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Ch 9: Informational Structure

About This Chapter

To help you review informational structure in texts, we've laid out a series of easy-to-follow lessons and quizzes. Use this resource to refresh your knowledge or boost your confidence before an upcoming exam.

Informational Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors discuss informational structure through bite-sized lessons you can access on any mobile device or computer. These lessons cover the definition of non-fiction, examples of non-fiction as a literary form, and more. Once you've finished this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Draw inferences from informational texts
  • Interpret generalizations of a passage
  • Provide examples of persuasive devices in writing
  • Detail organizational features and structures in informational texts
  • Find cause and effect in a reading selection
  • Identify the problem and solution in a reading selection
  • Define a text feature with examples

Whether you need to study for a test or just want to beef up your knowledge of informational structure, this chapter can help. The self-assessment quiz included along with each lesson can help to identify any areas that need more work before exam day. Our experts are available to answer any questions that come up along the way.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: Informational Structure
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What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

2. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Drawing Inferences from Informational Texts

3. Drawing Inferences from Informational Texts

As it turns out, you may be learning more from a text than you realize. That's because in every text, some information is inferred. In this lesson, we're going to see how drawing inferences from an informational text can help us better understand it.

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

4. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

6. Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures

Informational texts are a type of nonfiction, factual writing. This lesson will identify the organizational features and structures of informational texts. It will also discuss the different patterns an author may use.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

7. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

8. 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.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

9. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!

What is a Hyperlink? - Definition & Explanation

10. What is a Hyperlink? - Definition & Explanation

This article discusses hyperlinks, which are often the jumping-off point for navigating the Internet. We'll define the term 'hyperlink', talk about how hyperlinks came about, and explain how they are used.

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