Ch 4: Analyzing Informational Texts Practice

About This Chapter

Expand your analytical skills and learn to evaluate and interpret informational text. The brief video lessons in this chapter will introduce you to a variety of informational text formats and provide the practice you need to development your analytical skills.

Analyzing Informational Texts Practice - Chapter Summary

Literary analysis is not just for fiction. Interpreting informational text is a valuable skill for business, education and daily life. Buying a new car, you might want to look at reviews before you buy. Get more out the editorial section with your morning coffee. Make quick work of reviewing annual reports on the job.

Each of the lessons in this chapter introduces you to a type of informational work, discusses its features, then walks you through the interpretation and analysis of a sample. You'll work with the following types of informational texts:

  • Editorials and articles
  • Speeches
  • Journals, diaries and letters
  • Reference books
  • Reviews
  • Biographies/autobiographies
  • Business documents

The brief, entertaining videos throughout the chapter are a great way to master informational text analysis. Our experienced instructors guide you every step of the way, but if you do have questions, just ask our subject experts. Use the video tags or the transcripts for quick review. The quiz at the end of each lesson is a great way to ensure you have mastered the concept before moving on.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Analyzing Informational Texts Practice
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial

1. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial

Expressing your opinions on paper can lead to powerful changes. Editorials have often helped promote social and political changes throughout history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze an exemplar editorial.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

2. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

3. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

4. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

5. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

6. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review

8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review

We often read film and book reviews to see if the film or book is worth checking out. But to effectively analyze a review, we need to read it in a different way. This lesson shows you how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

Understanding and evaluating an autobiography or a biography can seem like a challenging task, but in this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze both.

Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

10. Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More

While letters and memos may be purpose written for businesses, plenty of other documents are used as well. In this lesson we'll take a look at policies, procedure manuals, and employee training programs.

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