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Ch 12: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts

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Use the lessons and quizzes in this chapter to get ready for questions about persuasive texts on the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts - Chapter Summary

Review persuasive texts and strategies for understanding them with these chapter resources. You'll cover everything you need to know about persuasive texts for the NES ELA exam. Lesson topics in this chapter include the following:

  • Definition and examples of persuasive texts
  • Propaganda
  • Format of argumentative essays
  • Rhetorical devices and modes of writing
  • Antimetabole

These short lessons explain concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Track your progress through the chapter with the personal dashboard feature. You'll be able to see at a glance what you've covered and what you still need to work on. Assess your understanding of the lesson topics with practice quizzes and the chapter exam.

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts Objectives

The NES ELA exam is part of the licensure process for English teachers in some states. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts three hours. The study tools in this chapter correspond to questions on persuasive texts in the Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Reading Various Text Forms subarea of the exam, which makes up about 23% of the total score. With this study guide, you'll develop strategies for correctly answering exam questions as well as get an idea of the types of questions you'll be asked.

On the exam, you'll be asked about strategies for reading persuasive texts, as well as the structure, organization, main idea, purpose and intended audience of persuasive texts. Test questions will also focus on assessing credibility, objectivity and reliability, differentiating between fact and opinion, analyzing evidence and examples used to support an argument, analyzing rhetorical devices and interpreting graphic features of persuasive texts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will teach you how to identify all components of persuasive writing. You'll learn more about informational texts, and test your understanding through a brief quiz.

Propagandist: Definition & Examples

2. Propagandist: Definition & Examples

In this lesson we will begin by defining the term 'propaganda,' and then move on to learn what a 'propagandist' is. We will look through history to identify famous propagandists.

Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

3. Argumentative Essay: Definition, Format & Examples

Argumentative essays are kind of like superpowers: they allow you to get what you want using the superpower of persuasion. Watch this video and learn how to channel persuasion to write a good essay.

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

4. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

Antimetabole: Definition & Examples

5. Antimetabole: Definition & Examples

It's easy to get turned around trying to figure out what 'antimetabole' is, but this lesson should help point you in the right direction. Keep reading to find out more about this emphatic rhetorical device and see some recognizable examples.

Rhetorical Modes of Writing: Definition & Examples

6. Rhetorical Modes of Writing: Definition & Examples

If you've ever written anything, you've used rhetoric. Examine the most common modes in rhetorical writing and learn how you can use them in your life.

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