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NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter to practice figuring out the meaning of informational texts for your exam. Review both construction and evaluation techniques through our targeted video lessons. The topics that follow are included in this study:
- Defining informational text
- Interpreting and deriving evidence from informational text
- Connecting ides in informational text
- Using supplemental features of informational text
- Point-of-view and purpose in informational text
- Persuasive text and argument structure
- Analyzing an argument's effectiveness
- Evaluating rhetorical devices
- Evaluating reasoning
Complete the quiz at the end of each lesson for immediate feedback. You can also experience the kinds of questions that might appear on your exam.
NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Informational Texts Objectives
The multiple-choice writing portion constitutes about 22% of your test. Review the following topics areas in preparation:
- Language choice for various purposes and audiences
- References to text, other works and personal experience when responding in writing to a literary selection
- Literary element usage, such as point-of-view, theme, characters, plot and setting
- Analysis of writing that portrays numerous layers of meaning
- Writing strategies using specific genre conventions, in addition to inventive text structures or language
- Voice in writing for literary expression and response
The test has approximately 90 multiple-choice questions. Additionally, a self-constructed written assignment composes about ten percent of the exam. In this written assignment, you can put to use some of the skills practiced in this chapter of our online study guide as you respond to a piece of writing. Effective use of your skills, with good examples and sound reasoning, determines your score for this section.
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. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More
Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.
3. 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.
4. How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text
Informational texts are factual, nonfiction writings. In order for us to learn new information, we should be able to find and connect the ideas in an informational text, and this lesson will introduce the key features that organize these ideas.
5. 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.
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.
7. What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will teach you how to identify all components of persuasive writing. You'll learn more about informational texts and test your understanding through a brief quiz.
8. Argument Structure: From Premise to Conclusion
In this lesson, consider examples of an argument, as the term is understood in philosophy. You'll learn how to create appropriate premises and how this influences how likely it is for a listener to accept your conclusion.
9. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.
10. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing
In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.
11. How to Evaluate Reasoning
Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.
12. Determining Point of View & Purpose in Informational Texts
In informational texts, authors use certain aspects of writing to illustrate their purpose and point of view. In this lesson, you'll look at how to identify both point of view and purpose.
13. Objective Summary of Informational Text: Definition & Example
One of the most popular assignments in an English class directs you to write a summary. You read a text, now what was it about? In this lesson, we will discover strategies for how to write an objective summary of an informational text.
14. How to Use Information from Multiple Sources in an Essay
Writing an academic paper requires researching and including sources. But how do you use your sources? How should they be included in your paper? This lesson will discuss using multiple sources correctly.
15. Literary Response & Analysis Skills: Types & Examples
This lesson is all about understanding literary response and analysis skills. We will define important terms, as well as go over strategies used for analyzing literary and narrative texts.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Information Resources
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Reading Comprehension Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary Genres
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing Literary Texts Overview
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Literary History & Culture
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: World Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: American Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: British Literature
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Analyzing U.S. Documents
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Arguments
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: The Pre-Writing Process
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Revising & Editing Texts
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Writing Style
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Narrative & Descriptive Writing
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Research & Writing Tips
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Interpersonal Communication
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Communicating in Groups
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Evaluating & Delivering Speeches
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Persuasive Speaking
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: English Language & Grammar
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Assessment Types & Techniques
- NYSTCE English Language Arts: Instructional Strategies
- NYSTCE English Language Arts Flashcards