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Ch 18: Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing

About This Chapter

Learn about discourse aims in academic writing. Watch video lessons and track your progress with quizzes to help you prepare for the Praxis English Language Arts: Content and Analysis examination.

Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you refresh your knowledge of methods for writing persuasive essays as well as narrative, descriptive and other types of essays for the Praxis English test. The concepts you'll study this chapter include:

  • Characteristics of descriptive essays
  • Structure of informative essays
  • Characteristics of narrative essays
  • Format and characteristics of evaluative essays
  • How to write a persuasive essay
  • How to use sources
  • Components of a persuasive essay

In this chapter, you'll use video lessons to update and expand your knowledge of academic writing styles. Using examples you can relate to and clear language, these video lessons help you feel prepared for the exam.

Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing Chapter Objectives

The Praxis English exam tests your abilities, skill and knowledge in English content and analysis to determine your readiness for teacher licensing in English. This computer-based exam requires you to answer two constructed-response (essay) questions and 130 multiple-choice questions. Of the multiple-choice questions, approximately 48 cover reading, 33 cover language use and vocabulary and 49 focus on writing, listening and speaking, which is where questions on the material in this chapter are located. This part of the test accounts for 41% of the total score. The essay questions are found in the reading section and the writing, speaking and listening section.

A self-assessment quiz accompanies every video lesson. The practice questions allow you to assess your understanding of the information you are learning as you follow along. The practice quizzes can also help you get experience in the types of questions you'll find on the actual exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 18: Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Components of Writing a Persuasive Essay

1. Components of Writing a Persuasive Essay

In this lesson, we will define persuasive writing, look at the different goals of a persuasive essay, and then discuss how to plan and develop a persuasive topic.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

2. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

3. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

4. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

5. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

6. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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