Ch 21: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style

About This Chapter

In preparation for the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing examination in New Mexico, use this chapter's lessons to explore writing style and helpful strategies for improving the structure and argument of your essay.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing - Writing Style - Chapter Summary

Before you take the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing examination, watch the video lessons in this chapter to learn more about writing style. Entertaining as well as informative, these lessons help to convey the importance of language, word choice and reasoning in writing. They also outline various writing styles and provide detailed examples. This chapter can help you with:

  • Focusing an essay and writing it quickly
  • Devoloping style, tone and point-of-view
  • Identifying good writing
  • Understanding the importance of sentence structure
  • Using phrasal verbs and idioms
  • Structuring and writing a great argument
  • Developing persuasive writing and rhetorical skills
  • Evaluating inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Understanding the significance of pathos, ethos and logos in speeches
  • Revising and proofreading your writing

These topics and more are addressed in brief but engaging video lessons. Take the self-assessment quizzes that are included in each lesson to gauge your understanding of these topics. Use the video tags to re-watch a specific scene if you want to clarify information. You can also submit any questions to the instructors. All of our resources can be accessed 24/7 on any computer or mobile device, so you can study when and where it's convenient.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Writing Style - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing test is part of the initial licensure requirements for teaching candidates in New Mexico. The test is comprised of 36 multiple-choice questions, which accounts for 75% of the score, and one written assignment, which makes up the other 25%. This computer-based test must be completed in one hour and 15 minutes.

16 Lessons in Chapter 21: NMTA 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.

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

3. 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?

4. 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 Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

5. 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.

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.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

16. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

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