Ch 20: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style

About This Chapter

Use the engaging video lessons and practice quizzes in this Writing Style chapter to dust off your writing skills in preparation for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style - Chapter Summary

This chapter on writing style is designed to get you ready for the NES Writing test. You'll watch lessons on topics like focusing an essay to respond to a prompt, evaluating reasoning and improving sentence structure. By the end of the chapter, you'll also have covered the following topics:

  • Writing well in a short time frame
  • Using diction to develop style, tone and point of view
  • Key aspects of good writing
  • Writing with idioms and phrasal verbs
  • Setting essay tone with word choice and language
  • Crafting and structuring a strong argument
  • Persuasive essays
  • Using source material
  • Rhetorical skills
  • Ways to appeal to an audience
  • Proofreading and revising

Our expert instructors can help you to easily grasp concepts with real-world examples and dynamic visual aids. You'll review essential topics in next to no time with these short video lessons that average about five minutes apiece. Test your knowledge before moving on to new topics with interactive chapter exams.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style Chapter Objectives

The NES writing exam is part of the certification process for public school teachers in some states. This hour and 15-minute-long test is delivered via computer at a designated testing site. Expect to answer 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of the total score) and complete one written-response assignment (worth 25%).

This chapter will help you to improve the style, organization and quality of your written response. In addition, these lessons can aid you in answering some of the questions in the multiple-choice section of the exam. You'll be asked to revise sample text for cohesion and to recognize effective organization, arguments and sequencing of ideas.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style
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How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

2. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

Active and Passive Voice

3. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

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

4. 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 Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

5. 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 Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

6. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. 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.

How to Write a Great Argument

8. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

10. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

11. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

12. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

13. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

14. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

15. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

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