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Ch 9: MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts

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In this MTEL Communications and Literacy Skills preparation chapter you will be treated to a review of how to interpret, outline, reference, and quote texts. Our expert instructors guide your review, and the self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for the actual test.

MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts - Chapter Summary

Use the videos in this chapter to help you prepare for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam. In this unique study interface, you find will loads of critical review and test-taking practice directly related to the MTEL test. The content of this chapter includes lessons on:

  • Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting texts
  • Reading, interpreting, and analyzing texts
  • Analyzing scientific data, charts, and graphs within texts
  • Making predictions about a text from a selection
  • Applying data from reading to other information and situations

This study program is video-centric; brief videos from expert instructors lead your review process and help maximize your retention of key concepts and skills. Reinforce your video instruction with a review of our print study resources which include a transcript of the video. Take the lesson quiz and chapter test to measure retention and get useful test-taking practice before the big day.

MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts Chapter Objectives

This chapter is a critical component of your preparation for the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam. In both the reading and writing subtests you will have to demonstrate an understanding of the skills presented here. In the reading subtest, which contains 42 multiple-choice questions, this information will support your responses in all six objectives, particularly Objective 0006 (6-8 questions, 16.7% of reading test weight). In the writing subtest your efforts at writing a summary (Objective 0011, one extended response question worth 15% of the writing subtest weight) and applying source information to your composition exercise (Objective 0012, one extended response question worth 35% of the test weight) will lean heavily on what you practice here.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts
What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

1. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

4. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

5. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

6. How to Make Predictions Based on Information from a Reading Selection

Making predictions when reading is an important reading comprehension strategy. In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important and how to model and practice it.

How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

7. How to Analyze Graphic Information Inside a Text

In this lesson, we explore graphic information in texts. We will take a look at the types of graphics often seen in nonfiction, learn how to analyze them, and see how they contribute to the texts' information.

Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

8. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

9. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

10. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

11. How to Apply Ideas from a Reading Selection to Other Situations

Applying what we learn from books to other situations in life helps us grow and improve. This lesson demonstrates how to apply ideas from a text to other situations and how to teach this important skill to readers.

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