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Analyzing Historical Information - Chapter Summary
Do you remember the ways of coming up with an essay theme? This chapter's quick video lessons will help you remember. You can remind yourself of the methods used to evaluate explanations. Take a short quiz to test your knowledge of how to read graphical representations. By the time you have reached the end of this chapter, you will be knowledgeable of the following:
- Ways to evaluate the reasoning of an essay
- Methods of evaluating explanations
- Assessing uncertainty in historical texts
- Hedging strategies
- Theme and main idea
- Definition of inference
- Reading graphical representations and works
- Analysis of a journal
If you need to review specific areas of the videos, use the timelines. The lesson transcripts give you the chance to read over the lesson. Be sure to pay attention to the keywords that are in bold print. Print out the worksheets along with the answers if you would like to study while you're away from the computer.
1. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
2. Strategies to Evaluate Explanations in Texts
In this lesson we will use the CER Framework as a strategy to evaluate explanations in historical texts. By using the CLAIM and EVIDENCE provided by the author, and the reader's own REASONING (CER), we can more easily choose the best explanation.
3. Evaluating & Acknowledging Uncertainty in Historical Texts
Explore the challenges facing historians who write stories about the past. Discover advantages and difficulties in writing history and learn strategies used to account for ambiguities in historical texts.
4. Hedging Strategies for Presenting Unclear Ideas
We often see negative hedging strategies in politics, but they're not always tools of evasion or dishonesty. In research writing, hedging strategies can help you present complex ideas responsibly without misleading your readers. In this lesson, we'll learn techniques for writing about such unclear ideas.
5. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
6. 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.
7. Interpreting Graphical Representations
After watching this video lesson, you will be able to quickly and easily read and interpret any line and bar graph. You will be able to gather important information by just looking at one of these graphs.
8. Interpreting Works in Context
In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.
9. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Journal
Interpreting a journal article can seem daunting, but recognizing common format elements and asking specific questions will help you break it down into understandable pieces that can be analyzed.
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