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- Understand how to ensure that you're writing for your audience.
- Pick and develop appeals to keep your audience engaged.
- Discuss methods for choosing your words in order to develop style, tone and point-of-view.
- Identify the characteristics of good writing.
- Learn how to write with idioms or phrasal verbs.
- Differentiate between active and passive voice.
- Explain how to write clear sentences.
- Recognize and avoid mixed-structure sentences.
- Describe ways to vary your sentence structure.
- Identify areas where arguments could be improved.
- Be able to write great arguments.
- Write better essays using rhetorical skills.
- Discuss the 3 ways to make your essays appeal to your audience.
- Evaluate the reasoning in essays or articles.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
4. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
5. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
6. Active and Passive Voice
You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.
7. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
8. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.
9. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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
13. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP English Language: Tutoring Solution course
- AP English - Reading Essays - Basics: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Rhetorical Devices: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Beginning the Writing Process: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Writing & Structuring an Essay: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Writing Revision and Skill Development: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Grammar Review: Tutoring Solution
- AP English - Using Source Materials: Tutoring Solution
- Essay Writing Basics
- Essay Clarity
- Editing Your Writing