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Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
We are bombarded with technical, academic, and consumer-related information every day. This might include reading a business contract, product specifications on a new computer, a scientific paper in a magazine or any other type of informative text. In this chapter, you will study how to evaluate this type of reading material for credibility, how to identify and correctly use figures of speech, how to read graphs and other visual representations in a text, and more. Upon completion of these lessons, you will know how to:
- Read and understand contracts, product specifications and other consumer materials
- Recognize, analyze and understand titles, headings and graphic information in texts
- Understand and synthesize two related texts
- Identify primary and secondary historical resources, and evaluate their credibility, etc.
- Correctly employ sequencing in a technical document
- Use and comprehend figures of speech in context
- Define and give examples of literal, straightforward language
This comprehensive, powerful and flexible study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time. These video and text lessons are well-written and informative, yet entertaining and easy to complete. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz so that you can check your retention of the material, and the chapter test allows you to gauge your overall mastery. Our instructors are experts, and are available for questions if the need arises, and the dashboard gives you a well-organized means of staying on track.
1. Reading Consumer Materials: Comprehension Strategies
This lesson will help make sure that you are ready to read and comprehend a number of different consumer materials, ranging from cell phone contracts to housing agreements.
2. Titles & Headings in Technical Documents
Titles and headings alert readers to the topics covered in a technical document. This video explains the purpose, design, and placement of titles and headings in technical writing.
3. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text
In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.
4. How to Analyze Two Texts Related by Theme or Topic
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze two texts related by theme or topic. We will discuss how to analyze the texts individually and then how to synthesize their information.
5. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research
Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.
6. Sequence in Technical Documents
Arranging your information in a particular order will help emphasize the points you want to make in technical documents. This video provides tips for creating a clear sequence in technical writing.
7. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
8. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context
Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.
9. Literal Language: Definition & Examples
Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.
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