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Ch 3: Analysis & Evaluation of Text

About This Chapter

This comprehensive chapter explains how you can evaluate and analyze various types of written works. The video lessons go over analytical, logical and argumentative concepts that will help you find meaning in a text.

Analysis & Evaluation of Text - Chapter Summary

These video lessons focus on the skills you need in order to properly analyze a text, passage or written work. The chapter's instructors will show you how to recognize different types of information in written works and understand how to interpret them through reasoning.

After studying these lessons, you'll be able to:

  • Determine an author's expressed attitude toward a subject
  • Recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in texts
  • Assess an argument's validity and effectiveness
  • Interpret two texts related by a theme or topic
  • Analyze opposing arguments between texts
  • Evaluate reasoning in a text
  • Identify and avoid logical fallacies
  • Differentiate between fact, persuasion and informed opinion in nonfiction

Our lessons are taught professional instructors who teach each lesson in an engaging and concise way. Important writing definitions, topics and examples are included to make your learning experience efficient and enjoyable. To make sure you've fully grasped the material, take the included self-assessment quizzes after watching each video. Lesson transcripts and video tags make finding the information you need quick and easy.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Analysis & Evaluation of Text
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How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

1. How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize an author's attitude toward his or her subject. We will pay close attention to the difference between formal, objective writing, and informal, subjective writing.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

2. 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.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

3. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

4. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

5. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

6. 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.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

7. 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.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

8. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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