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Ch 6: THEA Test: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Writing

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Strengthen your preparations for the THEA test in Texas with the help of short and engaging video lessons. Use this chapter to gain greater insight into the use of critical thinking to evaluate writing.

THEA Test: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Writing - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can be used to make sure you're prepared for specific portions of the THEA test. Learn more about the process of evaluating writing with the help of critical thinking to answer questions that address:

  • Understanding how to evaluate rhetorical devices in writing and interpret works in context
  • Knowing how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works
  • Analyzing textual evidence and interpreting informational text
  • Recognizing gaps and inconsistencies in a text as well as the purpose and types of persuasive speaking
  • Identifying relationships between general and specific ideas
  • Evaluating reasoning along with sources for reliability, credibility and worth
  • Differentiating between fact, persuasion and informed opinion in nonfiction

Instructors in the video lessons showcase the materials in a high-quality visual format that makes learning entertaining. Printable video transcripts are also available that offer a written version of the lessons if you prefer to take notes and highlight key points on paper.

THEA Test: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Writing Chapter Objectives

The Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is a test designed to gauge the reading, writing and math comprehension of students hoping to enter their freshman years at Texas public colleges and universities. The computer-based test has three sections that assess concepts within each of the three subject areas. Topics covered in this chapter are found in the writing section which consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one writing sample.

The lesson quizzes in this chapter are similar to some test questions, and they can enhance your preparations. You can submit any questions you have about lesson quizzes to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: THEA Test: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Writing
Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

1. 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.

Interpreting Works in Context

2. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

3. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

4. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

5. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

6. Persuasive Speaking: Purpose and Types

Persuasive writing is all about influencing people by using credibility, logic and emotion; and this can be achieved in a few ways. The speaker may want to assert a fact, a value or even a policy.

How to Recognize Statements that Strengthen or Weaken Arguments

7. 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.

How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

8. How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas

In this lesson, we will learn how to tell the difference between general and specific ideas. We will also explore the relationships between these ideas and practice identifying the ideas and their relationships.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

9. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

10. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

11. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

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