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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Other chapters within the THEA Test: Practice & Study Guide course
- THEA Test: Understanding Words & Phrases
- THEA Test: Analyzing Literature
- THEA Test: Reading Comprehension & Interpretation
- THEA Test: Point of View & Meaning in Literature
- THEA Test: Drawing Conclusions from Ideas in Text
- THEA Test: Understanding Reading Assignments
- THEA Test: Writing Style
- THEA Test: Writing Organization
- THEA Test: Writing Grammar & Mechanics
- THEA Test: Using Verbs
- THEA Test: Using Modifiers
- THEA Test: Using Nouns & Pronouns
- THEA Test: Proofreading & Editing Your Writing
- THEA Test: Fundamental Arithmetic
- THEA Test: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- THEA Test: Negative Numbers
- THEA Test: Absolute Value
- THEA Test: Properties of Basic Math
- THEA Test: Solving Word Problems
- THEA Test: Fractions
- THEA Test: Decimals & Percentages
- THEA Test: Ratios & Proportions
- THEA Test: Units of Measurement
- THEA Test: Scientific Notation
- THEA Test: Radicals & Square Roots
- THEA Test: Radical Expressions
- THEA Test: Exponents
- THEA Test: Calculating & Plotting Data
- THEA Test: Solving Rational Equations
- THEA Test: Graphing Linear Equations
- THEA Test: Principles of Algebra
- THEA Test: Algebraic Expressions & Equations
- THEA Test: Word Problems in Algebra
- THEA Test: Properties of Functions
- THEA Test: Quadratic Equations
- THEA Test: Two-Variable Equations & Systems of Equations
- THEA Test: Properties of Polynomial Functions
- THEA Test: Properties & Theorems of Geometry
- THEA Test: Principles of Geometry
- THEA Test: Area, Perimeter & Volume in Geometry
- THEA Test: Problem Solving in Math