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Ch 11: 8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts

About This Chapter

The video lessons in this chapter cover essential terminology and concepts to help 8th graders master the analysis of informational texts. They can submit questions to instructors, take lesson quizzes and complete an exam to gauge their understanding of the chapter.

8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

Using this chapter, 8th graders can improve their knowledge and skills in working with informational texts. The instructors present fun video lessons to help reinforce what students have learned in their language arts courses. Some of the topics discussed in this chapter include finding main ideas, developing supporting details and making inferences in nonfiction texts. Your 8th grader can also use the lessons' videos and transcripts to compare how information is presented in differing formats and by different authors. Students take short self-assessment quizzes after each lesson, and there's also a chapter exam to test their comprehension of the covered terms and concepts.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

LessonObjective
What is Nonfiction? - Definition & ExamplesThe instructor discusses the types and characteristics of nonfiction.
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading ComprehensionStudents learn steps that will help them determine the point of an essay efficiently.
How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting DetailsThis lesson teaches students to identify main ideas and explain them using supporting details.
Supporting Details: Definition, Examples & LessonStudents learn the importance of supporting details and how to incorporate them into essays.
How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a PassageStudents practice the compare/contrast techniques discussed in the lesson.
How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using TransitionsThe instructor explains what transitions are and how they impact a passage's structure.
How Differing Authors Present InformationWith this lesson, students examine how authors may present and interpret information about the same topic differently.
Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or FormatsStudents learn how topics can be explained thoroughly by combining text with media.
A Comparison Between Text & Other MediumsStudents compare and contrast texts with multimedia versions of those texts.
How to Restate an Idea and SummarizeThis lesson teaches students how to understand ideas and summarize them in their own words.
What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended MeaningThe instructor defines inference and offers techniques for making inferences about passages.
Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a TextStudents learn to identify evidence in a text that supports both inferences and explicit statements.

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: 8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples

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.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

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.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

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.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

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.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

5. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

6. 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.

How Differing Authors Present Information

7. How Differing Authors Present Information

This lesson discusses how differing authors present the same information. Authors use facts, opinions, images and the power of persuasion to connect with their audience.

Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats

8. Understanding Topics Presented in Different Media or Formats

Information can be presented in many ways, and it's important to understand all of them. In this lesson, we'll talk about several ways for information to be presented and see how they relate to each other.

A Comparison Between Text & Other Mediums

9. A Comparison Between Text & Other Mediums

What are the advantages and disadvantages of various mediums when reading content? Does the medium affect the comprehension? In this lesson, we will compare text-only versions to audio, video, and multimedia versions of the text.

How to Restate an Idea and Summarize

10. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

11. 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.

Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text

12. Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text

In any informational text, there will be information stated explicitly, and information you have to infer. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences, and some inference issues to watch out for.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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