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Ch 31: MTTC English: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

Explore the video lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of the writing process. Get reacquainted with brainstorming, outlines and more then take lesson quizzes to gauge your readiness to take the MTTC English assessment.

MTTC English: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you prepare for questions related to the writing process on the MTTC English assessment. Reviewing the engaging videos in this chapter will help you understand the following:

  • Using tone, audience and purpose in essays
  • Organizing your writing and effectively prewriting
  • Defining brainstorming and identifying brainstorming techniques
  • Avoiding redundancy in writing and writing parallel sentences
  • Using reference materials, conducting reliable research and writing an outline
  • Paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, making a works cited page and using MLA format

Instructors provide detailed information about the steps involved in the writing process and offer examples to help you fully comprehend these topics. Videos are visually entertaining, which helps create a studying process that is both effective and fun.

MTTC English: The Writing Process Chapter Objectives

The MTTC English assessment is a subject-area test required for educators who want to add an English endorsement to their new or existing teaching certificate for the state of Michigan. The assessment is broken into four subareas used to define the major content areas of the test. The topics covered in this writing process chapter are found in the genre and craft of language subarea, which constitutes approximately 30% of the total test. Watch the videos or read full transcripts with highlighted vocabulary words to get a comprehensive overview of the writing process.

The test is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken on paper or computer. You can use the computer-based self-assessment quiz with each lesson in this chapter to practice answering questions formatted similarly to those you'll see on the test. If you prefer taking your lesson quizzes on paper, simply print the questions and you're all set!

15 Lessons in Chapter 31: MTTC English: The Writing Process
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Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

1. 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.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

2. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

3. 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.

What Is Brainstorming?

4. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

5. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

6. 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!

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

7. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

8. 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.

Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

9. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate

Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!

How to Write an Outline

10. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

11. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

12. Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing

Learn how to avoid plagiarism by giving clear credit to your sources by directly quoting or paraphrasing them and properly citing them in the following video!

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

13. 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!

How to Make a Works Cited Page

14. How to Make a Works Cited Page

You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.

What is MLA Format?

15. What is MLA Format?

MLA format is one of the most common structures for organizing a paper in academic writing. In this video, we will cover the basics of MLA format, focusing on citing within the text and creating a Works Cited page.

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