About This Chapter
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
|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.|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.
4. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.
5. 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.
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- Conventions in Writing - Usage: Help and Review
- Writing Mechanics Help
- How to Revise an Essay: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials: Help and Review
- Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing: Help and Review
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Composition Best Practices - Theory and Application: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision and Skill Development
- Teaching Writing
- Teaching Materials & Resources
- Prose Nonfiction
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Reading Basics
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage
- Teaching Reading
- Speaking Skills