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In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:
- How do I evaluate reasoning?
- Why is it important to focus an essay?
- What are the steps to write a strong personal essay?
- How can I engage readers by developing an appeal?
- How do I structure an argument in an essay?
- What processes are key when writing for an audience?
- How do I refute opposing views in an essay?
- How can I write logical sentences?
- What are some ways to avoid faulty comparisons and logical fallacies?
1. How to Evaluate Reasoning
A critical analysis includes the evaluation of a written document's reasoning. Learn the steps to evaluate an author's reasoning fairly regardless of position in an argument and to understand how to use tools such as inductive and deductive validity in the process.
2. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
Some essays, such as academic papers, are written in response to an essay prompt. Learn how to identify an essay prompt's key terms and prepare an organized outline of an essay focused to appropriately respond to the essay prompt and explore techniques for refocusing an essay veering off-topic while writing it.
3. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay
There are many reasons to write a personal essay in academic settings and the best ones have a clear purpose. Learn how to write a strong personal essay by identifying your purpose, narrowing your scope, editing your ideas, and not meandering.
4. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal
Persuasive writing seeks to appeal to readers and sway their perspectives. Learn about the three types of appeals--logical, ethical, and emotional--and explore how to engage readers by picking the appropriate type of appeal and developing an effective argument for the appeal.
5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
Some essays are used to argue a perspective and persuade an audience. Learn how to structure and organize an argument in an essay and recognize the components needed to create a strong argument.
6. Writing for Your Audience
To be effective, essays and other documents should be written to appeal to their target audience. Learn how to write for an audience by considering fundamental characteristics such as positions, perspectives, and knowledge of the most likely readers.
7. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays
Regardless of how well an essay is written, some members of an audience likely will oppose the author's arguments. Learn how to write essays that have strong arguments, anticipate audience opposition, and address and refute opposing views.
8. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
When used incorrectly, comparisons between two things can become faulty. Learn how to write logical sentences and avoid faulty comparisons like illogical comparison errors, no comparison errors, and misused comparatives and superlatives.
9. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
Argumentative writing must be as logical as possible, while faulty reasoning can lead to flawed arguments. Learn how to define, identify, and avoid logical fallacies like broad generalizations and non-sequiturs.
10. What is Logic? - Definition & Examples
Logic is the use of data to develop rational conclusions. Learn the definitions of multiple types of logic, discover the differences between inductive and deductive reasoning, and explore examples of logical fallacies.
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