Ch 8: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Persuasive & Functional Texts

About This Chapter

Study persuasive and functional texts through this chapter's online video lessons. Self-assessment quizzes and a practice chapter examination can gauge your preparedness to answer like questions on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Persuasive and Functional Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter is comprised of video and text lessons that can provide a review of reading functional text and the basic elements of persuasive writing. As you go through the lessons, recall how to assess the usefulness of sources for educational projects and term papers, and you can explore the utilization of persuasive techniques such as pathos and ethos. Prior to taking the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination, take a look at these lessons so you can:

  • Explain and provide examples of persuasive and functional text
  • Distinguish between opinion and fact in writings
  • Identify the different parts of an argument
  • Describe an argument's purpose
  • Determine whether sources are credible and reliable, and evaluate an author's credibility
  • Identify mood and tone in literary passages
  • Understand different kinds of writing styles
  • Examine the use of persuasive devices and rhetorical techniques
  • Develop your ability to evaluate reasoning
  • Discuss philosophical fallacies
  • Learn more about interpreting text graphics and applying passage ideas

These interactive lessons could build your level of comprehension so that you're ready when you sit for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Self-paced and instructor-led, the lessons include video tags that pause the lessons or take you from topic to topic, and they contain corresponding written transcripts that you may consult. When you reach the end of a lesson, test your understanding by taking its short multiple-choice quiz.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Persuasive and Functional Texts Chapter Objectives

There are two subtests on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. You can either take one test at a time or take both during one sitting. Titled English Language Arts and Reading, Subtest 1 includes three domains. Worth about 42% of the subtest, the Reading Process and Comprehension area is where you may need to display your in-depth understanding of persuasive and functional texts. Each of the subtests is computer-administered and consists of 55 multiple-choice questions.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Persuasive & Functional Texts
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What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Persuasive Text? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will teach you how to identify all components of persuasive writing. You'll learn more about informational texts and test your understanding through a brief quiz.

What is a Functional Text? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Functional Text? - Definition & Examples

From flyers to recipes, functional texts play a role in our lives by performing a specific function. This lesson describes what sets functional texts apart, including how we interact with them.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

3. 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.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

4. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

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!

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What is Writing Style? - Types & Examples

8. 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.

Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

9. Persuasive Devices in Writing: Definition & Examples

Also known as rhetoric, persuasive writing is something you may do without even realizing! This lesson will break down its basic components and help you to excel in the art of persuasion.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

10. Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

Are you making a persuasive speech or writing a persuasive essay? Or are you a consumer who reads ads? If so, this lesson will help you understand different techniques used to influence an audience.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

11. 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.

Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

12. Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

In this lesson, learn how fallacies are sometimes used when arguing one's case and why they are problematic. Consider examples of fallacies in everyday life and relate them to fallacies in philosophy.

Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

13. Interpreting Graphics in Persuasive & Functional Texts

A piece of writing may consist of much more than words. Many functional and persuasive texts also include graphics. This lesson discusses how to interpret several types of graphics.

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