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Ch 11: STAAR English II: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

Your search for a fun study experience for the STAAR English II exam is over! Here, you will be introduced to 5-10 minute lessons and quizzes to help you prepare for questions about the writing process.

STAAR English II: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will encounter exciting video lessons about the writing process that will include the steps involved in the writing process, creation of an effective introduction, tips for organizing sentences, different types of sentence structures, and more. These lessons will help you refresh your knowledge of the concepts needed for the related portion of the STAAR English II exam. Your completion of the lessons means you're ready to test your skills by taking the short quizzes. They are great ways to help you measure your progress. Additional subjects included in this chapter include:

  • Instructions for effective prewriting
  • Steps for writing an outline
  • Structure of a five-paragraph essay
  • Process of writing a rough draft
  • Tips for writing the body of an essay and transitional sentences
  • Ways word choice determines the tone
  • Importance of effective conclusions
  • Ways to edit the content in an essay and proofread for grammar

You can skip back and forth within the video lessons using the video tags. If you are looking for vocabulary words to help you better understand the lesson concepts, read the lesson transcripts. After taking the quizzes, take a look at the parts of the videos that discuss the correct quiz answers using the provided links.

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: STAAR English II: The Writing Process
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The Writing Process: Definition & Steps

1. The Writing Process: Definition & Steps

Writing is one of the most common ways we communicate. To be a successful writer, you should practice the five steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publication.

Effective Prewriting: Instructions and Examples

2. 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.

How to Write an Outline

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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

4. 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.

Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay

5. Writing the Rough Draft of an Essay

The writing process begins with a topic and concludes with a polished essay. One of the crucial stages in the middle is the rough draft. This lesson outlines a procedure for getting the most benefit from that first essay draft.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

6. 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 Write a Strong Essay Body

7. 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 Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

8. 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.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

9. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

10. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

11. 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.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

12. 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!

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

13. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

14. 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.

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