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Ch 6: Praxis I Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts

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Improve your informative and explanatory essay-writing skills with these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. You'll learn how to successfully approach this type of essay on the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Informative & Explanatory Texts - Chapter Summary

On the Praxis I Core Academic Writing test, you'll be asked to write a descriptive, informative, or evaluative essay. The chapter on informative and explanatory texts breaks down the following aspects of these essays:

  • Understanding each essay's characteristics and structure
  • Using sources and evaluating evidence
  • Synthesizing information from more than one source
  • Avoiding plagiarism and citing sources

Informative and explanatory essays clarify an issue for a reader using supporting evidence pulled from source material. In six focused lessons, instructors will guide you through the process of writing a well-supported essay.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Informative & Explanatory Texts Objectives

Colleges and universities use scores from the Praxis I Core examination to assess applicants for teacher education programs, and some states use the test to evaluate teachers seeking certification. In the writing section of the exam, you'll provide two essay samples, including an informative or explanatory essay. The essay section of the test is meant to determine your ability to produce solid writing within a short time frame. You'll have 30 minutes to complete each essay.

When you take the exam, you'll be required to read and analyze two pieces of source material and synthesize the information from those two sources to present the most important aspects of an issue to an audience of educated adults. An essay that scores well will also include proper citations for source information. The lessons in this chapter cover these skills in detail, and you'll have the background necessary to write a proficient essay on test day.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Praxis I Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts
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Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

1. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

2. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

3. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

4. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

5. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

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