Ch 17: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Organizing Writing

About This Chapter

Watch engaging video lessons and take practice quizzes on writing organization to prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Organizing Writing - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review strategies for organizing your writing in preparation for the NES Writing test. These lessons will help you out with questions on writing development, and they'll give you an opportunity to improve your skills in time for the written-response portion of the exam. Lesson topics include the following:

  • Writing for a specific task, audience and purpose
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Writing outlines
  • Types of organizational patterns
  • Strategies for organizing an essay

Improve your writing skills quickly and easily with these short video lessons. They can be accessed on any device, so you can watch them anywhere or anytime you'd like. Use the short quizzes to measure how well you've grasped the lesson material and see what areas you still need to review.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Organizing Writing Chapter Objectives

This chapter prepares you for NES Writing questions about purpose, audience, organization and writing development. You'll need to be able to recognize whether a sample passage effectively addresses a specified purpose, know different ways of organizing writing and be able to identify strategic revisions to improve writing clarity and focus. In addition, these chapter resources will help you to construct a better-organized written response for the second section of the exam.

The test lasts an hour and 15 minutes and is composed of two parts: 36 multiple-choice questions worth 75% of the score and a written-response item that's worth 25%. The exam is a requirement for teacher licensure in some states.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Organizing Writing
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Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

1. 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.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. 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

3. 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 Write an Outline

4. 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.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

5. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

How to Organize an Essay

6. 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.

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