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Ch 11: Illinois TAP Writing: Editing & Revision

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Let us show you how to craft an essay with strong writing, good word choice and no errors in spelling and grammar. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide support to help you with the questions and sample assignment on the TAP Writing test.

Illinois TAP Writing: Editing and Revision - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will aid you in creating better essays by teaching you the steps to good writing. You'll study proofreading skills, word selection, sentence construction and the use of rhetoric as you prepare for the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency). Topics covered in these video lessons include:

  • Using rhetorical skills to write better essays
  • Revising your writing
  • Proofreading for spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Understanding what constitutes good writing
  • Writing and using transition sentences
  • Writing logical sentences and avoiding faulty comparisons
  • Understanding how word choice and language sets the tone of an essay
  • Writing with phrasal verbs or idioms

You'll learn from gifted instructors who will help you prepare for the test by explaining how to make revisions that improve the unity of your writing. Through these engaging lessons and the self-assessment quizzes that accompany them, you'll learn the best methods of helping readers understand your ideas.

Objectives of the Illinois TAP Writing: Editing and Revision Course

Candidates for Illinois teaching licenses must pass all parts of the TAP exam. The TAP is divided into three subsections with a total of 170 multiple-choice questions. The TAP Writing test is part of the language arts portion of the test, which has 60 questions. The self-assessment quizzes with these lessons offer you a chance to become familiar with the test format as well as to test your knowledge.

The TAP also includes a writing assignment, which involves creating a composition that states an opinion on a political or social issue. The assignment is checked for sentence structure, grammar, spelling and the effectiveness of the writing.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Illinois TAP Writing: Editing & Revision
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Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

1. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

2. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

3. 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.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

4. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

5. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

6. 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 Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

7. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

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.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

9. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

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