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Ch 4: Addressing the Audience of an Essay

About This Chapter

Use this fun chapter to write even better essays by learning how to successfully identify and address the audience. Our short lessons and quizzes can be accessed on your mobile phone or tablet 24 hours a day to help you catch up in class or prepare to write an upcoming essay.

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

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Addressing the Audience of an Essay
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

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.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

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.

Writing for Your Audience

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.

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

4. 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

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

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.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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