About This Chapter
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the CSET English: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- About the CSET English Test
- CSET English: Overview of American Literature
- CSET English: Overview of British Literature
- CSET English: Ancient Literature
- CSET English: Overview of Philosophy
- CSET English: Different Genres in Writing
- CSET English: Using Rhetoric in Essay Writing
- CSET English: Using Tools to Improve Your Writing
- CSET English: Grammar and Usage
- CSET English: Conventions of Research and Citation
- CSET English: Language Development
- CSET English: Improving Literacy
- CSET English: Structures in Grammar
- CSET English: Parts of Speech & Sentence Structure
- CSET English IV: Media, Journalism and Society
- CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance
- CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview
- CSET English IV: Plays and Playwrights
- CSET English IV: Introduction to Creative Writing
- CSET English IV: Genres and Literary Forms
- CSET English Flashcards