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Ch 10: STAAR English III: Reading Informational Texts

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter were designed to increase your competency in preparation for the reading informational texts portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English III test.

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: STAAR English III: Reading Informational Texts
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What is Expository Writing? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

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.

Diction: Definition & Examples

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.

Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays

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.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

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.

The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

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.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

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.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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