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Technical Writing and Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter on informational texts and technical writing is composed of video and text lessons that teach you how to define, interpret and organize informational writing. By the end of these lessons, you will be able to:
- Use textual evidence and interpret information
- Structure and organize informational writing
- Connect ideas in informational texts
- Use supplemental features to build up an informational piece of writing
- Identify the problem and solution in a selection
- Determine the sequence of events in a text
- Find cause and effect in a passage
- Understand topics presented in different media or formats
Our expert instructors have created a series of engaging and informative lessons to teach you the basics of technical writing. Each video is between five and ten minutes long and can be watched as many times as you like. Use the video timelines to quickly jump to desired topics and the interactive quizzes to help you review. If you have any questions about technical writing, our instructors are here to help!
1. What is Technical Writing?
You might not be a doctor or an IT specialist, but you've probably had more experience with technical writing than you realize. Find out how when you explore the features of this specialized communication style in this lesson.
2. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text
In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.
3. Informational Texts: Organizational Features & Structures
Informational texts are a type of nonfiction, factual writing. This lesson will identify the organizational features and structures of informational texts. It will also discuss the different patterns an author may use.
4. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection
Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.
5. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection
Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.
6. How to Connect Ideas in an Informational Text
Informational texts are factual, nonfiction writings. In order for us to learn new information, we should be able to find and connect the ideas in an informational text, and this lesson will introduce the key features that organize these ideas.
7. How Supplemental Features Add to an Informational Text
Informational texts are nonfiction writings that inform the audience about a topic. To help organize these texts, supplemental features are used. These include print features, organizational aids, and visuals.
8. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection
News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.
9. Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats
Information can be presented in many ways, and it's important to understand all of them. In this lesson, we'll talk about several ways for information to be presented and see how they relate to each other.
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