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Ch 14: NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style

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Get organized for your New York State Teacher Certification Exam. Review the aspects of developing an effective writing style to prepare for questions on this subject on the English Language Arts Test.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style - Chapter Summary

Review crucial elements of effective writing in preparation for the English Language Arts Test of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam. Explore the following techniques for developing your own personal writing style:

  • Writing a great essay quickly
  • Writing a strong personal essay
  • Writing persuasive essays and using multiple sources
  • Selecting words and language to set the tone
  • Writing with idioms and phrasal verbs
  • Logos, ethos and pathos
  • First, second and third person points of view

After watching each video lesson, you can take the interactive quiz to check for understanding. This should help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.

NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style Objectives

The writing subareas of your test constitute about 27% of the entire exam. The entire exam is approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and a constructed-response essay for test completion. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of the steps involved in writing strong essays quickly, how word and language choice can set mood and tone, understanding the effects of using first, second and third person voices, and more. The writing style lessons in this chapter can help you prepare to meet the objectives listed above.

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. 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 a Strong Personal Essay

2. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

3. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

4. 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 with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

5. 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.

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

6. 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

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

7. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

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

8. 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 Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

9. How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

Writing a research paper requires a different kind of language than other kinds of writing. We call this writing in a formal style. Fortunately, the rules for writing in a formal style are quite easy. This lesson shows you how to do it.

Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

10. Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. More sophisticated design can be accomplished using desktop publishing software. Learn about the functionality of these two types of application software.

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