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NES Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you can explore the steps of the writing process and the elements of an effective compositional piece. The lessons can be used to understand the link between the words you choose and your audience. Studying the lessons and quizzes will allow to prepare for questions on the NES Middle Grades ELA about:
- Prewriting and brainstorming
- Ways of planning out your writing
- Developing a thesis
- Organizing your composition
- Ways of utilizing sources
- Assessing the logic of your written work
- Organizing groups of words and sentences in a composition
- Writing strong arguments
- Words and speech's influence on atmosphere within a work
- Techniques for piquing and reading your audience
- Using transitions
- Manner of editing your writing
After you complete the lessons and quizzes, you can review certain areas of the lesson by using the 'Watch Answer' feature in the quiz results. You can also read the video transcripts for a quick review of key terms. Our instructors and experts are available if you have any questions.
NES Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process Chapter Objectives
The purpose of the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam is to test the ability of potential teachers in the area of English for certification. This chapter relates to the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process, and Research content area of the exam, which makes up 15% of the whole test. Your knowledge of the writing process and organization of ideas in a composition may be tested. The test includes 150 multiple-choice questions on a computer, and you will be given approximately 3 hours to complete your exam.
1. 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.
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions
One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.
6. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences
What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.
7. 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.
8. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence
When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.
12. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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
17. How to Evaluate Reasoning
Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.
18. 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.
19. 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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Other chapters within the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (201): Practice & Study Guide course
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- NES Middle Grades ELA: Identifying the Meaning of Words
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Vocabulary
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Figures of Speech
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Interpretation
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Elements & Structure
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Climax & Plot in Literature
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Themes
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Points of View in Literature
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Persuasive Texts
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Genres & Types of Literature
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Nonfiction
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Interpreting Literary Fiction
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Drama Analysis
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Types of Poetry
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Prose
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Significant Literary Works
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Grammar & Parts of Speech
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Phrases & Clauses
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Sentence Structure
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Modifiers
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Punctuation Rules
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Clarity in Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Writing Research & Citation
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Descriptive Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Expository Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Persuasive Writing
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Active Listening
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
- NES Middle Grades ELA: Visual Aids in Communication
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