Ch 2: Praxis I Writing: Focusing Your Essay

About This Chapter

Learn to write a focused essay with this chapter's video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. You'll discover ways to write a quality essay for the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Focusing Your Essay - Chapter Summary

Establishing and maintaining a central focus is key to writing a successful essay. The video lessons in this chapter will provide instruction on the following essay-writing topics:

  • Writing a great essay quickly
  • Responding to the prompt
  • Selecting and writing for your audience
  • Defining and writing a thesis

In six easy-to-follow lessons, you'll learn to write an essay that fully responds to a topic and that shows a concern for your reader or audience. You'll also learn to create a solid thesis, which is an essential component of any well-written essay.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Focusing Your Essay Objectives

The Praxis I Core exam assesses the skills of individuals applying for either teacher certification or entrance to a teacher education program. The Text Types, Purposes and Production part of the Praxis I Core Academic Writing test examines your ability to write well in a short amount of time. You'll be asked to write two 30-minute essays. One essay will be an informative or explanatory text, and the other essay will be an argument. Some of the aspects considered in scoring will be your focus, your thesis, and your ability to write for an educated adult audience.

The Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Focusing Your Essay chapter will give you the tools needed to craft an essay that can receive a passing score. An essay that is properly focused from the beginning has a good chance of maintaining that quality throughout, and you can approach the essay-writing section with confidence.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Praxis I Writing: Focusing Your Essay
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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 Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

2. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

Writing for Your Audience

3. 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.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

4. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

What is a Thesis Statement?

5. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

6. 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.

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