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Ch 12: Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity

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Let this chapter's lessons help you write clearly and concisely. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can show you how to construct sentences that will assist you with the writing portion of the TAP exam.

Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you structure your writing to better convey your point. In preparation for the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency exam, you'll learn to be precise in your word choice and to structure sentences and paragraphs so as to avoid redundancy. The video lessons in this chapter cover these topics:

  • Structuring paragraphs and sentences in an essay
  • Writing clear sentences
  • Identifying and avoiding 'mixed structure' sentences
  • Improving sentence structure
  • Recognizing sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices
  • Recognizing effective topic sentences and effective development of ideas
  • Understanding unity within paragraphs
  • Recognizing wordiness, redundancy and ineffective repetition
  • Recognizing inefficiency in sentence and paragraph construction

Guided through each lesson by skilled instructors, you'll gain a sound understanding of how to construct a clear piece of writing. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for the writing questions and assignment on the TAP.

Objectives of the Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity Course

The lessons in the TAP Writing: Clarity course are planned to teach you how to write effectively through precise word selection and thoughtful sentence structure. The lessons will prepare you for the writing portion of the TAP test. All teacher licensing applicants in Illinois must pass the TAP.

The TAP exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions, divided into three sections. You must get a passing grade on each part. Writing questions are part of the language arts section. There are 50 questions in this part of the test, as well as a writing assignment. In the writing assignment, you must construct an essay on a current social or political topic. It will be assessed for spelling, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation as well as for writing style and success at making the desired point.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Illinois TAP Writing: Clarity
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How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

1. 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

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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

3. 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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

4. 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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

5. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

6. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

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