Ch 19: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to get ready for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing test. You'll watch video lessons and answer practice questions to improve your ability to structure an essay.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

Review essay components like thesis statements, transition sentences and conclusions, and develop your writing skills with the resources in this chapter. These lessons are designed to help you prepare for multiple-choice and constructed-response questions on the NES Writing test. Topics addressed in this chapter include:

  • Basic essay structure
  • The process of structuring paragraphs
  • Introductory paragraphs
  • Developing a thesis statement
  • Writing a strong essay body
  • Using transitions effectively
  • Elements of an essay conclusion

Studying for the NES Writing test is fast and easy with these short video lessons. Each lesson clearly illustrates important concepts in ten minutes or less. Use the lesson transcripts to follow along or as a tool for review. Make sure you've absorbed the information with practice quizzes and a chapter exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure Chapter Objectives

The NES writing exam is part of the certification process for public educators in some states. The test lasts an hour and 15 minutes and is delivered electronically. You'll answer 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of your score) and one written response (25%).

The lessons in this chapter prepare you for NES Writing questions about organization and development in written work. You'll be asked about ways to organize paragraphs, thesis and topic statements, supporting details and transitional words and phrases. You'll also need to be able to identify revision choices that will improve the clarity, focus and organization of a sample passage. In addition to helping you answer multiple-choice questions, the material in this chapter will improve your ability to structure and organize your written response.

6 Lessons in Chapter 19: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: 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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

2. 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 Write a Thesis Statement

3. 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

4. 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 Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

5. 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

6. 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!

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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