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Ch 13: STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter were designed as a refresher to increase the competency of the Texas teacher in preparation for the writing persuasive texts portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English II test.

STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts - Chapter Summary

Our instructors created these short lessons as study aids for individuals who are planning on taking the STAAR English II test. Reviewing these lessons will strengthen your answers to the test questions. Our lesson topics include:

  • How to develop a thesis and structure a great, persuasive argument in your essay
  • Reasoning and evidence as support for your claims in writing
  • Logical, ethical and emotional appeal
  • How to use several sources to write a persuasive essay
  • Anticipation of audience opposition and refuting them in your essays
  • Concluding statements

Each video is 5-10 minutes long, and is hosted by an instructor who obviously loves the topic of writing persuasive texts. All lessons include a quiz at the end to verify your understanding of the material. Some transcripts include bold terms for you to further investigate. Also, we include a feature that allows you to ask a question of an expert.

11 Lessons in Chapter 13: STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts
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How to Write a Great Argument

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.

Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

2. Thesis Development: Steps and Instructions

One of the most important components of a successful academic essay is a strong thesis statement. Learn how to construct an effective thesis statement for a persuasive essay by watching this lesson.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

3. 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.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

4. 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.

How to Support Your Claims in Writing With Reasoning and Evidence

5. 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.

Logical Appeal: Definition & Examples

6. Logical Appeal: Definition & Examples

Learn about logical appeals and how they're used to persuade. Find out how to use logical appeals in your writing and how fallacies can undermine your logic.

Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

7. Ethical Appeal: Definition & Examples

Find out what an ethical appeal is and the different ways it can make your persuasive writing more effective. Learn about all three appeals used in persuasive writing and take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Emotional Appeal: Definition & Examples

8. Emotional Appeal: Definition & Examples

Find out what emotional appeals are and how they can make your writing more persuasive in this lesson. Learn how to create emotional appeals and why it's important to combine them with other persuasive techniques.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

9. 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.

Audience Opposition: Anticipating and Refuting Opposing Views in Your Essays

10. 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.

Concluding Statements: Supporting Your Argument

11. Concluding Statements: Supporting Your Argument

Many writers spend so much time on the body of their essay that the conclusion seems overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll break down the last paragraph of a persuasive essay and look at what needs to be included.

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