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SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Writing Basics - Chapter Summary
Your student may not be terribly excited to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts, but they will certainly be well-prepared after they review basics of the craft of writing in these video lessons. Our instructors are experienced English teachers who deliver this refresher of topics your student learned in class with an interesting video complete with entertaining graphics. In this chapter we describe:
- The brainstorming process
- The five-paragraph essay
- The process of outlining, organizing, and categorizing information
- How to write strong copy, introduction/conclusions, and transition sentences
- How to develop style, tone, and point-of-view
- How to proofread and revise writing
Each lesson comes with a video, transcript of the lesson, and brief quiz to check understanding. The videos present the information with easy-to-understand examples from the real world. If your student only needs to review certain parts of the videos, they can skip to individual sections in each video by using the nifty video tags. Teachers can individualize their students' review by assigning lessons through the Dashboard in their teacher's account, ensuring that each student focuses their efforts only on the areas where they need more review.
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 Grades 3-5: Test Prep & Practice course
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- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation
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- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Figurative Language
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Effective Listening
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills
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