Ch 12: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing

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Getting great marks on the writing components of the SBA for grades 3-5 English Language Arts will be simple as your student reviews these videos and masters the information therein. Get an idea for how they are doing by having them complete the assessments.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing - Chapter Summary

In these videos we set out to give your student a firm understanding of how to use tone, audience analysis, structure, and word choice to craft first-rate academic writing. These principles will be essential in maximizing your student's potential for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) English Language Arts assessments for grades 3-5. Our expert teachers provide video lessons on:

  • Writing for the audience
  • Objectivity in writing
  • Using sources and reference material
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Writing effective arguments
  • Using precise language

Your student can review these lessons at home on the computer or on their mobile device during the bus ride to and from school; at under 10 minutes a piece, these videos are extremely versatile to minimize impact on other activities. You can use the lesson transcript as a handout to review key terms with your student and the quizzes as a brief gauge of their comprehension. Have them take the test at the end of the chapter to get an idea of how well they absorbed the information in these videos. Review videos of areas where they are struggling or use the instructor contact option to ask a question of our instructors.

11 Lessons in Chapter 12: SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing
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Writing for Your Audience

1. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

2. Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

Literally meaning 'uninfluenced by personal feelings in representing facts,' objective writing strives to do just that. This lesson will discuss the purpose of objective writing, as well as show you how to both identify and use it to your advantage, through examples and quizzing.

What is Tone? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Tone? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what tone is in writing and how it can be used to make your writing more interesting to your audience by taking a look at some examples.

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 Use Reference Material in Your Writing

5. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

6. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

7. 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!

How to Write a Great Argument

8. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

9. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

10. 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.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

11. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

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