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Ch 29: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Composition Writing

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As of 2015, the NMTA has been replaced with the National Evaluation Series (NES) tests. These video lessons and quizzes are designed to help you prepare to answer questions about effective essay writing as found on the exam.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Effective Composition Writing - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you reinforce your understanding of all aspects of writing an essay, from developing the introduction to building and supporting an argument. Exam questions will test your knowledge in these areas. The topics you can expect to review in these lessons include:

  • Constructing a thesis statement
  • Creating an effective introduction and conclusion
  • Understanding how to write a strong essay body
  • Defining and using transition sentences
  • Learning methods for structuring an argument
  • Identifying pitfalls and reduncancy in essay writing, and ways of avoiding them
  • Using precise language, reducing wordiness and crafting clear sentences

With short and engaging content, these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide a quick way for you to review this material. Since the lessons are offered online, you can study with your smartphone, tablet or traditional computer.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Effective Composition Writing Chapter Objectives

The Effective Composition Writing chapter is designed to help you assess what you know about organizing, structuring, and writing essays. You will be tested on these subjects in the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process, and Research portion of the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam, which accounts for 15% of your total test score on the entire exam.

This NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam is for aspiring teachers who are seeking licensure in this area. You will be required to answer 150 multiple-choice questions on this computer-based test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 29: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Composition Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

10. 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!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

11. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

12. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

13. How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

The overuse of words is a very problematic issue in any form of writing. But how do you actually cut down on wordiness? This lesson gives tips on how to identify and reduce wordiness.

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