Ch 9: TACHS: Expressing Ideas in Writing

About This Chapter

The process of presenting your ideas in writing relies on your knowledge of grammar and sentence structure. This chapter will teach you how to write and identify the features of well-structured writing for the TACHS test.

TACHS: Expressing Ideas in Writing - Chapter Summary

The clarity of your sentences is critical in high school where it will be necessary to write essays for homework and exams. The video lessons in this chapter of the TACHS course outlines the many ways you can properly express your ideas in writing while also preparing you for the kinds of questions you will see on the actual TACHS exam. Topics include the following:

  • Various kinds of sentence structure
  • The ways to write clear sentences
  • Proper paragraph structure
  • Writing and identifying parallel sentences
  • Dependent and independent clauses
  • Subordination and coordination

Each of these video lessons has been designed to be viewed on mobile devices, so you are able to review a chapter from anywhere you are that has an Internet connection. A collection of self-assessment quizzes is also included for you to track your progress and see just how prepared you are to take the TACHS exam on your scheduled day.

TACHS: Expressing Ideas in Writing Objectives

The TACHS is designed for all incoming Catholic high school students in New York City. Material related to the expressing of writing ideas is located in the Language section of the exam, and all questions seen on the TACHS will be given in multiple-choice format.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: TACHS: Expressing Ideas in Writing
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How to Express Your Ideas in Writing

1. How to Express Your Ideas in Writing

Expressing one's ideas in writing may seem like a daunting task at first, but this lesson contains several guidelines that will help express ideas clearly and concisely. Read on to learn techniques that will strengthen your writing!

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

2. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

3. 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 Identify the Subject of a Sentence

4. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

5. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

6. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

7. 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 Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

8. 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.

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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

10. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

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