Ch 9: Analyzing Informational & Expository Texts

About This Chapter

Essays, articles, editorials and speeches are all examples of expository or informational writing. Learn how to analyze these for content, quality, credibility and other criteria while you help your students learn study and research skills.

Analyzing Informational & Expository Texts - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to refresh your analytical skills regarding expository and informational texts. Review the definitions of various text features, develop strategies for defining and examining ways to establish the credibility of an author's works and analyze the logic and validity of an argument. You will also study techniques that will aid you as you teach your elementary school students the skills they will need to conduct solid research and study effectively and efficiently. By the end of the chapter, you will have studied the following:

  • Informational texts and text features
  • Key features of expository writing
  • Strategies for analyzing graphic information
  • Definition and examples of author credibility
  • Analyzing texts and arguments for validity, internal consistency and logic
  • Teaching study and research skills to elementary students

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8 Lessons in Chapter 9: Analyzing Informational & Expository Texts
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Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

1. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the major components of expository writing. Learn more about expository writing and see some common examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

3. 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!

How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

4. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

5. 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.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

6. 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.

Teaching Study Skills to Elementary Students

7. Teaching Study Skills to Elementary Students

This lesson defines and discusses the importance of study skills. It also introduces different types of study skills and how they can be beneficial to students.

Teaching Research Skills to Elementary Students

8. Teaching Research Skills to Elementary Students

Elementary school students are full of questions, and teaching them to do research is a great way to help them become sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers. This lesson helps you teach research skills in the elementary classroom.

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