About This Chapter
HiSET Nonfiction Informational Text Skills Practice - Chapter Summary
Master analyzing and interpreting material from a myriad of different reading sources by using the appealing lessons in this chapter. These brief video lessons show you how to analyze and interpret material including articles, speeches, editorials, letters, reference books and more. Lessons in this chapter give you the opportunity to practice analyzing and interpreting material from:
- Journals and diaries
- Reference books
- Biographies and autobiographies
- Business documents
The lessons in this chapter teach the basic techniques for analyzing and interpreting written material in English and feature practice questions and quizzes that help you gauge your progress. If you want to review a topic or re-try a practice problem, use the timeline to refer back to specific points in each video. Lessons are quick, and you'll be able to watch one in about 5-10 minutes.
HiSET Nonfiction Informational Text Skills Practice Objectives
The HiSET exam is a high-school equivalency exam that gauges your knowledge of five subject areas: reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The Language Arts - Reading section consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that test your ability to understand, analyze and interpret different literary and informational texts. The majority of the content on the exam, 60%, is literary, with 40% of content originating from the informational category.
The Language Arts - Reading portion of the HiSET exam presents passages of text followed by questions about the passage.
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 HiSET Language Arts - Reading: Prep and Practice course
- HiSET: Reading Comprehension
- HiSET: Inference & Interpretation
- HiSET: Literary Analysis
- HiSET: American Literature - Literary Analysis
- HiSET: British Literature - Literary Analysis
- HiSET: Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- HiSET: Synthesis & Generalization
- HiSET Language Arts - Reading Flashcards