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Ch 12: NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process

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Prepare for the New York State Teacher Certification Exam by utilizing our targeted video lessons with quizzes. Review for the corresponding English Language Arts test by studying the steps involved in getting ready to write, in preparation for the test.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Build your writing skills with these video lessons. Review organizational strategies, like outlining, brainstorming and planning thesis statements. Practice the following elements that combine to make strong essays, so that you can be ready to shine on this English Language Arts test of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam:

  • Engaging readers and developing appeal
  • Brainstorming
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Outlining
  • Using structures for strong essays
  • Introducing your essay
  • Writing a strong essay body
  • Writing and using transition sentences
  • Essay writing practice

You can practice writing 5-paragraph, personal and persuasive essays quickly, by following the steps in this chapter. Take the quiz after each lesson, to test your content mastery.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process Objectives

The writing portion of the multiple-choice section constitutes about 22% of the exam. Demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Pre-writing strategies: clustering, brainstorming and using additional graphic organizers
  • Note-taking and draft development
  • Use of pertinent details for main point development
  • Elimination of non-related details or personal bias
  • Strong text organization, with introduction and conclusion
  • Use of technology in writing

In addition to approximately 90 multiple-choice questions, your test will also include a written, constructed-response essay that composes about ten percent of the test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
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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.

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.

How to Organize an Essay

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

7. 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 Write a Thesis Statement

8. 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 an Outline

9. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

10. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

11. 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 Strong Essay Body

12. 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

13. 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.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

14. 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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