Praxis I Writing: Essay Organization

Strengthen your essay organization skills with the lessons in this chapter. Our short videos and self-assessment quizzes will give you the tools needed to write an essay that can receive a passing score on the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam. 

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Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Essay Organization - Chapter Summary

Proper organization is a crucial component of a well-written essay. You'll learn about the following steps to creating an organized essay in this chapter:

  • Outlining
  • Understanding five-paragraph structure
  • Creating introductions and thesis statements
  • Drafting body paragraphs
  • Developing transition sentences

The lessons in this chapter take you step-by-step through the essay organization process. From basic essay structure to fine details like transition sentences, instructors will teach you strategies to ensure that your ideas will be clearly understood by readers.

Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Essay Organization Objectives

Praxis I Core test-takers are often students applying for admission to teacher education programs. There are also states that use the test as part of their teacher certification process. The Praxis I Core Academic Writing part of the test includes two 30-minute essays intended to assess how well you write within a restricted time frame.

On the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam, you'll write one informative or explanatory essay and one argumentative essay. The essay's organization is a primary factor that will be considered in scoring. This chapter covers planning tools that can make it much easier for you to develop an adequately organized response to the essay prompts on the test within a few minutes, leaving you more time to write.

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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.

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

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.

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.

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!

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

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.

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