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Ch 3: Writing Arguments

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These videos will help you reinforce your understanding of the structure and components of an essay, as well as how to make arguments in your essays convincing and persuasive.

Writing Arguments - Chapter Summary

The professional instructors of these videos help you improve your ability to write essays and persuasive arguments by first explaining the components of strong essays, then reviewing what makes an argument convincing. Such topics include how to structure your essay, what writing style you should use, how to address your audience and how to evaluate the evidence supporting your argument. After you've completed this chapter you should have a firm understanding of:

  • The structure and parts of essays and their arguments
  • Thesis statements that catch the attention of audiences
  • Strong essay bodies and the use of transitional statements
  • Using first, second and third person points of view
  • Benefits of using several sources in an argument
  • Developing a strong argument with claims and counter claims
  • Logos, ethos and pathos
  • Rhetorical skills and how they can be used to improve writing

Accompanying each video are lesson worksheets and quizzes intended to help you fortify your understanding of the material covered in the videos. You can organize your review of topics you don't understand by using video tags that take you straight to key points of the videos. Written transcripts are included in each lesson to give you an alternative way of reviewing the material. If at any time you're uncertain on the material covered in these lessons, you may send your questions to our instructors for clarification.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Writing Arguments
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

2. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

3. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

4. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

5. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

6. 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

7. 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 Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing

8. How to Develop Strong Claims & Counterclaims in Writing

Argumentative writing requires you to make a claim and support it. In this lesson, you'll learn how best to do so and how counterclaims can strengthen an argument.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

9. 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

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.

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