Ch 14: Analysis of Nonfiction Texts

About This Chapter

This chapter dissects the elements of nonfiction texts and looks at the various angles of their interpretation. You'll learn about applying ideas from a passage, text features, rhetorical texts, and more.

Analysis of Nonfiction Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter breaks down numerous aspects of nonfiction texts. The lessons included examine approaches to analyzing them while defining and demonstrating related terms and concepts. Topics covered include determining fact vs. opinion, interpreting graphics, author credibility, and all of the following:

  • Defining and exemplifying nonfiction
  • Understanding nonfiction structure and organization
  • Analyzing a text's purpose
  • Fostering comprehension of informational texts
  • Using textual evidence in informational text interpretation
  • Noticing biases, assumptions and stereotypes
  • Examining an argument's effectiveness and validity
  • Logical fallacies

You'll have the chance to check your understanding of each lesson by means of practice quizzes that you can take as many times as you feel necessary. These quizzes work interactively to point you back to the part of the lesson in question should you answer incorrectly, and they can also be printed as worksheets for offline use.

13 Lessons in Chapter 14: Analysis of Nonfiction Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Structure & Organization in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

2. Structure & Organization in Nonfiction Reading Comprehension

Teaching students to effectively read nonfiction is important but can pose particular challenges. This lesson will give you some ideas about how to use structure and organization to assist students who are learning how to read nonfiction.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

3. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

4. Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

Reading and comprehending informational texts is an important skill for students. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use to support student comprehension of these texts.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

5. 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.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

6. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

7. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!

Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

8. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

9. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

10. 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

11. 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.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

12. Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

Are you making a persuasive speech or writing a persuasive essay? Or are you a consumer who reads ads? If so, this lesson will help you understand different techniques used to influence an audience.

Logical Fallacy: Definition & Examples

13. Logical Fallacy: Definition & Examples

This lesson will introduce you to the logical fallacy and explain how it works in an argument. We'll also discuss examples of common fallacies and the importance of identifying and avoiding them in effective arguments. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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