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Ch 14: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Writing Strategy

About This Chapter

Get reacquainted with writing strategies as you prepare to take the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities assessment. Watch short video lessons then take self-assessment quizzes to reinforce the writing strategy concepts you study.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Writing Strategy - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to simplify your preparations for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities assessment. The videos are designed to give you the in-depth look at writing strategy you need to ensure you're prepared for:

  • Describing how to write a great essay quickly
  • Outlining ways to write with good diction, engage readers and write for your audience
  • Explaining tone, audience and purpose in essays
  • Detailing how to avoid redundancy in writing, set the tone of an essay and use descriptive details
  • Examining how to write a great argument, use rhetorical skills and proofread an essay
  • Describing logos, ethos and pathos
  • Sharing an understanding of capitalization rules and writing revisions

You can tailor the video lessons to suit your studying needs. Watch the videos in any sequence and re-watch them at your leisure. Also, utilize video timelines that allow you to skip to specific topics within the videos. This relaxed approach to learning can ensure you absorb the materials at a comfortable pace.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Writing Strategy Chapter Objectives

The topics in this WEST Middle Level Humanities: Writing Strategy chapter are found in the writing processes and applications portion of Subtest I of the assessment, which constitutes approximately 33% of the total test. The exam is designed for educators who want to add an endorsement to their Washington State teaching certificate. Use the video lessons in this chapter to get closer to achieving your goal. Strengthen your knowledge of writing strategy then take self-assessment quizzes to access questions formatted similarly to those you'll see on exam day. If you have any questions about this chapter, you can submit them to instructors who are always available to assist.

You can expect to see all multiple-choice questions on this computer-based test, many of which feature excerpts or passages you will need to provide an answer. Each question is followed by a set of four answers. You will be asked to select one of the four as the correct response.

15 Lessons in Chapter 14: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Writing Strategy
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

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.

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

2. 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.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

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.

Writing for Your Audience

4. 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.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

5. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

6. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

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 Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

8. How to Use Descriptive Details & Sensory Language in Your Writing

When you write a narrative, you can draw your reader into your experiences by adding specific, concrete details to your storytelling. This lesson tells you exactly how to do it.

How to Write a Great Argument

9. 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.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

10. 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.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

11. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

12. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

13. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

14. 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.

Using Graphics & Multimedia in Writing Projects

15. Using Graphics & Multimedia in Writing Projects

This lesson explores different ways to integrate graphics and multimedia into writing. Using newspapers as an example, we will look at how a front page photo adds dimension to a headline. Then, we will examine digital storytelling techniques.

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