About This Chapter
Informational Texts - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help your 6th grader navigate informational texts and nonfiction writing. Lessons explain how to evaluate an essay, define an argument, and find supporting details. Students also get tips for writing their own essays. The multiple-choice assessments after each lesson let you evaluate your middle schooler's understanding of the concepts.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples||The lesson explains the purpose and goals of nonfiction writing.|
|Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension||Students learn to summarize an essay and get reading tips.|
|How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details||The video explains how to use supporting details to enforce an idea.|
|Supporting Details: Definition, Examples & Lesson||Students learn to pinpoint supporting details of an argument.|
|How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage||This lesson describes how to analyze the elements used in a passage.|
|How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions||Students learn to find transitions and use them to determine structure in writing.|
|How Differing Authors Present Information||Students explore how authors can reach different conclusions on the same topic.|
|Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats||The lesson describes different ways to present information.|
|A Comparison Between Text and Other Mediums||Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of text compared to other media.|
|How to Restate an Idea and Summarize||This video offers essay writing tips by explaining how to reinforce ideas.|
|What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning||Students learn how to use clues to infer meaning from text.|
|Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text||The lesson compares explicit statements and inferences in writing.|
1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.
3. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
4. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples
Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.
5. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions
Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.
6. How to Restate an Idea and Summarize
Understanding how to restate an idea and summarize the information you have read is an important reading skill. In this lesson, you'll learn how to rephrase the main points of an essay, argument, or reading passage into a clear summary.
7. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.
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