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What is ELA?

Our learning specialists and academic tutors provide 1:1 individualized tutoring in ELA and expository writing for students of all ages

 

ELA is abbreviated for English Language Arts. English and Language Arts are two of the most basic and widely taught subjects in US schools The American National Council of Teachers of English separates English and language arts into five basic categories: 

 

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Viewing
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Teaching language arts as a distinct and specific class is critically important to learning writing, reading, and listening skills. But it is also necessary to take an interdisciplinary approach by applying language arts skills to other subjects.

 

In elementary school,  language arts classes focus on basic reading, writing, and linguistic/communication skills.

 

In Middle School, the ELA curriculum evolves and expands to include more complicated reading comprehension, such as fiction, poetry, and essays. Grammar and semantics also become a focal point of lessons.

 

High School students take mandatory English language arts classes and develop analytical skills.

 

English language arts (ELA) tutors work to deepen students’ understanding of the English language through reading, writing, and speaking. 

 

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What Are the Benefits of ELA?

Some say that writing is the only academic discipline with universal carry-over into all fields. Well, there is simply no denying that in all areas of life, academic, professional, or otherwise, it is absolutely essential to master language skills as a means of effective communication. Having the means to communicate your ideas accurately, as well as understand ideas communicated to you, is ultimately how we create and innovate.

 

 

What Is Expository Writing? 

 

Expository writing, or exposition, is a type of discourse used to describe, explain, define, inform, or clarify. It literally means “to expose.” Exposition can be found in writing or oral discourse.

 

 

Present the facts and only the facts. 

 

If you are asked to write an expository essay, you are being asked to present the facts. There is no place for bias or opinion in expository writing. In a way, this makes writing simple—it is a matter of gathering and presenting the facts about a certain topic.

 

Something important to keep in mind when writing exposition is that you should not assume your readers have any knowledge of the topic. Don’t gloss over basic or important details even if you think they’re common knowledge. When writing expository essays, it is best to use third-person narration, although the second person is acceptable in some instances, such as for instructions or articles on expository writing.

 

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Characteristics of expository writing 

 

There are a few characteristics of expository writing you should remember when crafting an expository essay. The first is to keep a tight focus on the main topic, avoiding lengthy tangents, wordiness, or unrelated information that is not necessary for understanding your topic.

In the same vein, be sure to pick a topic that is narrow, but not so narrow that you have a hard time writing about it. For example, writing about ice cream would be too broad, but writing about ice cream sold at your local grocery store between 4:00 and 4:30 pm last Monday would be too narrow. You must also be sure to support your topic by providing facts, details, examples, and explanations. They must be organized and logical. Details that can support your expository writing include:

 

  • Anecdotes
  • Comparisons
  • Quotations
  • Statistics
  • Descriptive details
  • Definitions
  • Charts and graphs

Formatting an expository essay

 

The typical format for an expository essay in school is the traditional five-paragraph essay. This includes an introduction and a conclusion, with three paragraphs for the body of the paper. Most often, these three paragraphs are limited to one subtopic.

This is the basic essay format but expository writing does not need to be limited to five paragraphs. No matter how long your essay is be sure your introduction includes your thesis statement and that the paper is based on facts rather than opinions. And, as with all good essay writing, make sure to connect your paragraphs with transition sentences.

 

 

Methods for writing an expository essay

 

There are a few different methods for writing an expository essay. These include:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Cause and effect
  • Problem and solution
  • Extended definition

 

 

We Can Help Students with ELA  and Expository Writing

 

Good writing takes time to develop and tutors can help students practice this essential skill without the usual pressures of a traditional school day. In our tutoring sessions, we engage in elements of the Judith Hochman method, starting with sentence work and progressing through to outlining and writing multi-paragraph outlines for essays. Students will receive templates they can use for future writing assignments, in addition to developing and completing their own peer-edited essays. Students who complete during sessions have a deeper understanding of the writing process. 

 

 

At Themba Tutors, we believe the providing student with the highest quality of support is important to help them reach their potential. Themba tutors do this by 

 

  • Identifying and activating student strengths and overcoming weaknesses
  • Improving and building on existing skills and knowledge
  • Relating learning in students’ lives
  • Providing tools that the student needs
  • Making learning fun and stimulating
  • Customizing our programs to every grade and skill level

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does ELA stand for?

ELA stands for English Language Arts.

What are some ELA skills?

Many of the new ELA standards identify a set of skills students must master before they can become fluent readers. These skills include the alphabet, the concept of print, phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, and fluency.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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