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Ch 11: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts

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This chapter is filled with brief video and written lessons and quizzes about informative texts that can jog your memory and help you prepare for a portion of the NES English Language Arts exam.

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

By using the information provided in our information-filled lessons, you will be able to test the validity of your sources. End of the lesson quizzes will boost your confidence about evaluating a written work and knowing whether or not it is based on factual information. After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Recognize examples and elements of written works with the purpose of informing their audience
  • Learn about different kinds of informative writing
  • Discover and deconstruct text format
  • Know definition and examples of scholarly articles
  • Understand how to test the validity of your sources and author
  • Explain definition and elements of an overview
  • Indicate whether a written work gives factual information versus personal views
  • Understand use of graphs for information

As you progress through the lessons, use the timeline feature to review specific topics. Lesson transcripts are also available. Do not hesitate to ask a question of one of our expert instructors. Printable worksheets are available if you would like to study when you aren't near a computer.

NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts Objectives

The NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts chapter links back to the 'Terminology and Reading Written Works' objective of the NES English Language Arts, which represents 23% of the exam. The subjects you will be tested on include parts, types and contents of informative texts and how to assess their validity. You will have approximately three hours to answer 150 computer-based multiple-choice questions. Each question presents a passage and a question to answer based upon your comprehension of the passage.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: NES ELA: Strategies for Reading Informational Texts
What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

1. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.

Informational Writing: Types & Samples

2. Informational Writing: Types & Samples

In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.

How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

3. How to Identify & Analyze Text Structure

Understanding the organization of a piece of writing is imperative to gain a full understanding of the author's message. Read this lesson to learn how to identify and analyze several common text structures.

What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

4. What is a Journal Article? - Examples & Overview

Find out what journal articles are and how they're different from other article types. Learn how they can be used in your research papers and essays. Read the lesson, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

5. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

6. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples

Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

7. 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.

Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

8. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text

This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.

Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs

9. 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.

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