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Ch 26: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: The Writing Process

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Allow this chapter concerned with the writing process to aid your review for the English language arts part of the 6-8 SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). Short video lessons with optional quizzes and chapter exam make learning fun!

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

Help your students prepare for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts) with this chapter of enjoyable and informative video lessons. Middle school students will review prewriting, organization, drafting and revising. All of the essential writing topics are included in this collection of lessons:

  • Prewriting and brainstorming strategies
  • Thesis development and writing organization
  • Strong sentence and paragraph structure
  • Effective arguments and use of rhetorical skills
  • Setting tone through language and word choice
  • Strong transitions
  • Fixing writing mistakes

This chapter's self-paced lessons can be utilized in video mode, but students might also read the full transcripts at any time. Students may use them as often as needed, and the lesson quizzes and chapter exam can assure you when your students are prepared to move forward to another topic.

16 Lessons in Chapter 26: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: The Writing Process
Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

1. Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

You should learn prewriting techniques, such as brainstorming, mapping, and freewriting, to produce well-planned, focused essays. This lesson explains the basics for how to conduct effective prewriting.

What Is Brainstorming?

2. 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.

Choosing How to Organize Your Writing: Task, Purpose & Audience

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.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

4. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

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.

How to Organize an Essay

6. 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.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

7. 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 Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

8. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

9. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

10. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How to Write a Great Argument

11. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

12. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

13. 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.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

14. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

15. How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

Transitions are the words and sentences that tie a work of writing together. They guide the reader from idea to idea, making connections that turns pieces into a whole. Find out more in this lesson.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

16. 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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