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Addressing the Audience of an Essay - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors present you with some tips to address the audience while writing essays. You'll learn about successfully responding to essay prompts, how to identify the audience for an essay and how to anticipate opposing views. Each lesson is short, engaging and written by professional instructors. You can test your knowledge before or after completing each lesson by taking the multiple-choice quiz that follows. If you have questions as you complete the chapter, feel free to contact an instructor for help. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Focus your essay according to essay prompts
- Write for a specific audience
- Determine the best reader or audience for an essay
- Appeal to an audience with pathos, logos and ethos
- Anticipate and refute opposing views
- Pick an appeal to engage your readers
1. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.
2. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay
Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.
3. Writing for Your Audience
By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.
4. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays
In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos. Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area.
5. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays
In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.
6. 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.
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