15 terms

Informational Text Vocabulary

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main idea
what a passage is mainly about
topic sentence
states the main idea and direction of a paragraph
detail
a piece of information that supports the main idea
organizational pattern
text structure or layout of text (cause and effect, chronological order, compare and contrast, etc.)
commonplace assertion
a statement that most people believe to be true
summary
an overview that covers the main points (such as who, what, where, when, why, and how)
graphics
visuals used to display information (photograph, map, chart, graph, etc.)
caption
a title or short description of a visual
primary source
information from someone who experienced or witnessed an event
secondary source
information created by someone who did not experience or witness an event firsthand
subheading
a title given to a section of an article for organization
fact
A statement that can be proved
opinion
a personal view or attitude
inset
a small graphic or quote located within a larger one
legend
information (such as symbols and colors) that helps the reader interpret a map