Ch 22: PECT PAPA: Writing Structure

About This Chapter

The engaging videos in this chapter can help refresh your knowledge of writing structure. Use the lessons and short self-assessment quizzes to ease the process of studying for the PECT PAPA exam.

PECT PAPA: Writing Structure - Chapter Summary

Get the comprehensive overview of writing structure you need to strengthen your preparations for the PECT PAPA exam. After reviewing the lessons in this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Describe the basic essay structure and essay introduction
  • Understand main idea, thesis statement and topic sentences in writing
  • Detail how to write a thesis statement and strong essay body
  • Explain how to structure paragraphs in an essay
  • Identify tips and tricks for structuring paragraphs and sentences
  • Write strong transitions, transitional sentences and effective conclusions
  • Share how to structure an argument in your essay

Watch the lessons in any sequence and rewatch them as often as necessary to ensure you fully comprehend writing structure. The videos offer detailed instruction and are presented in an entertaining visual package that makes learning fun.

Objectives of PECT PAPA: Writing Structure Chapter

Use this writing structure chapter to study for the writing module of the PECT PAPA. The exam is designed to test undergraduate candidates seeking initial certification in the state of Pennsylvania and is divided into reading, writing and math sections. Expect to see 36 selected-response questions, two sentence correction assignments and one constructed-response task on the writing module. It is taken on computer and is 75 minutes in length.

You can use a variety of resources in this chapter, including full transcripts of the lessons with easily identifiable vocabulary words and timelines that allow you to skip to specific topics within the videos. Short lesson quizzes assess your comprehension of the materials. Any questions you have can be submitted to expert tutors and coaches.

10 Lessons in Chapter 22: PECT PAPA: Writing Structure
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Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

1. 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

2. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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 Write a Thesis Statement

4. 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 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

6. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

7. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

8. 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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

9. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

10. 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.

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