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Ch 28: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process

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Use these short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to prepare to answer questions about the writing process that you may encounter when taking the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you develop a deeper understanding of various aspects of writing. You will review such topics as rhetorical writing, brainstorming, sentence structuring, and word choice. You could be better prepared to take the NMTA English Language Arts exam by being familiar with the definitions of terms used in relation to the writing process. Among the topics covered in these lessons are:

  • Strategies and reasons for brainstorming
  • Writing organization techniques
  • Steps for developing a thesis
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Rhetorical skills to essay writing
  • Right words and language

Through effective visual presentations, these lessons are designed to help you master the components of the writing process. Corresponding quizzes not only allow you to gauge your understanding of the material but also give you a feel for what might appear on the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: The Writing Process Chapter Objectives

The third content domain of the NMTA Middle Grade English Language Arts test assesses your understanding of the methods and techniques needed for effective expository, persuasive, and descriptive writing as well as writing research and composition. Studying the topics in The Writing Process chapter, such as organizing ideas and proper word usage, can prove effective for taking this portion of the test.

This portion, which covers subjects in areas of composition, research, and the writing process, reflects 15% of the entire English Language Arts test. This computer-based test consists of 150 multiple choice questions and is intended for those seeking licensure as middle school English teachers.

19 Lessons in Chapter 28: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process
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Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

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.

What Is Brainstorming?

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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

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.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

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.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

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.

How to Organize an 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.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

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.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

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.

How to Write a Great Argument

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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

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.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

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

How to Evaluate Reasoning

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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

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.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

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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