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TAP Writing: Practice - Chapter Summary
These lessons will help you prepare for the Illinois TAP - Test of Academic Proficiency by giving you the practice needed to complete a sound essay. As you prepare for the TAP's writing assignment, you'll learn about various types of essays and what is required in each. Presenting a solid argument is discussed, and you'll also study methods of engaging your audience. The lessons will teach you how to organize your thoughts and get the essay written within the time constraints of the exam. Here are some of the topics covered by the lessons in this chapter:
- Writing a good essay quickly
- Choosing and developing an appeal that engages readers
- Writing a sound argument
- Structuring your argument
- Writing a thesis to capture an audience
- Writing a strong essay body
- Understanding the definitions and characteristics of informative, descriptive, evaluative, narrative and persuasive essays (examples will be provided)
Guided by experienced instructors, you will learn how to structure various types of essays and do a thorough job of writing, all the while mindful of time limits. As you prepare for the TAP's writing assignment, you will enjoy watching these videos and engaging in writing practice assignments.
Objectives of the Illinois TAP Writing: Practice Course
Candidates for teaching licenses in Illinois must pass the TAP. The TAP Writing exam is part of the test's language arts section. The TAP is divided into three subject-area sections with 170 total multiple-choice questions, and there is also a practice writing assignment. The lessons in the TAP Writing: Practice chapter prepare you for the writing assignment. You will be asked to produce an essay on a contemporary political or social issue. The essay will be evaluated for the use of proper sentence structure, grammar and spelling as well as for your ability to make a sound argument that is appropriate for your audience.
1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly
Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.
2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.
3. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal
There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.
4. How to Write a Great Argument
Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.
5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
6. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience
We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.
7. How to Write a Strong Essay Body
This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!
8. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure
There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.
9. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.
10. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics
A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.
11. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.
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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: Clarity
- 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