Ch 24: Analyzing Persuasive & Functional Texts

About This Chapter

This chapter can show you how to analyze persuasive functional texts. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you multiple approaches to learning the material.

Analyzing Persuasive & Functional Texts - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review how to analyze persuasive and functional texts. The videos cover all the essential points including the differences between fact and opinion, components of an argument, and writing style. Additionally, the lessons will address:

  • Persuasive and functional text
  • How to evaluate sources and authors for credibility, reliability and worth
  • Tone and mood in a reading passage
  • Persuasive devices and rhetorical techniques
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Philosophical errors

Our expert instructors review each point and how to use it effectively. Our use of brief videos and accompanying transcripts makes studying the material more interesting and more effective. If you have any questions, you may reach out to our experts for assistance.

11 Lessons in Chapter 24: Analyzing Persuasive & Functional Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will teach you how to identify all components of persuasive writing. You'll learn more about informational texts and test your understanding through a brief quiz.

What is a Functional Text? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Functional Text? - Definition & Examples

From flyers to recipes, functional texts play a role in our lives by performing a specific function. This lesson describes what sets functional texts apart, including how we interact with them.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

3. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

4. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

5. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

6. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.

Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

7. Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

Also known as rhetoric, persuasive writing is something you may do without even realizing! This lesson will break down its basic components and help you to excel in the art of persuasion.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

11. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.

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