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Praxis English: Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter on technical writing and the features and function of informational texts will help you prepare for questions on the Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis exam. By the end of the chapter, you will have reviewed the following topics:
- What technical writing is
- Textual evidence
- Interpreting informational texts
- Features and structures that organize informational texts
- Connecting ideas in informational texts
- Supplemental features that can be used to enhance informational texts
Each lesson is between five and ten minutes long, and will help you to quickly grasp the essential concepts associated with writing and understanding informational texts. Use the video tags to quickly jump to specific topics and the printable worksheet to help you review before and after taking the lesson quizzes.
Praxis English: Informational Texts Objectives
The Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis exam is used to measure the competence of prospective secondary school English educators. It consists of 130 selected-response questions and two written responses. Although the selected-response questions include some traditional, single-answer, multiple-choice questions, test-takers will also need to answer questions with multiple responses, order/match and table/grid questions as well as questions that respond to audio/video stimulus.
The lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for questions found in the reading portion of the test. With one constructed-response and 48 selected-response questions, this test section makes up 40% of the test. After completing this chapter, you will be ready for questions on informational texts, including how textual evidence can be used to support informational texts and how text structure and organization help to develop a central idea.
1. 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.
2. What is Technical Writing?
You might not be a doctor or an IT specialist, but you've probably had more experience with technical writing than you realize. Find out how when you explore the features of this specialized communication style in this lesson.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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. Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats
Information can be presented in many ways, and it's important to understand all of them. In this lesson, we'll talk about several ways for information to be presented and see how they relate to each other.
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