Ch 19: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Clear & Precise Writing

About This Chapter

Your language arts students in grades 6-8 can prepare for questions about the craft of writing on the SBA ELA with the help of these fun video lessons. By assigning the short lesson quizzes and self-assessment test, you can gauge their readiness for the test this spring.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Clear & Precise Writing - Chapter Summary

The SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) for grades 6-8 assesses student skills related to competencies in writing concisely. This collection of video lessons addresses all of the following topics:

  • Avoiding redundancy in writing
  • Use of precise language
  • Strategies for writing clear sentences
  • Reducing wordiness in writing

Lessons are led by experienced instructors who make learning fun for middle school students. Videos have animations and handy video tags so that students can return to select portions as needed. Each lesson offers an accompanying quiz to let students and teachers observe progress.

5 Lessons in Chapter 19: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Clear & Precise Writing
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How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

1. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

2. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

3. 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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

5. How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing

The overuse of words is a very problematic issue in any form of writing. But how do you actually cut down on wordiness? This lesson gives tips on how to identify and reduce wordiness.

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