Ch 17: OAE Reading: Informational Texts

About This Chapter

The goal of this chapter is to clarify informational text for learners. If you're going to take the OAE Reading examination for teacher certification, first use these text and video lessons to get a handle on the purpose of non-fiction writing.

OAE Reading: Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

While exploring some of the characteristics of non-fiction literature, this chapter outlines several sources of informational text. You'll find it in reading material such as autobiographies, manuals and magazines. A specific video lesson explains the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in written works. Other lessons provide tips for reading and interpreting informational text, and categorizing informational non-fiction. In advance of taking the OAE Reading examination, study this chapter's text and video lessons. Subsequently, you could:

  • Describe non-fiction, text features and informational text
  • Identify inconsistencies in works of fiction and non-fiction
  • Evaluate reason and textual evidence
  • Use context to construct meaning
  • Contrast fact, informed opinion and persuasion
  • Distinguish between various forms of literary non-fiction and informational text
  • Implement strategies for comprehending informational text
  • Interpret scientific charts and graphs

Educators who have degrees in communication studies, English and biology provide the narration for these animated videos. Access the online lessons with your Internet-connected device, and pause and restart them at will. Video and text lessons share many of the same kinds of features, including quizzes, detailed transcripts and access to related materials.

13 Lessons in Chapter 17: OAE Reading: Informational Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

2. 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 Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. 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.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

4. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

5. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

6. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

7. 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.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

8. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

9. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

10. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

11. 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.

Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

12. Supporting Comprehension of Informational Texts

Reading and comprehending informational texts is an important skill for students. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use to support student comprehension of these texts.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

13. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

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