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Ch 11: Foundations of Reading: Understanding Expository Texts

About This Chapter

Working through this chapter on expository texts can help you study efficiently for the WI Foundations of Reading exam. There are text and video lessons, as well as assessment quizzes, to help you learn or review material in an interactive manner.

WI Foundations of Reading: Understanding Expository Texts - Chapter Summary

See what type of information you can pick up about expository texts by reviewing the lessons in this chapter. After reading the transcripts or watching the videos, you will be able to answer questions on the exam that relate to:

  • Interpreting and reading strategies for expository texts
  • Reading comprehension for informational texts
  • Adjusting reading rate for comprehension
  • Strategies for supporting effective reading
  • Aiding comprehension through informational texts
  • Recognizing the sequence of events or inconsistencies in a expository text
  • Increasing students response skills
  • Text features and graphic information
  • Analyzing reference books and the importance of differentiated reading instruction

Our instructors guide you through each topic, giving you the necessary skills to answer questions correctly on the exam. The lessons make the study process fun. Take a quiz after every lesson to see how much information stuck. After taking all of the quizzes, you will know if you are ready for the real exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Foundations of Reading: Understanding Expository Texts
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Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

1. 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.

Reading Comprehension: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative

2. Reading Comprehension: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative

Reading comprehension involves three levels of understanding: literal meaning, inferential meaning, and evaluative meaning. This lesson will differentiate and define these three levels.

Strategies for Close Reading of Expository Texts

3. Strategies for Close Reading of Expository Texts

When reading expository writing, the reader needs to actively engage with the text in order to analyze, evaluate, and respond to the text. This lesson provides strategies including evaluating point of view, purpose, fact from opinion, and validity.

Adjusting Reading Rate Based on Different Factors

4. Adjusting Reading Rate Based on Different Factors

We read for several different purposes. Sometimes it's for fun; other times, it may be to learn new material. If you want to improve your comprehension, match your reading rate to the purpose.

Different Strategies to Support Effective Reading

5. Different Strategies to Support Effective Reading

Effective reading translates into successful comprehension. Using reading techniques, readers can retain and better understand information. In this lesson, we'll cover two strategies to support effective reading, so you can successfully build on your education.

Discussing Informational Texts to Aid Comprehension

6. Discussing Informational Texts to Aid Comprehension

This lesson will focus on ways of looking closely at the elements of informational text in order to better understand the content. We will focus on structure, details, and comparison to other sources. Read on, to learn more.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

7. 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.

How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

8. How to Recognize Gaps & Inconsistencies in a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize gaps and inconsistencies in nonfiction and fiction texts. We will pay special attention to gaps in arguments and informational texts.

Growing Expository Response Skills: Activities & Examples

9. Growing Expository Response Skills: Activities & Examples

If you need to expand your literary response skills, you have come to the right place. This lesson will provide you with valuable strategies and activities to use for responding to expository and informational texts.

What is a Text Feature? - Definition & Examples

10. 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!

How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

11. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

12. 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.

Strategies for Reading Comprehension of Print & Electronic Texts

13. Strategies for Reading Comprehension of Print & Electronic Texts

Effective educators know the importance of cultivating reading skills in students. In this lesson, we will explore reading comprehension strategies traditionally used for print texts that can also be applied to electronic texts.

Differentiated Instruction in Reading

14. Differentiated Instruction in Reading

Differentiated instruction is a common term in the educational world. This lesson describes three different ways a reading teacher can differentiate instruction so that all students can be successful.

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