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Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Language & Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary
In writing, a great idea will have little impact on your reader if it isn't clearly expressed. The following subjects addressed in this chapter on language and sentence structure can help you enhance the clarity of your writing:
- Structuring paragraphs and sentences
- Writing clear sentences
- Setting tone through word choice and language
- Using rhetorical skills in essays
- Writing idioms and phrasal verbs
- Revising and proofreading
The skills you'll learn in this chapter represent the building blocks of high-quality written expression. In 12 lessons, instructors will break down each of these skills and show you how to apply them to your essays.
Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Language & Sentence Structure Objectives
In the Text Types, Purposes, and Production portion of the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam, you'll write an argument essay and an informative or explanatory essay. Your writing will be scored not only on your ability to respond to the assigned topic but also on how clearly and coherently your sentences and paragraphs are constructed. In addition, a successful essay will display solid rhetorical skills in tailoring your language toward an educated adult audience.
Students applying for admission to teacher education programs and individuals in some states going through the teacher certification process take the Praxis I Core test. The Praxis I Core Academic Writing section of the test examines how well you communicate in writing. You'll only have 30 minutes to complete each essay, so it's important that you're able to work efficiently. This chapter can help you write clearly, coherently and confidently on the day of the exam.
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 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.
3. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.
4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
5. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.
6. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing (5722): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Writing Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Writing: Focusing Your Essay
- Praxis I Writing: Essay Organization
- Praxis I Writing: Developing Ideas
- Praxis I Writing: Writing Arguments
- Praxis I Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts
- Praxis I Writing: Grammar
- Praxis I Writing: Structural Relationships
- Praxis I Writing: Word Choice
- Praxis I Writing: Mechanics
- Praxis I Writing: Research Skills
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Flashcards