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STAAR English II: Nonfictional Prose - Chapter Summary
It is important to understand the elements of nonfictional prose for easier comprehension when reading and writing nonfiction texts. These brief but engaging lessons will prepare you for the STAAR English II exam by examining the organizational structure and purpose of nonfiction essays. Each lesson outlines key topics, including:
- Exploring nonfiction as a genre
- Organizational structures used in nonfictional writing
- Using diction and syntax to convey meaning and intent
- Identifying audience to determine tone and purpose of an essay
Study the information presented in these lessons at your own pace, tracking your progress with the Dashboard feature. As you complete each lesson, utilize the multiple-choice quizzes at the end to ensure you understand the concepts presented. Review specific subjects using the direct links embedded in the quizzes. Once you achieve successful results on the more comprehensive chapter exam, you will know you're adequately prepared for these types of questions on the STAAR English II exam.
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.
2. Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection
Nonfiction texts can be organized in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify which organizational structure is being used in a reading selection.
3. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples
Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.
4. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech
Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.
5. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays
What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.
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Other chapters within the STAAR English II: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts
- STAAR English II: Poetry
- STAAR English II: Drama
- STAAR English II: Prose Fiction
- STAAR English II: Sensory Language
- STAAR English II: Media Literacy
- STAAR English II: Reading Informational Texts
- STAAR English II: Reading Persuasive & Technical Texts
- STAAR English II: The Writing Process
- STAAR English II: Writing Expository Texts
- STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English II: Grammar & Parts of Speech
- STAAR English II: Punctuation & Spelling
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR English II Flashcards