About This Chapter
Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary
For a helpful refresher on writing conventions, let our experienced instructors help you brush up on your knowledge. This chapter's short video lessons cover several topics including tone, voice and writing for your intended audience. In addition, you'll review a number of methods -- including context clues and word structure -- to determine the meaning of words. After viewing the video lessons, you should be able to do the following:
- Use words' relationships to determine meaning
- Determine the appropriate words for your message
- Recognize commonly confused words
- Construct meaning using multiple strategies
- Understand your message's voice and tone
- Ensure your writing connects with the audience
With the ability to watch them on mobile devices, our video lessons travel where you do. Most videos are under ten minutes long and feature clear explanations and several examples. They also have tags so that you can easily re-watch portions without sitting through entire videos multiple times.
Be on the lookout for links to related lessons in the video transcripts as well. Once you're ready to check your understanding of writing conventions, take the multiple-choice quizzes accompanying the lessons.
1. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
2. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
3. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
5. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message
Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.
6. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
7. Connecting & Synthesizing Information
Do you find it difficult to remember large amounts of information delivered verbally? This lesson will explain how to connect material when listening to a lecture or speech and synthesize the information into key and sub points to be able to better remember it.
8. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing
Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.
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Other chapters within the GACE Program Admission Assessment Test III Writing (212): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the GACE Test
- Identifying Errors in Writing
- Language Facility
- How to Write Well
- Essay Structure
- Writing Effective Arguments
- Writing Informative & Expository Texts
- Editing & Making Revisions
- Research Skills for Writing
- GACE Program Admission Assessment Test III: Writing Flashcards