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Ch 26: PLACE English: The Writing Process

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This chapter on the writing process, including organization, language choice and revisions, can help you study for the PLACE English exam with interactive quizzes and fun video lessons.

PLACE English: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Use these video lessons to help you review key aspects of the writing process, including structuring essays, supporting writing with details, revision and proofreading. These lessons will get you up to speed on topics covered on the written communication section of the PLACE English exam. The chapter also helps you answer exam questions related to:

  • Prewriting
  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Writing paragraphs and sentences
  • Outline building and organization
  • Using precise language and avoiding redundancy
  • Crafting an argument and rhetorical skills
  • Word choice and language
  • Editing work written by others

Use the video timelines to skip topics you are already familiar with and focus on the areas you need to review. After completing the lessons, test your skills with practice questions and a chapter exam.

PLACE English: The Writing Process Chapter Objectives

The PLACE English exam is required for Colorado educators who wish to earn a subject-specific certification to teach English, and it covers literature, written and oral communication skills and reading instruction. The lessons on the writing process in this chapter will help you study for questions on the written communication portion of the test. Objectives for this test section include understanding strategies for organizing information and ideas and showing proficiency in editing and revision.

During the test, which lasts four and a half hours, you will answer roughly 100 multiple-choice questions. Use the quizzes and chapter exams to get a feel for the types of questions you'll be asked and to make sure you are familiar with the topics that will be covered.

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: PLACE English: The Writing Process
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

2. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

3. 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.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

4. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

5. 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 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!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

7. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

How to Write a Great Argument

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

11. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!

Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

12. Proofreading Your Message for Spelling, Grammar, Accuracy & Clarity

One of the final stages of completing a business message is to proofread the communication for spelling, grammar, accuracy and clarity by completing different review options. Learn how to proofread in this lesson.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

13. 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.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

14. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

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