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Interpreting Non-Literary Sources Study Guide

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Interpreting Non-Literary Sources Practice Exercises

SUMMARY

You'll use your skills to interpret special texts, including instructions, advertisements, graphs, and other visual aids.

Review: What You've Learned

Here's a quick review of each lesson in this section.

Instructions. You learned how to understand and follow directions by looking up unfamiliar words, following the sequence, and noticing key words. You learned to pay careful attention to the verbs used in instructions. You also practiced evaluating instructions for clarity and completeness. 

Advertisements. You learned how to recognize ten different advertising techniques: bandwagon, ethics, fantasy, fear, humor, nostalgia, sense appeal, snob appeal, statistics, and testimonial. You also saw how to evaluate an advertisement for logic, hidden agendas, and propaganda.

Graphs. You learned to identify and interpret the parts of a graph: the caption, title, legend, and labeled axes. You practiced reading three common types of graphs: the bar graph, line graph, and pie graph.

Visual Aids. You discovered several visual aids that writers use to present information with minimal text: maps, illustrations, tables, time lines, and Venn diagrams.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Interpreting Non-Literary Sources Practice Exercises

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