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Ch 20: Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn how to analyze the key ideas found in nonfiction and informational texts. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About this Chapter

As both informational texts and nonfiction provide readers with fact-based information or stories, these two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. However, each type of writing has its own purpose, organizational structure and style and may take the form of a textbook or biography. This Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction and Informational Text chapter is designed to teach language arts students how to select the main words and phrases from an informational text or a nonfiction narrative and analyze them for greater clarity. After completing these lessons, you should understand how to:

  • Examine the validity and effectiveness of an argument
  • Analyze texts that consist of opposing arguments
  • Analyze the graphic information found inside a text
  • Understand how to examine two topics that are related by topic or theme

Video Objective
How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text Discover the reason and use for a particular text.
How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness and Validity Learn how to assess an argument and its efficacy.
How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic Compare how two texts relate to each other in terms of their subject matter.
How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments Compare and examine texts with contrasting arguments and ideas.
How to Analyze Graphic Information inside a Text Learn to decipher and examine graphic information in a text.

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