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Informational, Expository & Technical Texts - Chapter Summary
Use these lessons and quizzes to review different types of nonfiction texts. You'll cover the main features, purpose and structure of informational, expository and technical texts. After completing this chapter, you'll have covered the following elements related to these types of texts:
- Characteristics of informational texts
- Structure, main idea and purpose of informational texts
- Types of expository texts
- Features of technical texts
- Identifying sequence of events
Work through this chapter at your own pace, taking as much or as little time as you need to work through the lessons. The personal dashboard feature allows you to measure your progress and see what you still need to work on. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to assess your proficiency in the lesson topics.
1. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.
2. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
3. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection
Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.
4. Analyzing Structure in an Informational Text
In this lesson, we examine several of the most common structures that an informational text might use and the different ways each structure helps an author create an argument or deliver their message.
5. Informational Texts: Main Idea, Purpose & Audience
This lesson describes what is and is not informational text. You'll discover the purpose, features, and audience of informational text. You'll also explore examples of informational text.
6. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept
In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.
7. What is Expository Text? - Definition, Types & Examples
Expository text exposes you to facts: plain and simple. In this lesson, you will learn how to understand and identify expository text. You will be able to distinguish between expository and narrative text and understand why this distinction is important.
8. Technical Text: Definition & Examples
Don't worry; we don't have to get too technical to figure out just what a technical text really is. See how easy they can be to deal with in this lesson, where you'll see technical texts defined, as well as a few examples!
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