Ch 11: 11th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing

About This Chapter

These lessons cover argumentative writing and reading skills that 11th grade English students should possess. They can help students improve the quality of their essays and term papers as well as make up high school credit in English.

11th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to help 11th grade English students understand how to read and write various types of written arguments. To help students craft compelling argumentative essays, the lessons define the basic parts of an argument and teach students how to support their own arguments using details. Students also learn how to analyze arguments and reasoning, evaluate validity, recognize biases and apply several types of rhetorical techniques to their writing assignments.

Students are encouraged to take the included self-assessment quizzes to make sure they've mastered the argumentative reading and writing concepts they've learned in this chapter. This resource is ideal for students who've fallen behind in class, want to earn high school English credit, improve their writing skills or get ahead in class. After watching these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Write a great argument by understanding the four basic parts of an argument
  • Support an argument using details
  • Analyze texts with opposing arguments
  • Assess an argument's validity and effectiveness
  • Evaluate an essay's reasoning
  • Recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works
  • Identify and evaluate rhetorical techniques in persuasive and other written texts

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: 11th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
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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.

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

2. 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.

Using Details to Support an Argument

3. Using Details to Support an Argument

This lesson will help you to be prepared to make a more comprehensive argument by including details. You'll consider what's missing from arguments without specifics and what strategies to use to improve your supporting information.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

4. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

5. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

6. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

7. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

8. Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

Are you making a persuasive speech or writing a persuasive essay? Or are you a consumer who reads ads? If so, this lesson will help you understand different techniques used to influence an audience.

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

9. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

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