Ch 19: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Strategy

About This Chapter

A passing grade on the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Subtest II Writing test is a requirement for New Mexico educators. Get a handle on improving your writing strategy as you bone up for the exam with this chapter's video lessons and short quizzes.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Strategy - Chapter Summary

Explore these video lessons as you recall the strategies for improved writing. Recognize that the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Subtest II Writing test requires you to answer one written response question, and to do so successfully you will need to master the following:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Thesis statement development
  • Main ideas and correlating topic sentences
  • Avoiding redundancy
  • Purpose and tone
  • Reader engagement strategies
  • Elaborating on essay topics

The design of our chapter materials can accommodate practically any study schedule. Each individual lesson can be viewed in less than 10 minutes, so you can squeeze in study time all throughout your day. For days when you just want to cram as you re-familiarize yourself with these topics, you can use our lesson transcripts as notes that are easy to skim through. Furthermore, our instructors try to keep the lesson materials entertaining and fully engaging to improve the chances of you retaining this info. As you get closer to taking the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Subtest II Writing test, remember that you can always ask our instructors for additional clarification concerning the chapter materials.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Strategy Objectives

New Mexico's objective for requiring teachers to take the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing test is to verify that educators at all K-12 levels possess a strong comprehension of the skills needed for age-appropriate academic writing. Passing this test, amongst other required tests, is also an essential aspect of obtaining an educator license within this state. The test itself consists of almost all multiple-choice questions, but there is one question that requires a fully written answer. Going through our materials to learn more about writing strategies should assist you with crafting this written answer that will account for 25% of your final test score.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Strategy
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How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

1. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

2. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

5. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

6. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

Developing the Essay Topic

7. Developing the Essay Topic

The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

8. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

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