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Ch 15: Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice

About This Chapter

Watch fun and engaging lessons about nonfiction and informational texts, such as essays and articles. Learn how to analyze and interpret these forms of writing.

Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter introduces you to the critical elements of editorials, speeches, journals, letters, reviews and other nonfiction and informational texts. The professional instructors who teach these lessons help you acquire the skills you need to analyze and interpret different forms of text and provide numerous opportunities to practice your skills. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll know how to analyze and interpret:

  • Letters
  • Reference books
  • Reviews
  • Biographies
  • Business documents

Video Objectives
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial Discover the key elements of an editorial. Learn how to analyze its purpose and common themes.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article Identify the correct format for an article. Acquire skills in describing the argument introduced in an article and interpreting its theme.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech Determine the different parts of a speech and assess the purpose for this form of informational text.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal Analyze the purpose of a journal and illustrate common elements of one.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary Pinpoint common elements of a diary. Learn how to analyze themes within a diary.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter Assess general features of a letter and learn how to interpret common themes that could be found in one.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book Identify the features of a reference book and its general format.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review Analyze themes and arguments found in reviews. Assess common elements of reviews.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography Examine the format of a biography or autobiography. Pick out themes that exist in one of these forms of nonfiction.
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting Business Documents Review examples of business documents and identify common elements. Discuss methods for analyzing business documents.

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Editorial

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Review

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.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

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.

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