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Strategies for Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter on strategies for reading informational texts will give you a basic understanding of what informational texts are and how to identify and analyze this type of writing. As you progress through the material, you'll learn about tactics to use when evaluating credibility and determining if a written selection is presenting facts or opinions. By the end of the chapter, you'll also have covered the following topics:
- Types of informational writing
- Analyzing the structure of a text
- Journal articles
- Evaluating sources and authors
- Reading and interpreting information found in line graphs.
Chapter lessons break topics down into small chunks of easily understandable information. Our knowledgeable instructors connect lesson concepts to real-world examples and scenarios to make information both accessible and useful. Use the personal dashboard feature to see how much you've covered and what you still need to review.
1. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.
2. Informational Writing: Types & Samples
In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.
3. How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure
Understanding the organization of a piece of writing is imperative to gain a full understanding of the author's message. In this lesson, we'll learn how to identify and analyze several common text structures.
4. What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview
Find out what journal articles are and how they're different from other article types. Learn how they can be used in your research papers and essays. Read the lesson, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
5. 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!
6. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples
Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.
7. 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.
8. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
9. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs
Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.
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Other chapters within the ORELA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Practice & Study Guide course
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- Reading and Comprehension Strategies
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- Climax & Plot in Written Works
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- Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works
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- Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
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- Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
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- Phrases & Clauses in English
- Types of Sentences in English
- Modifiers in the English Language
- Grammar Conventions in English
- Comma Rules in English
- Spelling Rules in English
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- Descriptive Writing Basics
- Effective Composition Writing
- The Writing Process
- Research Writing
- Narrative Writing Strategies
- Expository Writing Strategies
- Persuasive Writing Strategies
- Effective Listening Strategies
- Public Speaking Strategies
- Viewing & Presenting Images
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