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Ch 11: Teaching Writing

About This Chapter

The Teaching Writing chapter of this College English Composition: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the skill of teaching writing. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of teaching writing.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material on how to teach writing will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to teach writing. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to teach writing.
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory).
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about how to teach writing.
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers.
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources.

How It Works

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the teaching writing chapter exam.

Why It Works

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the teaching writing chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about teaching writing. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a teaching writing unit of an English College Composition: Help and Review course. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to journalism
  • The role of journalism in contemporary society
  • Tools and methods for assessing student writing
  • Writing effective essay prompts
  • Interactive writing activities for individuals and groups
  • Expository essays
  • Argumentative essays
  • Using multiple sources of information in an essay
  • Informational texts
  • Connecting ideas in informational text
  • Supplemental features and informational text
  • The process of writing
  • Stages of the recursive writing process
  • Creating a writing portfolio
  • Self-assessment in writing
  • Writing for different kinds of media
  • Literature-based creative writing
  • Conventions of research and academic inquiry
  • Interpreting research findings in an essay

31 Lessons in Chapter 11: Teaching Writing
Types of Journalism

1. Types of Journalism

Journalism, the collecting and presenting of information to the public, can be divided into particular types of stories. This lesson discusses these types of stories and their characteristics.

Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

2. Assessing Student Writing: Examples, Tools & Methods

When reviewing a student's essay, you should offer an assessment of the writing to help students develop as writers. In this lesson, we will review the tools and methods used to assess a student's paper.

Writing Effective Essay Prompts

3. Writing Effective Essay Prompts

Consider some of the fundamental principles that professional educators typically include among their essay prompt musts. Note the emphasis on clarity, creative stimulation, and fairness.

Fun, Interactive Writing Activities: Individual & Group

4. Fun, Interactive Writing Activities: Individual & Group

Ever wonder how you can make writing a fun activity in your classroom? This lesson describes some strategies to making writing an interactive and intriguing learning opportunity.

How to Organize an Essay

5. 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 Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay

6. How to Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay

Writing an academic paper requires researching and including sources. But how do you use your sources? How should they be included in your paper? This lesson will discuss using multiple sources correctly.

Organizational Features & Structures of Informational Texts

7. Organizational Features & Structures of Informational Texts

How do authors make informational texts easier to read for their audience? This lesson explains the different types of organizational structures and text structures that can be used in an informational text.

The Writing Process: Definition & Steps

8. The Writing Process: Definition & Steps

Writing is one of the most common ways we communicate. To be a successful writer, you should practice the five steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publication.

Recursively Using Stages of the Writing Process

9. Recursively Using Stages of the Writing Process

This lesson will explore the distinct stages of the writing process. In addition, the lesson will emphasize the recursive nature of the writing process, demonstrating that the most effective writing entails a multi-draft, multiple revision process.

How to Create a Writing Portfolio

10. How to Create a Writing Portfolio

A writing portfolio is used by artists to show a collection of works. In a writing course, a portfolio is a collection of a student's writings. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of a portfolio and how to create one.

Self-Assessment in Writing: Definition & Examples

11. Self-Assessment in Writing: Definition & Examples

Self-assessment takes place when we review our writing, either during or after. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of self-assessment and how we can practice this step.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

12. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Literature-Based Creative Writing: Responses, Fanfiction & More

13. Literature-Based Creative Writing: Responses, Fanfiction & More

Literature helps us learn about the world. There are many ways to respond to literature, beyond coming up with a plot summary. In this lesson, learn about some of the ways you can creatively respond to literature.

Conventions of Research & Academic Inquiry

14. Conventions of Research & Academic Inquiry

Research writing is a common academic writing assignment. In this lesson, we will define what a research paper is, the patterns it may use, and how to plan and research a topic.

Introduction to Journalism: History & Society

15. Introduction to Journalism: History & Society

Journalism has been a part of America from the beginning. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, there were many changes in newspapers and reporting. We will explore some of those changes in this lesson.

Contemporary Journalism & Its Role in Society

16. Contemporary Journalism & Its Role in Society

Journalism is a part of our culture. As online publication grows in popularity, the contemporary journalist's role in society has changed. In this lesson, we will discuss how print journalism declined and the new role of online journalism.

How to Write Effective Essay Prompts

17. How to Write Effective Essay Prompts

To help your students develop stronger essays, you should develop effective essay prompts. In this lesson, we will discuss the steps to take to create an essay prompt that will inspire critical analysis and reasoning.

Individual & Group Interactive Writing Activities

18. Individual & Group Interactive Writing Activities

Interactive writing is a cooperative event in which a teacher and students jointly compose and write a text. In this lesson, we will discuss how to use interactive writing in both individual and group settings.

Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

19. Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

Informational texts are a type of nonfiction, factual writing. This lesson will identify the organizational features and structures of informational texts. It will also discuss the different patterns an author may use.

How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text

20. How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text

Informational texts are factual, nonfiction writings. In order for us to learn new information, we should be able to find and connect the ideas in an informational text, and this lesson will introduce the key features that organize these ideas.

How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text

21. How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text

Informational texts are nonfiction writings that inform the audience about a topic. To help organize these texts, supplemental features are used. These include print features, organizational aids, and visuals.

Stages of the Recursive Writing Process

22. Stages of the Recursive Writing Process

To grow as a writer, you should spend time revisiting and reflecting on your work. When you do so, you are practicing recursive writing. Recursive writing allows you to rethink all stages of your writing.

Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

23. Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

Argumentative essays are kind of like superpowers: they allow you to get what you want using the superpower of persuasion. View this lesson and learn how to channel persuasion to write a good essay.

Argumentative Essay Vocabulary List & Flashcards

Argumentative Essay Vocabulary List & Flashcards

An argumentative essay is a written piece meant to persuade the reader to agree with the author on a given topic. This flashcard set will define the important parts of argumentative essays and provide important practice in identifying each of these components.

Inverted Word Order: Definition & Examples

25. Inverted Word Order: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, the importance of word order in language you will learn. Does the previous sentence sound like something Yoda would say? It's an example of inverted word order. Learn about the purpose of inverted word and see some examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Argumentative Essay Thesis Examples

26. Argumentative Essay Thesis Examples

One type of essay seeks to convince the reader of a position or opinion. This is called an argumentative essay. This lesson will provide several examples of thesis statements to help you write your own thesis for your argumentative essay.

Thesis Statement Examples for Research Papers

27. Thesis Statement Examples for Research Papers

A thesis statement can be the thing that makes or breaks your research paper. This lesson will give you some examples of good thesis statements as well as an explanation of how they work in the context of a paper.

Compare & Contrast Thesis Statement Examples

28. Compare & Contrast Thesis Statement Examples

There are many different kinds of essays you will have to write as a student. One of these is a compare and contrast essay. This lesson will provide you with a brief description of this type of essay and several thesis statement examples.

Analytical Thesis Statement Examples

29. Analytical Thesis Statement Examples

Writing analytical essays can be a wonderful opportunity to express your own voice and opinion. A strong thesis statement sets the stage for an overall strong essay. This lesson offers you some examples of how such a thesis statement might look.

Persuasive Thesis Statement Examples

30. Persuasive Thesis Statement Examples

When you are writing an essay, it is important to spend time focusing particularly on your thesis. This lesson provides you with some examples of how a thesis statement can look in the context of a persuasive piece of writing.

Informative Thesis Statement Examples

31. Informative Thesis Statement Examples

If you are writing an informative essay, you might be struggling with how to best formulate your thesis statement. This lesson will help with some examples of how the thesis might look and why it really matters.

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