Ch 8: CSET English: Essay Writing and Rhetoric

About This Chapter

The video lessons included in this chapter can show you how to analyze the written passages you'll be presented with when you take the CSET English Subtest I. Use them along with the quizzes at the end of each lesson to practice answering these types of exam questions.

CSET English Subtest I: Essay Writing and Rhetoric - Chapter Summary

You'll need to be familiar with the components of an effective essay before you can answer composition and rhetoric questions on the CSET English Subtest I. Review definitions and examples of rhetorical devices along with the prewriting and writing strategies included in this chapter's video lessons to get ready for the exam:

  • Structuring an argument in your essay
  • Engaging readers by picking and developing an appeal
  • Brainstorming
  • Setting the tone of your essay with word choice and language
  • Appealing to an audience with logos, ethos and pathos
  • Defining, identifying and avoiding logical fallacies
  • Writing for your audience
  • Identifying rhetorical devices in the oral tradition
  • Evaluating rhetorical devices in multiple types of written works
  • Using rhetorical skills to write better essays
  • Recognizing different types of writing applications
  • Identifying characteristics of different types of essays

Instructors teaching these video lessons walk you through the material in a way that's easy to understand. Use the quizzes to review important terms and assess your grasp of concepts like tone and structure. Once you've identified your strengths and weaknesses, you can create a study plan.

CSET English Subtest I: Essay Writing and Rhetoric Course Objectives

This chapter's video lessons address topics covered by Subtest I's composition and rhetoric content area. This area includes 20% of the exam's 50 multiple-choice questions. You might be asked to read a short passage and identify its audience or organizational structure and point out any logical fallacies. This part of the exam also tests your ability to recognize the purposes of various types of fiction and nonfiction and be familiar with the type of appeal the writer is making to his or her audience.

Scores from CSET English Subtest I are used along with three other exams to evaluate your subject area knowledge and determine your readiness for an English teacher endorsement in California.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: CSET English: Essay Writing and Rhetoric
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

1. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

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.

What Is Brainstorming?

3. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

4. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

5. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

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

6. 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

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

7. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

Writing for Your Audience

8. 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.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

9. 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.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

10. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

11. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

12. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

13. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

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