Ch 4: TACHS: Technical & Informational Text

About This Chapter

Different kinds of technical and informational texts exist that you will encounter in your analysis and interpretation classes. This course reviews the types of documents you will see on the TACHS exam.

TACHS: Technical & Informational Text - Chapter Summary

Everything from journals and diaries to speeches can be interpreted and analyzed in your studies of English. This set of video lessons will help prepare you for the kind of reading passages you will be seeing on the TACHS exam as you get ready to enter high school. The types of questions you will encounter on the test are covered in the following topics of the course:

  • Examples of technical text
  • Types and sequences of technical documents
  • Characteristics of informational text
  • Analyzing and interpreting different informational texts

These video lessons include a link to our team of experts who are available to assist you with one click if you have any extra questions about the technical and informational text documents you find in this area of the course. A collection of self-assessment quizzes is also included in this chapter so that you can practice for the actual TACHS exam with no pressure.

TACHS: Technical & Informational Text Objectives

The TACHS exam is given to all potential high school students in any of the five boroughs of New York City. The information in this chapter about technical and informational text is found in the second part of the Reading section and is entirely in multiple-choice format.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: TACHS: Technical & Informational Text
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Technical Text: Definition & Examples

1. Technical Text: Definition & Examples

Don't worry; we don't have to get too technical to figure out just what a technical text really is. See how easy they can be to deal with in this lesson, where you'll see technical texts defined, as well as a few examples!

Types of Technical Documents

2. 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.

Sequence in Technical Documents

3. Sequence in Technical Documents

Arranging your information in a particular order will help emphasize the points you want to make in technical documents. This video provides tips for creating a clear sequence in technical writing.

What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. 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.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

5. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

6. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting an Article

When reading news articles, we often get caught up in the drama, but in order to analyze an article we need to look at it differently. In this lesson, we'll discuss exactly how to do that.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

8. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal

Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Diary

Reading someone's diary seems like a slightly scandalous thing to do, but published diaries can be analyzed, interpreted, and used as research materials. In this lesson, we'll look at how to read a diary in this way.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

10. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Letter

Writing a letter to someone may seem like a casual thing, but letters can be analyzed as primary sources that represent a piece of history. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze a letter.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

11. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

12. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography

Understanding and evaluating an autobiography or a biography can seem like a challenging task, but in this lesson, we'll discuss how to effectively analyze both.

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