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Published on November 14, 2008

Author: mhyatt1

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Hyatt, English 10 Review, Trimester 1, 2008-2009

Informational text gives factual information on a specific topic or event. Self-help books, as the name implies, give advice meant to improve a person’s quality of life.   Definition: Informational text is “…designed primarily to explain, argue or describe rather than to entertain.” (from Harris, et al. The Literacy Dictionary , IRA, 1995) “ The main function of expository text is to present the reader information about theories, predictions, persons, facts, dates, specifications, generalizations, limitations, and conclusions.” (Michael F. Graves and Wayne H. Slater. “Research on Expository Text: Implications for Teachers” in Children’s Comprehension of Text , K. Denise Muth, editor, IRA, 1989.)

Informational text gives factual information on a specific topic or event. Self-help books, as the name implies, give advice meant to improve a person’s quality of life.

 

Definition:

Informational text is “…designed primarily to explain, argue or describe rather than to entertain.” (from Harris, et al. The Literacy Dictionary , IRA, 1995)

“ The main function of expository text is to present the reader information about theories, predictions, persons, facts, dates, specifications, generalizations, limitations, and conclusions.” (Michael F. Graves and Wayne H. Slater. “Research on Expository Text: Implications for Teachers” in Children’s Comprehension of Text , K. Denise Muth, editor, IRA, 1989.)

To acquire information To satisfy curiosity To understand our world more fully To understand new concepts and expand vocabulary To make connections to our lives and learning To write good nonfiction To have fun

To acquire information

To satisfy curiosity

To understand our world more fully

To understand new concepts and expand vocabulary

To make connections to our lives and learning

To write good nonfiction

To have fun

Informational text uses a number of forms of organization including: Sequence of events Description by categories Process description Comparison/contrast Problem and solution Cause and effect

Informational text uses a number of forms of organization including:

Sequence of events

Description by categories

Process description

Comparison/contrast

Problem and solution

Cause and effect

gives information, gives necessary explanations to understand the information, shows what is and is not important, and often uses narrative(story) elements to make it interesting. (from Barbara Reed and Elaine Weber. Expository Text: What Is A Teacher To Do? ABC Publishing, 1990.)

gives information,

gives necessary explanations to understand the information,

shows what is and is not important, and

often uses narrative(story) elements to make it interesting.

(from Barbara Reed and Elaine Weber. Expository Text: What Is A Teacher To Do? ABC Publishing, 1990.)

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