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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the structure of arguments, rhetorical skills, logical fallacies and more
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a how to write an argument unit of a standard SAT Prep course. Topics covered include:
- Structuring an argument with a quality premise to get a desired conclusion
- Writing a great argument and structuring an argument in your essay
- How to write better essays by using rhetorical skills
- Using logos, ethos and pathos to appeal to an audience in essays
- Identifying and avoiding logical fallacies
- Ways to anticipate and refute opposing views in essays
1. Argument Structure: From Premise to Conclusion
In this lesson, consider examples of an argument, as the term is understood in philosophy. You'll learn how to create appropriate premises and how this influences how likely it is for a listener to accept your conclusion.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays
In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos. Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area.
6. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.
7. 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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