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SBA ELA - Grade 11: Writing Basics - Chapter Summary
The Grade 11 English Language Arts SBA exam will be a walk in the park after you review the basic writing and editing principles in these videos. Each of the lessons in this chapter is focused on a single writing concept to get you ready to show off your writing skills during the SBA. Topics covered here include:
- Brainstorming essay ideas
- Essay structure
- Writing an outline and organizing ideas
- Composing an effective introduction and conclusion
- Creating strong, evidence-base body content
- Using transition sentences
- Developing good diction, style, and tone
- Proofreading and editing
Each video in this chapter gives a brief lesson from an educator with loads of experience teaching English set to entertaining graphics. They use realistic examples to get you ready for the questions you are likely to see during the SBA exam. The lesson transcript can serve as a handy study aid and the quizzes and test are great practice tools.
SBA ELA - Grade 11: Writing Basics Chapter Objectives
The SBA for English Language Arts at the 11th-grade level is very composition focused - up to half of the items either ask questions about the writing process or require you to compose a written response to a prompt. As you follow along with these lessons, you should deepen your understanding of the writing process. The SBA is not a timed event, but the English Language Arts assessment is estimated to take about 4.5 hours in total.
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. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.
3. 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.
4. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information
In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
10. Applying Narrative Techniques to Your Writing
You can improve the quality of your writing through the use of some tried and tested techniques. This lesson discusses the techniques that will help you lay the foundation for a solid plot that engages the reader. It also discusses perspective, character, and dialogue, and their influence on the narrative.
11. How to Format an Essay With Visual Elements
Visual elements can aid the reader in comprehending an essay if they are formatted properly. In this lesson, you'll learn how to appropriately format visual elements in an essay.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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Other chapters within the Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11: Test Prep & Practice course
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Parts of Speech
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Effective Listening
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Listening & Speaking Skills
- Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11 Flashcards