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STAAR English II: Reading Persuasive & Technical Texts - Chapter Summary
You may read all the time, but comprehending persuasive and technical texts requires a specific set of skills. Make sure your skills are up to the task as you study for the STAAR English II test. By using our test-prep materials, you can review all the major topics and techniques you will need to know to do your best on the reading portions of your test. After you complete this chapter, you should feel more knowledgeable about the following:
- Identifying examples of persuasive texts
- Examining opposing arguments in different texts
- Determining whether arguments are valid and effective
- Measuring the worth, reliability, and credibility of sources
- The purpose and ideas expressed in procedural writing
- Examples of technical documents
- Knowing when to use visual graphics instead of textual graphics
- Understanding the purpose of graphic information within texts
- Clarifying the use of graphics in functional and persuasive texts
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1. What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will teach you how to identify all components of persuasive writing. You'll learn more about informational texts and test your understanding through a brief quiz.
2. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.
3. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity
In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.
4. 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!
5. Procedural Writing: Ideas & Examples
In this lesson, you'll review procedure topics, determine when to write a procedure, identify the parts of a procedure, and view an example of procedural writing.
6. Types of Technical Documents
There are many different types of technical documents. Which technical document you choose to create depends on your audience and your purpose. This video will explain the three main categories of technical documents and provide examples for each.
7. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics
Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.
8. 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.
9. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts
A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.
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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 Informational 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