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Style & Tone in Writing - Chapter Summary
The intent of this chapter is to help you develop a deeper understanding of author tone and writing styles presented in factual texts. You will review short lessons that cover point of view, persuasive writing, text features and information gathering techniques. After you have completed your review of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe how to find persuasive and instructional information from factual texts
- List text features that enhance readers' experiences
- Define and provide examples of writing style
- Evaluate an author's point of view in order to develop your own opinions
- Understand and compare tone in two persuasive writing passages
Access lessons at any time, from any device, and review them as often as needed to demonstrate a full grasp of this material. Contact instructors with any lesson-specific questions and take self-assessment quizzes that will help you determine your level of knowledge and your readiness in moving on to the next topic. Keep track of your progress through each lesson of this chapter using your Dashboard.
1. Locating Information in a Factual Text
In this lesson we explore the basics and the some useful techniques to finding information in a factual text. Additionally, we examine an example to aid application of the principles discussed.
2. What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples
You think the newest computers and smart phones have more features than dusty old books? You might think again after reading this lesson, where you'll see text features defined along with a few examples of these helpful textual enhancements!
3. 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.
4. Evaluating an Author's Point of View
Two authors have differing opinions on the same topic. Which one should you believe? This lesson details several things to look for when evaluating points of view and forming your own informed decisions.
5. Comparing Tone in Two Pieces of Persuasive Writing
It is often difficult to analyze the tone of two separate pieces of writing. Read this lesson to learn strategies for comparing the tone in two persuasive texts.
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