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Ch 8: Ohio Graduation Test: Writing Strategies

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Discover some effective writing strategies that will prepare you for the Ohio Graduation Test in this study guide chapter. These video lessons give you step-by-step instructions and allow you to test your knowledge of these skills with lesson quizzes.

Ohio Graduation Test: Writing Strategies - Chapter Summary

Effective writing is a skill that requires development and practice. Use the strategies presented in these lessons to enhance your writing abilities. Utilize the quizzes at the end of each lesson and the chapter exam to evaluate your comprehension of the methods demonstrated in the videos. Some of the strategies examined in this chapter include:

  • Process of writing a quick but informative essay
  • Using diction to emphasize style, point-of-view and tone
  • Developing an appeal to engage readers and techniques for reducing redundancy
  • Determining the audience, tone and purpose of your writing
  • Selecting words and specific language, such as descriptive details and sensory language, to set the tone of your essay
  • Writing an argument using rhetoric, logos, ethos and pathos to appeal to your audience
  • Importance of correct grammar usage, including spelling, punctuation and capitalization
  • Utilizing proofreading and revision skills to fine-tune your essay

This informative chapter provides you with the essential writing strategies you'll need to be successful on this portion of the Ohio Graduation Test and apply to all future writing. Take the lesson quizzes to determine your level of understanding. If further review is necessary, click on the direct links within the quizzes to go back to specific information in the video lessons. Instructors are also available to answer any questions and provide clarification.

Ohio Graduation Test: Writing Strategies Chapter Objectives

The Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) are divided into five parts with each part assessing students' comprehension in that subject area. Students must pass all five parts by demonstrating that they have the necessary knowledge and skill-set required by state standards for graduation. The writing portion of the exam contains 10 multiple-choice questions, two writing prompts and one short answer question.

Be adequately prepared to write effective responses to the writing prompts and demonstrate understanding of writing concepts for this exam by thoroughly reviewing the material covered in this chapter. Use the video lesson transcripts, if needed, to read through the strategies and highlight key concepts. Take the practice quizzes and ask instructors questions, if needed, to ensure you've completely utilized the resources provided in this chapter to prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test for writing.

16 Lessons in Chapter 8: Ohio Graduation Test: Writing Strategies
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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 With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

2. 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 Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

3. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

4. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

5. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

6. 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!

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 Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

8. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

How to Write a Great Argument

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

12. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

13. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

14. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

15. 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

16. 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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