Ch 19: Praxis English: Organizing & Developing an Essay

About This Chapter

Study how to develop and write an essay by watching video lessons. Track your progress with self-assessment quizzes so you can prepare yourself for the content and analysis portions of the Praxis English exam.

Praxis English: Organizing & Developing an Essay - Chapter Summary

By watching the video lessons in this chapter, you'll brush up on your skills in essay writing and get a refresher on the different parts of an essay. This is information you can use to demonstrate your skills and knowledge on the Praxis English examination. The subjects you'll study in this chapter include:

  • Methods for brainstorming ideas and organizing an essay
  • Outline writing strategies
  • Capturing the audience with an essay introduction
  • Approaches to writing a strong essay body
  • Ways to write a thesis statement, main ideas and topic sentences
  • Strategies for writing for different media

Use these video lessons to review your essay-writing techniques and go over important concepts of the essay-writing process. Each lesson comes with a transcript that highlights key terms. You can review main points in each video by clicking on the timeline.

Praxis English Language Arts: Content and Analysis Chapter Objectives

The Praxis English subject exam in content and analysis assesses your knowledge and abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening along with using language conventions and vocabulary. The test is used to determine whether or not you're ready for secondary-school teacher licensing in English. The exam consists of 130 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. The multiple-choice questions on essay writing are in the writing, listening and speaking section of the test, which accounts for 41% of the total score. The constructed-response questions are found in the reading and writing/speaking/listening sections.

You can gauge how well you've learned the material after each video lesson with self-assessment quizzes. These quizzes will help you get experience with the types of questions you'll find on the actual exam. This chapter helps you prepare for questions in the writing, speaking and listening section of the exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 19: Praxis English: Organizing & Developing an Essay
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What Is Brainstorming?

1. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

How to Organize an Essay

2. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

3. Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

By following a series of tasks, making sure to decide upon our purpose for writing and tailoring the paper to our audience, we can write stronger essays and reports. Watch this lesson to find out how to do these things.

How to Write an Outline

4. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

6. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

7. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

8. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

9. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

10. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

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