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Praxis Early Childhood Education: Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary
Refresh your knowledge of the skills necessary to write good sentences and essays. In doing so, you can become better prepared to write well and answer related questions on the Praxis Early Childhood Education exam. In this Writing Conventions chapter, lessons cover the following topics:
- Developing style, tone and point-of-view
- Writing with idioms and phrasal verbs
- Editing for mechanics
- Avoiding faulty comparisons when writing
- Proofreading essays for spelling and grammar
- Identifying capitalization rules
- Fixing mistakes in writing
- Explaining how to avoid redundancy
These brief, engaging video lessons adapt well to different learning styles. Watch each lesson as often as you'd like or use video tags to jump to main points of a lesson. Read transcripts as an additional study tool. Take lesson quizzes to assess how well you grasped the materials.
Objectives of the Praxis Early Childhood Education: Writing Conventions Chapter
Passing the Praxis Early Childhood Content Knowledge test is a required step in some states for teachers seeking their licenses or certifications to teach early childhood education. The test is offered in a computerized format and consists of 120 selected-response questions. Selected-response questions might include multiple-choice style items, typing text in a box, and clicking on a sentence or part of a graphic.
The test is divided into six content areas. Questions regarding language and literacy, which includes writing conventions, constitutes 31% of the test. Watching the video lessons in this chapter arms you with the knowledge you need to tackle these types of questions on the test.
1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
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.
3. 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.
4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
5. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept
Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.
6. 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.
7. 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!
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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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