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Ch 20: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure

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Find out how to write and organize an essay. The video lessons explain essay terminology and show you techniques for structuring an essay so that you can answer questions on the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

The New Mexico Teacher Assessments Essential Academic Skills Writing test will feature questions on essay structure. This chapter illustrates ways to assemble, write and conclude an engaging essay. Grasping this process will prepare you for the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test. These chapter topics can help you on the exam:

  • Structuring a five-paragraph essay
  • Writing a strong thesis statement and essay body
  • Writing clear transitions
  • Summarizing the important elements of the essay

Experienced instructors explain the steps in chronological order so that you can understand how the areas work together for a finished product. Comprehending these steps allows you to approach the questions on the exam. Learn visually by watching the videos and reading the transcripts. You can also listen to the lively narration of the lesson instructors.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Essay Structure Chapter Objectives

The chapter's video lessons and quizzes prep you for test questions covering the organization of paragraphs, identification of thesis statements, development of the main idea and the selection of transitions. A majority (75%) of the two-part NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test is multiple-choice writing questions, while the other 25% is focused on a writing assignment. The writing portion examines your ability to clearly and concisely write and edit a response to a question in roughly 300-400 words.

The exam contains 36 multiple-choice questions and 1 writing assignment. The 75-minute, computer-based exam requires a national benchmark and New Mexico passing score of 220.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: NMTA 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.

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 Write a Thesis Statement

4. 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

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 Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

6. 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

7. 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!

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