Ch 27: NES Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing

About This Chapter

Brush up on the art of composition and essay writing with the help of the educational video lessons in this chapter. It covers many of the topics that will also be addressed on the NES Middle Grades ELA examination.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Composition Writing - Chapter Summary

If you're planning to take the NES Middle Grades ELA examination soon, you may first want to review these video lessons. Use them to develop your ability to write thesis statements and essay introductions, go over attention-getting statements and explore the necessity of providing writing evidence. Watching the videos in this chapter could heighten your capacity to:

  • Define a thesis statement and outline its significance
  • Discover how to capture an audience
  • Choose an appeal that will engage readers
  • Learn more about creating strong essay body paragraphs
  • Describe the use of transition sentences
  • Explain how to structure an argument in your writing
  • Explore best practices for developing introductions and conclusions
  • Discover how to avoid writing mistakes

Build upon what you've already learned as you review the above topics in preparation for the NES Middle Grades ELA examination. All of the animated videos are short and informational. Narrated by professional instructors, they include written transcripts, self-assessment quizzes and worksheets. The lessons are accessible 24/7, so you can study at your convenience.

NES Middle Grades ELA - Composition Writing Objectives

You'll display your expertise in topics related to composition writing during the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research content domain of the NES Middle Grades ELA examination. This domain is worth 15% of the entire score. You may take up to three hours to complete questions on this and the other four content domains. In all, there are 150 multiple-choice questions to answer. This exam is required in some states to gain a certification to teach English language arts and the middle school level.

9 Lessons in Chapter 27: NES Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing
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Essay Organization and Outline Building

1. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

What is a Thesis Statement?

2. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

4. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

5. 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 and Use Transition Sentences

6. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

7. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

8. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

9. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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