About This Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Other chapters within the Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis (5039): Practice & Study Guide course
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- Periods of American Literature
- British Literature
- World Literature Overview
- Young Adult Literature Overview
- Literary Skills & Strategies
- Praxis English: Analyzing Literature
- Praxis English: Poetry Types & Analysis
- Overview of Literary Devices
- Praxis English: Themes & Main Ideas
- Praxis English: Informational Texts
- Literary Theories & Research
- Praxis English: Strategic Approaches to Teaching Reading
- Praxis English: Language Acquisition & Development
- Praxis English: History, Development & Structure of English
- Basic Semantics
- Praxis English: Approaches to Teaching Writing
- Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing
- Praxis English: Methods of Argument & Rhetorical Strategy
- Praxis English: Writing Research & Citation
- Sentence Types, Parts & Structure
- Overview of English Grammar & Usage
- Capitalization & Punctuation in English
- Praxis English: Revising & Improving Writing
- Praxis English: Organizing a Speech
- Praxis English: Delivering a Speech
- Praxis English: Classroom Discussion Strategies
- Differentiated Instruction Basics
- Language Arts Assessments
- Using Technology to Teach Reading & Writing
- Praxis English Language Arts: Content & Analysis Flashcards