Ch 9: Analyzing Nonfiction Text

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This chapter is filled with fun lessons you can study any time to boost your knowledge of ways to analyze nonfiction text. Short quizzes can check your comprehension and ensure you're ready to excel on an upcoming test.

Analyzing Nonfiction Text - Chapter Summary

Understanding how to analyze nonfiction text is simple with help from this engaging chapter. Study entertaining lessons developed by top instructors to boost your knowledge of informational text, inference, author's purpose, implied main idea, organizational features of expository texts and more. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the purpose of a text
  • Summarize and restate an idea
  • Draw conclusions from a reading selection
  • Analyze two texts with opposing arguments
  • Define and describe rhetorical techniques in persuasive texts
  • Evaluate reasoning in an article or essay
  • Exhibit knowledge of philosophical fallacies and argumentation

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13 Lessons in Chapter 9: Analyzing Nonfiction Text
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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.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

2. 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.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

3. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

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.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

5. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

6. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

7. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

8. 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.

Organizational Features of Expository Texts

9. Organizational Features of Expository Texts

Reading an expository text can seem like an intimidating ordeal. Read this lesson to find out how to use specific features of expository text to help you understand the material.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

10. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

11. Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

Are you making a persuasive speech or writing a persuasive essay? Or are you a consumer who reads ads? If so, this lesson will help you understand different techniques used to influence an audience.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

12. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

13. Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

In this lesson, learn how fallacies are sometimes used when arguing one's case and why they are problematic. Consider examples of fallacies in everyday life and relate them to fallacies in philosophy.

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