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Praxis English: Methods of Argument & Rhetorical Strategy - Chapter Summary
With the video lessons in the Methods of Argument & Rhetorical Strategy chapter, you can refresh your skills and learn new strategies for constructing a literary argument and formulating essays. These are some of the skills you'll need for the Praxis English test. In this chapter, you'll learn about:
- How to develop an appeal using logos, ethos and pathos
- Methods for writing a great argument
- How to structure an argument in an essay
- Logical fallacies
- Use of rhetorical skills in essay writing
- Using word choice to set the tone of your essay
In this chapter, you'll use video lessons to deepen your understanding of composing essays and literary criticisms that engage the reader and appeal to their intellect. Our video lessons can help make learning about rhetoric and composition simple and even enjoyable.
Praxis English Objectives
The English Language Arts: Content and Analysis exam assesses your knowledge of -- and abilities and skill in -- English-language composition, literature and rhetoric to measure your readiness for secondary-level teacher licensing in English. The test consists of 130 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response (essay) questions. The test includes approximately 49 reading, 33 language use and vocabulary and 49 writing speaking and listening questions. The constructed response questions are included in the totals for the reading and writing, speaking and listening sections.
The self-assessment quizzes included in each video lesson allow you to gauge your understanding of the information you've learned. Quizzes also help you get experience with the types of questions you'll find on the actual test.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Using Details to Support an Argument
This lesson will help you to be prepared to make a more comprehensive argument by including details. You'll consider what's missing from arguments without specifics and what strategies to use to improve your supporting information.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing
In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.
7. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
8. Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies
There are hundreds of logical fallacies. Some are mathematical and complex, and some are deep and philosophical. In this lesson, you will learn about some of the most common types of fallacies you will come across in public speaking.
9. How Authors Promote Bias in Texts
Do you believe anything a person tells you? If so, then you really need to read this lesson to learn how to recognize the ways an author promotes his or her bias in a text.
10. Identifying an Author's Underlying Assumptions
Whenever a writer puts pen to paper, chances are that he or she is making a number of assumptions about the reader. This lesson focuses on some of those assumptions and how to identify them.
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Other chapters within the Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis (5039): Practice & Study Guide course
- Praxis English: Literary Forms and Genres
- Periods of American Literature
- British Literature
- World Literature Overview
- Young Adult Literature Overview
- Literary Skills & Strategies
- Praxis English: Analyzing Literature
- Praxis English: Poetry Types & Analysis
- Overview of Literary Devices
- Praxis English: Themes & Main Ideas
- Praxis English: Informational Texts
- Literary Theories & Research
- Praxis English: Strategic Approaches to Teaching Reading
- Praxis English: Language Acquisition & Development
- Praxis English: History, Development & Structure of English
- Basic Semantics
- Praxis English: Approaches to Teaching Writing
- Praxis English: Discourse Aims in Academic Writing
- Praxis English: Organizing & Developing an Essay
- Praxis English: Writing Research & Citation
- Sentence Types, Parts & Structure
- Overview of English Grammar & Usage
- Capitalization & Punctuation in English
- Praxis English: Revising & Improving Writing
- Praxis English: Organizing a Speech
- Praxis English: Delivering a Speech
- Praxis English: Classroom Discussion Strategies
- Differentiated Instruction Basics
- Language Arts Assessments
- Using Technology to Teach Reading & Writing
- Praxis English Language Arts: Content & Analysis Flashcards