary Education: The American Civil War
- MTLE Elementary Education: The Industrial Revolution
- MTLE Elementary Education: 20th Century to Today
- MTLE Elementary Education: Geography
- MTLE Elementary Education: Citizenship & Government
- MTLE Elementary Education: Economics
- MTLE Elementary Education Flashcards