Ch 19: CSET English IV: Writing Process

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to brush up on the essay writing and editing skills you'll need on the CSET English IV exam. Our engaging videos and self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for the questions in subarea IV of the exam.

CSET English IV: Writing Process - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter review the essay writing skills that will help you answer questions on CSET English subtest IV. Watch our videos and take the self-assessment quizzes to brush up on skills including:

  • Brainstorming
  • Writing a thesis
  • Setting the tone of an essay
  • Writing for and engaging a particular audience
  • Editing to improve essay content
  • Writing essays quickly

These lessons are short, about five minutes on average, and you can watch them individually or sequentially. They're available anytime, on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Each includes a written transcript so you can read along with the narrator.

CSET English IV: Writing Process Chapter Objectives

California requires passing the CSET English exam as one of the conditions for teacher licensure in this subject. The CSET English exam is divided into four subtests. Subtest IV, which is what these lessons prepare you for, consists of four short constructed-response (essay) questions on communications.

The multiple-choice quizzes that follow the video lessons enable you to review your knowledge and see where you need extra study. A timeline that links back to the video makes it quick work to review key terms and topics.

10 Lessons in Chapter 19: CSET English IV: 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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