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Ch 12: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Essay Structure

About This Chapter

Make sure you're ready to answer test questions about everything from introductions to conclusions with this chapter on essay structure. Prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities test by taking the quizzes and chapter test.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Essay Structure - Chapter Summary

Getting ready to take the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsements (WEST-E) Humanities test will be a snap as you work through these lessons on building strong essays. Let our experienced educators walk you through the basics of essay composition to brush the dust off all those things you learned about essays years ago. The topics we discuss in these videos include:

  • The five-paragraph essay
  • Structuring an argument
  • Writing a good introduction, thesis, and conclusion
  • Main ideas and topic sentences
  • Composing solid body paragraphs
  • Crafting good transitions

Each video is brief enough to fit into even the busiest of schedules, with all of them clocking in at around five minutes long. The website and videos are also designed to be viewable on mobile devices, adding even greater flexibility to your study regimen. Be sure to complete the lesson quizzes to see how you're doing as you go, and take the chapter test to measure overall understanding of key concepts and to get your mind test-ready.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Essay Structure Chapter Objectives

The WEST-E Humanities test is broken up into two subtests. Subtest 1, English Language Arts and Reading, is the test in which the material covered here is tested. The English test includes about 55 questions, all multiple choice, about 33% of which fall within the Writing Process and Applications content domain. These lessons specifically address the goals of test objective 0007, 'understand the elements of effective composition.'

To pass Subtest 1, you must obtain a score of at least 240 on the scaled score system ranging from 100-300. You must pass both subtests to obtain your Middle Level Humanities content knowledge endorsement in Washington.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Essay Structure
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

1. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

2. 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.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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.

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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

6. 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!

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

8. 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 Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

9. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

10. 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.

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