About This Chapter
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
- Journals, diaries and letters
- Reference books
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the TASC Reading: Prep and Practice course
- Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
- Literary Elements
- Informational Text & Analysis
- Word Choice & Tone in Writing
- Rhetorical Devices in Literature
- Argumentative Writing
- American Literature: Examples & Analysis
- Analyzing Dramatic Literature
- American Drama: Examples & Analysis
- British Plays: Examples & Analysis