Ch 10: Illinois TAP Writing: Development & Organization

About This Chapter

Let us show you how to research and develop your ideas into an essay. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you develop strategies that will be useful on the Writing portion of the TAP exam.

Illinois TAP Writing: Development and Organization

The lessons in this chapter will help you organize, research and compose an essay in preparation for the Writing section on the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency exam. You'll use the video lessons in this chapter to learn to recognize good writing and construct a carefully-developed piece in response to an essay prompt. The lessons will help you with these topics on the exam:

  • Organizing an essay
  • Writing an outline
  • The five-paragraph essay
  • Writing a thesis statement
  • First, second and third person point of view
  • Limited, objective and omniscient narration
  • Recognizing unnecessary shifts in point of view
  • Using sources in essays and evaluating evidence
  • Developing ideas with supporting reasons, examples and details
  • Recognizing examples of focuses, well-developed and concise writing
  • Focusing your essay and responding to an essay prompt

Inspiring instructors will lead you through each topic, giving you strategies that can help you with the TAP's writing assignment section. Through these short, enjoyable lessons, you'll learn the skills you need to craft a focused, well-thought out essay.

Objectives of the Illinois TAP Writing: Development and Organization Course

The topics taught in the Development and Organization chapter are part of the TAP Writing test. The Writing test is one section of the four-part TAP exam that is required for teacher licensure in Illinois. In this section of the TAP, you will be required to write a selection based on an assignment presented on the test. Self-assessment quizzes offered at the end of each lesson will allow you to gauge your knowledge and become familiar with what will be required.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Illinois TAP Writing: Development & Organization
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How to Organize an Essay

1. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Write an Outline

2. 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

3. 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.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. 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.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

5. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

6. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

7. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

8. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

9. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

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