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Informational Texts & Text Complexity - Chapter Summary
These lessons present information on the definition and characteristics of informational texts. You'll cover restating an idea and summarizing, assessing evidence found in informational writing, and analysis of two texts that are related by topic or theme. You'll also discover determination methods for student reading levels, and text complexity measurements. Other information in these lessons includes:
- Interpreting informational texts and textual evidence
- Organizational features and structures of informational texts
- Identification of relationships between specific ideas and general ideas
- Supplemental features found in informational texts
- Evaluating the point of view of the author
- Analyzing two texts that present opposite arguments
- Understanding graphic information inside the text
- Text selection based on reader and task variables
Each lesson includes a companion quiz for self-assessment. After completing the chapter, test your understanding of the material as a whole with the more comprehensive chapter exam. You can send any questions you have on the lessons to a Study.com expert.
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. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. How to Identify Relationships Between General & Specific Ideas
In this lesson, we will learn how to tell the difference between general and specific ideas. We will also explore the relationships between these ideas and practice identifying the ideas and their relationships.
6. How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text
Informational texts are nonfiction writings that inform the audience about a topic. To help organize these texts, supplemental features are used. These include print features, organizational aids, and visuals.
7. Assessing Evidence in Informational Writing
It's important to know what you're reading. In this lesson, we're going to examine the evidence in informational texts to learn whether it's valid or not.
8. Evaluating an Author's Point of View
Two authors have differing opinions on the same topic. Which one should you believe? This lesson details several things to look for when evaluating points of view and forming your own informed decisions.
9. 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.
10. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.
11. 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.
12. Methods for Determining Students' Reading Level
Assessment is essential. All students are at different reading levels and abilities. Watch this video lesson to learn ways to assess the reading level of your students.
13. Measuring Text Complexity
This lesson focuses on the necessary components used by educators to measure a text's level of complexity. Using a three part model, teachers across the nation are digging into what truly makes a text grade appropriate, yet rigorous, for a student to read.
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