Ch 17: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Rhetoric in Writing & Public Speaking

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Improve your writing and speaking skills by looking through the materials in this chapter. Once you do, you will be better suited to answer questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Rhetoric in Writing & Public Speaking - Chapter Summary

If you are looking to expand on your knowledge of rhetoric strategies, utilize this chapter. It will also help you review:

  • The definition of rhetoric
  • Pathos, logos and ethos
  • Different rhetorical devices
  • Writing for a specific audience
  • Modern rhetorical principles
  • Purpose of organizational patterns for writing
  • Different types of speeches
  • Finding the purpose of your message

Different rhetorical strategies for writing and public speaking will be addressed in this chapter, topics that you will be tested on in the exam. Focusing throughout these lessons isn't difficult, as they feature an intriguing format.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Rhetoric in Writing & Public Speaking Chapter Objectives

Take the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam to assess your understanding of different subjects, so you can acquire your licensure as a Massachusetts instructor. The topics that are in this chapter are part of the subarea 2 portion of the exam, which makes up 15% of the test. This portion of the exam contains strictly multiple-choice questions. Pick up skills to correctly analyze rhetoric devices by going through our materials. They will help you get your confidence up before taking the actual exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Rhetoric in Writing & Public Speaking
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What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

1. What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

If you don't read this lesson, you'll never understand what rhetoric means! That may or may not be true; it's probably just hyperbole. Read about the different definitions of rhetoric and some of its most popular means of persuasion.

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

2. 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

Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

3. Rhetorical Device: Definition & Examples

Rhetorical devices are used in language to communicate effectively and persuade. Here you'll discover more about rhetorical devices and learn how to put some of them to use in some persuasion of your own.

The Application of Modern Rhetorical Principles

4. The Application of Modern Rhetorical Principles

Would you like to craft a persuasive, motivational piece of writing, or speech? This lesson aims to inform about the principles of rhetoric and how they can be applied in composition. We will provide a brief overview of classical and modern rhetoric and learn how the principles of the former can be applied to the latter.

Writing for Your Audience

5. 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.

Determining the Purpose of Your Message: Inform, Persuade & Good Will

6. Determining the Purpose of Your Message: Inform, Persuade & Good Will

Determining the purpose of your message is the first step in deciding what you want to say and how you want to say it. It is essential to choose whether to inform, persuade or offer goodwill via a message in the workplace.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

7. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

Analyzing Your Audience and Adapting Your Message: Purpose, Process & Strategy

8. Analyzing Your Audience and Adapting Your Message: Purpose, Process & Strategy

In order for a message to be effective, it has to be impactful, clear and relatable to an audience. Learn about some key steps to analyzing an audience in order to identity the correct way to deliver and write a message.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

9. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking

10. Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking

Building credibility is an important component of your speech. Without credibility, your audience members won't trust what you have to say! This lesson will teach you about the different types of credibility and how to build credibility in your speech.

Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

11. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.

Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

12. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

13. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

14. Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

There are four ways in which a speaker can deliver his or her information. Once can speak from his head, commit every word to memory, read from a script or use a blended approach.

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