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Ch 7: MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Arguments

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Go through the lessons in this chapter to review some techniques for writing arguments. These lessons will prepare you for related questions on the MEGA English examination.

MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Arguments - Chapter Summary

The video lessons contained in this chapter will go over specific topics related to argument writing techniques. You can look over these lessons if you are preparing to take the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) English exam. Each lesson will review specific points you'll need to know in order to teach English in Missouri, such as:

  • Steps for writing great arguments
  • Establishing a formal writing style
  • Logos, ethos and pathos
  • Logical fallacies
  • Supporting evidence in writing
  • How to revise for errors
  • Group communication technologies
  • The pros and cons of wikis

You can watch the chapter's video lessons from your computer, tablet or smartphone. The chapter also contains practice quizzes that will give you an idea of what you may see when taking the MEGA English exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: MEGA English: Techniques for Writing Arguments
How to Write a Great Argument

1. 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.

How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

2. How to Establish and Maintain a Formal Writing Style

Writing a research paper requires a different kind of language than other kinds of writing. We call this writing in a formal style. Fortunately, the rules for writing in a formal style are quite easy. This lesson shows you how to do it.

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

3. 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

Logical Fallacies: Appeals to Ignorance, Emotion or Popularity

4. Logical Fallacies: Appeals to Ignorance, Emotion or Popularity

Watch this video lesson to see examples of the logical fallacies of appeals to ignorance, emotion, and popularity. You will also see how to identify them.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

5. 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.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

6. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

7. 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!

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

8. 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.

How to Write Strong Transitions and Transitional Sentences

9. 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.

Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

10. Revising Your Message for Errors, Conciseness & Readability

The three parts of producing a message are planning, writing, and completing. In the completing stage, it is crucial for business writers to examine their message for errors, conciseness, and readability.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

11. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

12. Peer Editing Essays: How to Help Another Student with Writing

After writing an essay, your teacher asks you to switch papers with another student and do a peer review. What do you do? What do you look for? How do you help that student improve his paper? This video lesson will answer those questions and give you tips on how to complete a thorough peer review.

The Benefits of Online Publishing for Students

13. The Benefits of Online Publishing for Students

As you've probably noticed, kids these days are programmed to thrive off of publishing their thoughts on social media! They would much rather talk through a screen than face-to-face. This lesson will explain how publishing online can benefit students while giving them what they love and feel most comfortable with, TECHNOLOGY!

Technologies for Group Communication and Collaboration: Groupware, Teleconferencing & Virtual Worlds

14. Technologies for Group Communication and Collaboration: Groupware, Teleconferencing & Virtual Worlds

Technologies for group communication and collaboration allow intricate business relationships to exist and deliver productivity no matter where the employee is located. Groupware, teleconferencing and virtual worlds are three ways that technology is changing the face of the workplace.

Collaborative Wikis: Use, Advantages and Challenges

15. Collaborative Wikis: Use, Advantages and Challenges

Collaborative work is an essential part of the business working environment. In this lesson, you will learn the uses, advantages and challenges of wikis in the workplace.

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