Week of 3/8: Expository Texts Unit

This last unit will focus on reading and responding to expository texts and passages. 

What IS an expository text?

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(from study.com: https://study.com/academy/lesson/reading-strategies-for-expository-texts.html ) :

>>"Most of us learn to read using story books with a predictable, narrative piece of fiction that is meant to entertain us. Because of the emphasis on reading fiction, many students progress through the grades unaware of how to read and understand nonfiction. That can be a real problem. Students need to learn strategies for reading expository texts, which are used increasingly beyond the primary grades as well as in everyday life.

Expository texts are used to teach. They come in many forms--textbooks, magazines, newspapers, essays, and so on. In education we mostly see expository texts in the form of textbooks, shorter stand-alone books, or articles. Expository texts, also known as 'informational texts', were once primarily used in classrooms to specifically teach a content area. When students were in science class they read about scientific concepts so they could learn about things like space or animals.

Now the emphasis has shifted to a more rounded approach. Students read science textbooks or other expository information in order to both learn about the concept, like space, and also to strengthen their reading skills."<<

 

In this unit, we will focus on three main types of expository text: Textbook and educational materials, magazines and articles, and technical texts. 

1. Watch the "Expository Text Explained" video by following the link.

This will give you a better understanding of expository texts as a whole. 

2. Read the Textbook Pages about Educational Texts and answer the questions as you go. 

 

3. Next, read the Textbook Pages about Articles and answer those questions as you go. 

 

4. Now read the Textbook Pages about Technical Texts and answer the questions and try the writing practice. 

All of the Textbook Page questions have answer keys attached.

 

5. Optional: For more expository text reading practice, return to our nonfiction reading lessons:

1. Reading Comprehension: http://www.worc-alc.org/node/564

2. Government and Civics:

http://www.worc-alc.org/node/453

http://www.worc-alc.org/node/496

http://www.worc-alc.org/node/562

3. Heredity Unit: http://www.worc-alc.org/node/323

 

Ask yourself about the purpose and main ideas about each of these text examples. 

6. Finally, Take the Unit Review Quiz by clicking on the Expository Texts Unit Review Quiz Textbook Pages link. 

As always, Answer key included.