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STAAR English II: Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
A large majority of the text we read tends to be informational. This STAAR English II test prep chapter will help you analyze informational, or expository, writing to identify its components and key purpose. Peruse these easy-to-understand lessons to better understand topics such as:
- Components of expository writing
- Determining an author's purpose
- Analyzing specific details to identify the main point
- Developing summaries
- Critiquing essays
- Differentiating between fact, persuasion and informed opinion
- Empirical data and anecdotal evidence
- Writing's organizational structure
After reviewing these concepts, apply what you've learned by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. You can also print the full video transcripts that include highlighted key words so you can study offline as well. The format of these lessons allow you to work at your own pace from the convenience of any mobile device or computer. The Dashboard feature can help you track your progress as you use this chapter to prepare for the STAAR English II exam. Email our expert instructors any time if you have any questions on the material.
1. What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the major components of expository writing. Learn more about expository writing and see some common examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
2. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples
This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.
3. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
4. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection
Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.
5. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept
In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.
6. Essay Critique: Examples & Overview
Critiquing an essay requires you to pick it apart like a chicken carcass, leaving no bone untouched. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the major components of a well-crafted essay.
7. 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.
8. Logical Argument: Definition, Parts & Examples
Logic, the process from which logical argument stems, is the basis upon which current theories of our world are built. In this lesson, we will explore the concepts relevant to a logical argument by examining the process through examples.
9. Empirical Data: Definition & Example
In this lesson, we will explore how empirical data is defined. You will also learn about different types of empirical data and the role empirical data plays in the scientific process.
10. Anecdotal Evidence: Definition & Examples
This lesson discusses a type of evidence often provided to support some claim: anecdotal evidence. Learn how it differs from scientific evidence and when it is appropriate or inappropriate to use.
11. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types
Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.
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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: Nonfictional Prose
- STAAR English II: Sensory Language
- STAAR English II: Media Literacy
- 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