About This Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency (400): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the Illinois TAP Test
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Vocabulary & Language
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Find the Main Idea & Supporting Details
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Inference & Interpretation
- Illinois TAP Reading Comprehension: Critical Reasoning
- Illinois TAP Reading: Summarizing & Interpreting Information
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Grammar
- Illinois TAP Language Arts: Writing Mechanics
- Illinois TAP Writing: Understanding Audience
- Illinois TAP Writing: Development & Organization
- Illinois TAP Writing: Editing & Revision
- Illinois TAP Writing: Practice
- Illinois TAP Math: Integers
- Illinois TAP Math: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- Illinois TAP Math: Estimation & Measurement
- Illinois TAP Math: Reasoning Skills
- Illinois TAP Math: Algebra
- Illinois TAP Math: Geometry
- Illinois TAP Math: Data & Statistics
- ILTS TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency Flashcards