Ch 8: CSET English IV: The Writing Process

About This Chapter

Find out how to write a compelling essay. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will show you the techniques you'll need as you prepare for these types of questions on the CSET English test.

CSET English IV: The Writing Process - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will show you how to organize your thoughts and write a convincing essay. You'll learn how to write quickly and how to stay on-topic. Other lessons cover choosing the correct language, writing for a specific audience and editing. The video lessons will help you deal with CSET questions covering these topics:

  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Composing an introduction
  • Writing quickly
  • Staying on track
  • Choosing language to set the tone of your essay
  • Picking and developing an appeal that will engage readers
  • Appealing to your audience through logos, pathos or ethos
  • Using rhetorical skills in essays
  • Editing techniques, including peer editing

The instructors of these engaging lessons will help you learn to write solid essays that make your point and reach your audience. You'll be prepared for the test questions and have fun while you're learning.

CSET English IV: The Writing Process Objectives

All teachers who want to specialize in a particular subject in California must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). The topics covered in this chapter are part of the CSET English Subtest IV. English Subtest IV consists of four short-response questions on media, speech and creative performance. In addition to these questions, the CSET English test has 100 multiple-choice questions and two longer-response questions. You'll be able to hone your test-taking skills and check your knowledge through self-assessment tests at the end of each lesson.

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: CSET English IV: The Writing Process
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What Is Brainstorming?

1. 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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

3. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

4. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

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.

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.

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

7. 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

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

8. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

9. 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.

Writing for Your Audience

10. 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 Edit and Improve Essay Content

11. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

12. Peer Editing: How to Edit Essays By Other Writers

Alfred Sheinwold once said, 'Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.' A great way to improve your own writing is by editing the writing of others - especially when you have to find the not so obvious mistakes. That is what we will be learning in this lesson - how to edit the work of other writers. The biggest benefit will be in helping you avoid those same mistakes in your own writing.

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