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Nonfiction Text Analysis - Chapter Summary
Students interested in exceling in their high school level English courses often are required to understand how to analyze nonfiction text. Expert instructors have developed entertaining lessons that make it easy for students to grasp this concept. This chapter looks at the process of analyzing informational, expository, persuasive and functional texts. It also provides summaries and analyses of well-known works. Upon completion of the lessons, students will be prepared to do the following:
- Draw inferences from informational texts
- Identify implied main ideas
- Use transitions to determine the text structure of a passage
- Interpret graphics in expository, persuasive and functional texts
- Analyze the content and style of the pamphlets Common Sense and The Crisis in America
- Discuss Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience
- Identify the themes and purpose of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address
- Summarize and analyze the Bill of Rights
1. 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.
2. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
3. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
4. Interpreting Graphics in Expository Texts
Expository texts frequently use graphics to present facts and information. In this lesson, we'll discuss some ways to interpret the graphics found in expository texts.
5. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts
A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.
6. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis
Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.
7. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.
8. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
9. Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: Themes & Purpose
In this lesson, we will explore the context, themes, and purposes of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. We will see how Lincoln's speech answered three important questions that were on the minds of his listeners.
10. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis
Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.
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