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NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments - Chapter Summary
As part of your studies for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) English Language Arts exam, this chapter will help you review the structures and elements of a strong argument. Start your review by watching our expert instructors in a series of engaging lesson videos about:
- Claims, counterclaims, reasons and evidence
- Processes of writing a strong argument
- Uses of rhetorical skills in essay writing
- Structures of arguments
- Handling opposing views in an essay
- Developing conclusions that support an argument
- Statements that strengthen or weaken arguments
- Techniques for strengthening an argument
Enjoy the convenience of studying online and learning through a device such as a smartphone or tablet. All of the video lessons include tags that allow you to navigate from one segment to the next. Complete the quizzes that accompany these lessons to assess your knowledge of the subjects presented in this chapter.
NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments Objectives
On test day the NYSTCE English Language Arts will measure your understanding of the English language arts to determine whether you have the knowledge needed to become an English language-arts teacher. To achieves its objective, this exam asks a series of 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response item. You'll need to answer every question within three hours and 15 minutes. The Writing Arguments competency area of the exam is the equivalent of 9% of the test score. This chapter will help you prepare for these questions by reviewing key elements of and techniques for writing a strong argument.
1. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence
To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.
2. How to Write a Great Argument
Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.
3. 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.
4. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
5. How to Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing
Argumentative writing requires you to make a claim and support it. In this lesson, you'll learn how best to do so and how counterclaims can strengthen an argument.
6. How to Support Your Claims in Writing With Reasoning and Evidence
What makes an essay persuasive? How can you convince people that your position is the stronger side? In this lesson, we'll explore reasons and evidence and how to use them in a persuasive essay to convince others to support your side.
7. Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays
In addition to planning the major argumentative points you'll make when writing a persuasive paper, you should also think about potential opposing views. This video gives you tips for determining how to effectively anticipate and refute opposing views as you write your argument.
8. Writing Conclusions to Arguments
You have just finished writing an essay in which you have detailed the main points and support for your argument. But how do you finish your essay? This lesson outlines how to write an effective conclusion.
9. How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments
In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize statements that strengthen or weaken arguments. We will pay special attention to identifying strong and weak claims, reasons, and evidence.
10. Revising & Strengthening a Written Argument
You've written an argument and now all you have to do is turn it in, right? Wrong! This lesson outlines some strategies for making a written argument stronger.
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- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Narrative & Descriptive Writing
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
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