Ch 27: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Writing Effective Compositions

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Help your class review the secrets for writing strong compositions with this set of engaging video lessons. Get started now to prepare for the 6-8 SBA ELA.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Writing Effective Compositions - Chapter Summary

The SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) for grades 6-8 assesses student skills in writing effective compositions. This chapter addresses all the crucial topics below:

  • Building outlines and organizing essays
  • Effective thesis statements and essay introductions
  • Reader engagement
  • Strong essay bodies
  • Transition sentences and argument structure
  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Avoiding common writing pitfalls

Experienced instructors present our fun video lessons that learners may use as often as they wish. Handy video tags can help students go back to look over select portions when needed. If you assign the accompanying multiple-choice quizzes and chapter test, you can see immediately how students are doing.

9 Lessons in Chapter 27: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Writing Effective Compositions
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Essay Organization and Outline Building

1. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

What is a Thesis Statement?

2. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. 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.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

4. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

5. 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!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

6. 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.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

7. 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.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

8. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

9. Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls. This lesson discusses how to steer clear of some common problems.

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