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Ch 8: THEA Test: Writing Style

About This Chapter

Let us guide you through your preparations for the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) with the lessons in this chapter. Learn more about writing style; then test your comprehension with self-assessment quizzes.

THEA Test: Writing Style - Chapter Summary

The short and engaging video lessons in this chapter are designed to help you study for the THEA test. After reviewing the lessons on writing style, you will be prepared to answer questions that address the following:

  • Good writing and how to write well
  • Using rhetorical skills to write better essays
  • Writing for your audience, focusing your essay and responding to the essay prompt
  • Determining the main idea; writing a thesis statement and topic sentence
  • Establishing and maintaining a formal writing style
  • How word choice and language set the tone of an essay
  • Writing with good diction; understanding inappropriate shifts in verb choice and mood

Our expert instructors provide the definitions and examples you need to fully reacquaint yourself with elements of writing style. Watch the videos as often as you like in order to absorb the information at a pace that's comfortable for you. Along with watching the video lessons, test how well you understand the lessons with the short quizzes and chapter exam. If you are confused about anything, feel free to submit your questions to our experts.

THEA Test: Writing Style Chapter Objectives

This THEA Test: Writing Style chapter covers topics found in the writing section of the computer-based exam, one of three sections. The writing section consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one writing sample. Earning a passing score of 220 or greater on this section, as well as a passing score of 230 or greater on the reading and math sections, can help you get closer to entering your Texas public college or university of choice as a freshman.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: THEA Test: Writing Style
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

2. 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 for Your Audience

3. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

4. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

6. How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

Writing a research paper requires a different kind of language than other kinds of writing. We call this writing in a formal style. Fortunately, the rules for writing in a formal style are quite easy. This lesson shows you how to do it.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. 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 Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

8. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

9. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

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