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STAAR English III: Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
Our instructors created these short text and video lessons as a study aid to help you prepare for the STAAR English III test. This chapter will provide an overview of expository writing and various writing styles, and will also review the following:
- Tone, audience and purpose
- Inductive versus deductive reasoning
- Evaluation of the reasoning in an essay or article
- Writing organizational patterns
Lessons are presented in text and video formats, with each video being 5-10 minutes long and hosted by an instructor who obviously loves his or her topic. Each lesson includes a quiz at the end to verify your understanding of the material. Also, we include a feature that allows you to ask a question of an expert if you need further assistance.
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. What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples
What is writing style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.
3. Diction: Definition & Examples
In writing, diction refers to word selection. This lesson will explain the importance of diction, as well as how diction can be used to create voice and impact in one's writing.
4. 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.
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. The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
Inductive and deductive reasoning are often confused. This lesson introduces the concept of reasoning and gives you tips and tricks to keeping inductive and deductive reasoning straight.
7. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
8. 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 lll: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR English III: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- STAAR English III: Analyzing Texts
- STAAR English III: Reading Literary Texts
- STAAR English III: Poetry
- STAAR English III: Drama
- STAAR English III: Prose Fiction
- STAAR English III: Prose Nonfiction
- STAAR English III: Sensory Language
- STAAR English III: Media Literacy
- STAAR English III: Reading Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English III: Reading Procedural Texts
- STAAR English III: The Writing Process
- STAAR English III: Writing Expository Texts
- STAAR English III: Writing Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English III: Grammar
- STAAR English III: Punctuation & Capitalization
- STAAR English III: Spelling
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