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Ch 13: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts

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The lessons and quizzes in this chapter will help you brush up on strategies for reading technical and functional texts for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam.

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts - Chapter Summary

Get ready for the NES ELA exam with these study tools on technical and functional texts. You'll cover different types of technical documents and strategies for understanding and interpreting them. In this chapter, you'll find lessons on the following types of texts:

  • Analytical and informational reports
  • Unilateral contracts
  • Uniform commercial code warranties
  • Scientific presentations
  • Graphs, charts and tables of scientific data

Use the lessons to quickly review topics you may have forgotten or missed. Each lesson teaches the essential information you'll need to know for the NES ELA in less than ten minutes. Since all of our lessons can be accessed on any type of device, you'll be able to study wherever it's convenient for you!

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts Objectives

Passing the NES ELA exam is part of the certification requirements for English teachers in some states. You'll need to answer 150 multiple-choice questions delivered electronically. Use these chapter resources to prepare for questions in the Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Reading Various Text Forms subarea of the exam, which makes up approximately 23% of the total score.

To complete the test objectives for technical and functional texts, you'll need to know the characteristics of different types of technical and functional texts and be able to appropriately use the information to develop skills, gain knowledge, confirm facts and perform certain tasks. You'll also need to be able to interpret graphic features commonly used in technical texts, such as charts, legends and diagrams.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Technical & Functional Texts
Technical Text: Definition & Examples

1. Technical Text: Definition & Examples

Don't worry; we don't have to get too technical to figure out just what a technical text really is. See how easy they can be to deal with in this lesson, where you'll see technical texts defined, as well as a few examples!

Types of Technical Documents

2. Types of Technical Documents

There are many different types of technical documents. Which technical document you choose to create depends on your audience and your purpose. This video will explain the three main categories of technical documents and provide examples for each.

Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses

3. Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between informational and analytical reporting and their specific uses in the business world in order to help make decisions.

Unilateral Contract: Definition & Example

4. Unilateral Contract: Definition & Example

Once you complete this lesson, you'll have an understanding of what a unilateral contract is. You'll examine the definition of unilateral contract, as well as review an example.

Warranties Under the Uniform Commercial Code

5. Warranties Under the Uniform Commercial Code

The Uniform Commercial Code's Article 2 covers contracts for the sale of goods. Article 2 contains warranties included as part of the sale of goods. This lesson explains the difference between express warranties and implied warranties.

Understanding Textual & Non-Textual Scientific Presentations

6. Understanding Textual & Non-Textual Scientific Presentations

In order to understand science, you have to know science. This knowledge includes understanding the various ways that scientific information may be presented as well as how to critically analyze that information.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

7. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

8. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

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