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Functional Text What is functional Text?
Definition Functional text is used for everyday information. It is called functional because it helps you function in your day-to-day life.
Everyday Examples • If I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, I would read and follow a recipe. • If I wanted to know my friend's phone number, I might search for it online. • If my English teacher gave a test, I would need to know how to read and follow the directions carefully.
Everyday examples cont. • If you were going on a road trip and needed to know how to get there, you would use a … • If you were registering for classes through City of Chandler, you would need … • If you were going to see a movie and wanted to know when it started, you would look …
Academic and Everyday Examples • • • Internet Atlas Almanac Dictionary Phone Book Encyclopedia • • • Newspaper Magazine Thesaurus Menu Recipes Road maps
Four types/categories of functional text
Reading to Follow Directions (F. D. ) • • Road maps Recipes Bus schedules Manuals Hobby/craft instructions Game directions Building/street signs First aid instructions
Reading to Gain Information (G. I. ) • • • Menus Movie ads Sports info. Temperature charts TV schedule School schedule Want ads/classifieds Food labels Store flyers/ads
Reading to Use References (U. R. ) • • Dictionary Thesaurus Glossary/index Phone directory/yellow pages Job manual City services directory Table of contents
Reading to Fill Out Forms (F. O. F. ) • • Club memberships (Costco) Subscriptions Resumes/job applications School forms (registrations, emergency card) Banking forms Contest/puzzle entries Library card application Book club order forms
Questions to ask yourself while evaluating your procedure 1. 2. 3. 4. Does the procedure make sense? Does each step follow the previous step? Is there any useful information missing? How could the procedure be improved?